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Regional Annual Meeting and Strategic Committee Meeting of the Upper Indus Basin Network


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Date & Time

22 February 2022 to 23 February 2022

About the meeting

The Indus Basin Initiative as the secretariat for the Upper Indus Basin Network (UIBN) is organizing the Regional UIBN Annual Meeting (RUAM) on 22 February 2022 and the Regional Strategic Committee (RSC) meeting on 23 February 2022. As per the governance framework of the UIBN, the RUAM meets annually to discuss progress, emerging challenges, and opportunities in the country chapters, whereas the RSC meets biannually to align the strategic direction of the network with changing needs and context.

The key objectives of the meetings are as follows:

  • Strengthen regional cooperation for sustainable management of the UIB
  • Share new and relevant research related to the UIB
  • Share experiences and progress of the UIBN country chapters


Event proceedings

The Regional UIBN Annual Meeting (RUAM)


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The Regional Strategic Committee (RSC) meeting


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The Upper Indus Basin (UIB) shared by Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts considering the large downstream dependence on the upstream for water resources.

The UIBN was established in 2014 and expanded in 2018 to all the riparian countries by key stakeholders from these countries. UIBN is a voluntary and neutral knowledge and research network which aims to foster coordination among the stakeholders in research related to climate, cryosphere, water, hazards and vulnerability, and adaptation. It plays an important role in bringing together representatives of relevant government and non-government organizations, academia and policy makers to promote a shared understanding of regional challenges and opportunities and joint solutions to deal with the effects of climate change on water resources, water-induced hazards, and upstream/downstream linkages.

More on UIBN:


Country chapter’s experiences, progress, and plans


Scientific presentations


Tentative agenda

Day Afghanistan Pakistan India Nepal China Australia
Day 1
08:30-15:15 09:00–15:45 09:30–16:15 09:45–16:30 12:00–18:45 15:05–21:45
Day 2
08:25–11:15 09:05–11:45 9:35–12:15 9:50–12:30 12:05–14:45 15:10–17:45


Time (in NPT) Programme Facilitator
9:45–10:00 Registration Ashmita Shakya, Programme Associate – River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
10:00–10:20 Opening session

  • Welcome remarks – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD (5 mins)
  • Remarks – Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN (5 mins)
  • Objectives of the meeting and overview of last RUAM meeting decisions: Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD (5 mins)
  • Remarks – HE Felicity Volk, Australian Ambassador to Nepal
Arun Shrestha, Regional Progamme Manager – River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
10:20-11:20 Session 1: Country chapter’s experiences, progress, and plans

(8+4 min each)

  • UIBN Afghanistan Chapter – Naim Eqrar, Country Chapter Coordinator
  • UIBN China Chapter – Shiyin Liu, Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan University, China
  • UIBN India Chapter – P. Dimri, Country Chapter Coordinator
  • UIBN Pakistan Chapter – Muhammad Ashraf, Country Chapter Coordinator
  • Gender Resource Group (GRG) – Sadaf Dar, Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Pakistan
Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN
11:20-11:35 Tea break
11:35-12:35 Session 2: UIBN Advisors panel discussion


  • Fayezurahman Azizi, Advisor, Afghanistan Chapter
  • Shiyin Liu, UIBN China Chapter
  • Ghulam Jeelani, India Chapter
  • Nisar A. Memon, Advisor, UIBN Pakistan Chapter
  • David Molden, International Advisor, UIBN
  • Arun B Shrestha, Advisor, ICIMOD

The panelists will provide three key recommendations for the UIBN regional forum and country chapters to promote regional cooperation in the next two to five years and beyond, considering the COVID-19 pandemic

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
12:35–14:00 Break
14:00-14:55 Session 3: Scientific presentations

Experiences and new research findings from the Indus Basin, (8+2) min each)

  • Current glacier status and ELA changes since decision the Late Pleistocene in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan – M. Tayib Bromand, Co-Coordinator, UIBN- Afghanistan
  • The spatial variability of glacier mass budget in the Upper Indus Basin during the early 21st century – Wu Kunpeng, Yunnan University in Kunming, China
  • Spatiotemporal Analysis of Extreme Precipitation Characteristics in Upper Indus Basin – Dhyan S. Arya, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Baseline data collection for monitoring of Hispar Glacier in Hunza Valley Pakistan – Syed Hammad Ali, Glaciologist, Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
  • Assessment of sustainable hydropower potential in the Upper Indus Basin –Sanita Dhaubanjar, PhD Fellow, ICIMOD
Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD
14:55-15:10 Tea break
15:10-16:00 Session 3: Scientific presentations (Continued)

  • Site selection for managed aquifer recharge in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, using a multi-criteria decision – M. Salem Hussaini, Kabul Polytechnic University, Afghanistan
  • Socio-Hydrology of the Upper Indus Basin – Marcus Nüsser, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Future upstream water consumption and its impact on downstream availability in the transboundary Indus basin – Arthur Lutz, Utrecht University, Netherlands
16:00-16:30 Session 4: Closings session
Key outcomes and action points of the meeting – Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD (10 mins)Remarks (5 min each)
Basanta Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD (5 mins)
Naim Eqrar, Chairperson, UIBN (5 mins)Vote of thanks
Ajaz Ali, Programme Officer – River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD


RSC Meeting (23 February 2022) – for RSC members only

Time (in NPT) Programme Facilitator
9:50–10:00 Registration Ashmita Shakya, ICIMOD
10:00–10:20 Opening session

Recap of the decisions and actions of last RSC meeting – Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD

Objective of meeting – Naim Eqrar, Chairperson, UIBN

Chair: Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN
10:20–12:20 Remarks: Why regional cooperation is important in the UIB context –Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

Remarks– The importance of UIBN to promote regional cooperation in the riparian countries – Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN

Remarks from the RSC members

  • How should UIBN position itself at the country and regional levels to play its due role in achieving its defined objectives?
  • What should be the key focus area of this platform in the next two years and five years?
  • Decide the next RSC as well as RUAM’s agenda outline, dates, and venue
  • AOB
12:20–12:30 Outcomes and action points of the meeting – Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD

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