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TRAINING WORKSHOP ON
River Basins and Cryosphere
Online via MS Teams
12 November 2021 to
25 November 2021
Santosh Nepal, Neera Shrestha Pradhan & Wade Hadwen
Organized by: ICIMOD, IWC, Griffith University, Alluvium
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) take a holistic approach to managing river basins by considering not just the water within the system, but also the management, sustainable use, and environmental impacts of water and land resources for livelihoods, as well as disaster risk reduction and management of water-related hazards. Both frameworks emphasize the interconnected nature of water bodies across a landscape or a river corridor linking upstream to downstream areas and the lives and livelihoods of all that live in the basin. They promote participatory planning and implementation processes that bring stakeholders together to make collective decisions. In the context of the Himalayan region, it is important to consider multiscale IRBM, where issues and related implications are inter-connected across micro to macro scales, especially in terms of benefit and risk-sharing related to water resources management decisions.
This training programme aims to emphasize the value of IRBM across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). The training comprises seven modules that bring together theoretical and applied real-world examples of the thematic areas and sub-topics. The participants will be exposed to both biophysical and social science concepts related to IRBM, which will enable them to understand the complex issues, impacts and responses to water management in diverse HKH river basins. We are organizing this training programme with our Australian partners – Alluvium International, Griffith University, and International Water Centre – and with funding support from the Australian Aid/Australian Water Partnership.
We will be incorporating Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) into the overarching content of all the modules and the range of case studies to be presented in them. The GEDSI-modified modules and case studies will strengthen participants’ capacity to recognise the specific socio-cultural contexts for, and their identification of, the intersections of forms of social exclusion that impact people’s capacity to manage, withstand and adapt both within their organizations and the broader community with respect to IRBM.
The seven modules will be delivered by experts from ICIMOD and Australia-based partners, and broadly cover the following topics:
The training will take place virtually in November 2021. It will be tailored to include individual learning plans for each participant. It will require participants to engage with the course coordinators and other specialists (as required) to explore how they might incorporate the learning into their work after the intensive delivery. We will facilitate frequent online exchanges (every two months) to explore barriers and opportunities to further develop participants’ capacity and leadership skills to enable the IRBM concepts to become embedded in their roles within the organizations.
All module delivery will comprise a mix of presentations and discussions, and facilitated through a professional learning hub system to enable participants to engage and exchange ideas. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience and expertise with the wider group to foster a strong sense of collaborative learning across the diverse geographic and political domains throughout the HKH region.
At the end of the training, the participants will be able to:
After the online training sessions, all participants will be supported to explore opportunities for IRBM integration into their work within their organisations. This will be facilitated by regular individual and group meetings with the Course Coordinators.
Arun Bhakta Shrestha
Kabi Raj Khatiwada
Chanda Gurung Goodrich
Sharad Prasad Joshi
Madhav Prasad Dhakal
Neera Shrestha Pradhan
Laurie Ann Vasily