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Regional workshop on

Advancing collaborative springshed management in the HKH

Venue

Kathmandu, Nepal

Date & Time

12 July 2022 to 15 July 2022

Contact

Karishma Khadka & Rasmi Dangol

Concept note

ollaborative springshed management

 

About the workshop

There has been considerable progress in springshed-related research and interventions in the region. To address the issue of drying springs and evolving threats to water security across the ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>HKH region, we have been implementing action research and pilots to support and strengthen the capacity of local and state actors and institutions for spring rejuvenation using a six-step methodology in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Along with spring rejuvenation activities, we also work to strengthen policies and programmes around springs and increase capacity for gender-responsive springshed management.

This workshop will bring together policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics, and development partners to identify good practices and opportunities for implementing and scaling gender-responsive springshed management in the HKH region. Discussions during the workshop will explore the scope for convergence, collaboration, and regional networking for scaling of springshed management. Participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan will together plan a way forward for collaborative springshed management in the HKH.

 

Workshop objectives

  • Understanding achievements, challenges, and opportunities for springshed management in the HKH
  • Sharing good practices on springshed management
  • Exploring scope for convergence, collaboration, and regional networking for scaling up springshed management
  • Co-planning a way forward for advancing collaborative springshed management in the HKH

 

Workshop module

  • 2.5 days at the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu
  • 1.5 days in the field, in Kavrepalanchok District and the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari

 

Background

Springs have historically been the primary source of groundwater for many mountain communities across the HKH region. Springs are important for consumption and agricultural, economic, and cultural activities. They also contribute significantly to base flows in rivers, and the drying and loss of springs has consequences for the sustainability of Himalayan landscapes and river systems, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

Depleting groundwater resources and decreasing discharge/drying up of springs are emerging issues in the HKH region. It is estimated that nearly 50% of the springs in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) are drying up, affecting communities whose lives and livelihoods depend on spring water. Lack of scientific evidence, inadequate knowledge and skills of communities and institutions, lack of gender-responsive policies and governance systems, and lack of investments are some of the challenges and gaps that need to be addressed for advancing springshed management in the HKH.

To address the issue of drying springs and evolving threats to water security across the region,  ICIMOD is collaborating with the Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, People’s Science Institute (PSI), and other government and non-government partners, to implement an initiative to advance scientific knowledge and evidence, strengthen capacity building, and develop a user-friendly decision support system for springshed management in the IHR. The initiative is part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Action (SCA-Himalaya) in India.

The action research under the initiative is being implemented at four pilot locations in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur. While the field implementation of this initiative is across the four pilot sites in the IHR, the learning will be used for scaling up spring rejuvenation at the regional level.

 

Agenda

Day 1: Understanding achievements, challenges, and opportunities for springshed management in the HKH

Venue: ICIMOD headquarters

Moderators: Barsha Rani Gurung and Karishma Khadka (ICIMOD)

Time (NPT)

Session

Rapporteurs

08:45–09:15

Registration and tea

Rasmi Dangol, Mayaju Maharjan, Stantosh Paudel and Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

09:15–10:15

Inaugural session

 

Welcome rmarks – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD (10 min)

Introduction to the ICIMOD Strategy (2023–2030) – Basanta Raj Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD (15 min)

Setting the context and sharing objective of the workshop – Nand Kishor Agrawal, Programme Coordinator, Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS), ICIMOD (10 min)

Remarks

Dipak Gyawali, Academician, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and distinguished fellow, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF), Nepal (5 min)

Neena Grewal, Project Director and State Level Additional Chief Executive Officer, SLNA at Watershed Management Directorate, Government of Uttarakhand, India (5 min)

Lalit Jain, Director, Department of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India (5 min)

Keynote speaker

Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal (5 min)

Kripa Shrestha and Erica Udas, ICIMOD

10:15–11:00

Introduction of all participants (1 min each)

 

11:00–11:15

Tea break and group photo

 

11:15–11:30

Strengthening climate change adaptation in himalayas (SCA-Himalayas): A project overview – Ridhima Sud, Team Leader, SCA-Himalayas, SDC India

Kripa Shrestha and Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

11:30–12:00

Background and overview of RMS Initiative and springshed initiative – Sabina Uprety and Sanjeev Bhuchar, ICIMOD

12:00–13:15

Lessons from four action research sites (Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Manipur) under the Springshed initiative

Spring water management in himalayan region: Pathway to HKH groundwater governance – Jayesh Desai, and Himanshu Kulkarni, ACWADAM

Participatory springshed management: Experiences from Uttarakhand (India), Debashish Sen, PSI

Participatory springshed management: experiences from Himachal Pradesh (India) – Rajesh Kumar, PSI and Narender Paul, CORD

Integrated springshed management- leveraging spring instrumentation and isotope hydrology in the Indian Himalayan Region – Sumit Sen, IITR

13:15–14:15

Lunch

 

14:15–15:30

Parallel group work

Six-step protocol – Madhav Dhakal, Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD, and Kunal Upasani, ACWADAM

Gender and social inclusion – Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD, Simran Sumbre, ACWADAM, and Dikshya Upadhyay, PSI

Monitoring and evaluation – Ghulam Mohammad Shah, Sabina Uprety, ICIMOD and Debashish Sen, PSI

Policy and regional networking – Sanjeev Bhuchar, ICIMOD, and Sukesh Bartarya, PSI

Knowledge management and communication – Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD, Himanshu Kulkarni, ACWADAM, and Rajesh Kumar, PSI

Advancing science for springshed management – Erica Udas, Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD, Ipsita Roy, PSI, and Jayesh Desai, ACWADAM

 

Madhav Dhakal

Gunanidhi Pokhrel

Sabina Uprety

Sanjeev Bhuchar

Barsha Rani Gurung

Erica Udas

15:30–15:45

Tea break

 

15:45–17:15

Panel discussion

Achievements, challenges, and opportunities for springshed management

Panel 1

Neena Grewal, Project Director and State Level Additional Chief Executive Officer, SLNA at Watershed Management Directorate, Uttarakhand, India

Braja Kumar Singh, Deputy director, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Manipur, India

Susheel Chandra Acharya, Director General, Department of Water Resources and Irrigation, Nepal

Jambay, Lecturer, College of Natural Resources, Bhutan

Md. Motaleb Hossain Sarker, Director, Water Resource Management Division, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh

Panel 2

Basu Kaushal, Forest Department, Himachal Pradesh, India

Suresh Chand Attri, Principle Scientific Officer, Department of Environment, Science, and Technology (DEST), India

Manohara Khadka, Country Representative, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Nepal

Moti Lal Rijal, Associate Professor, Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Moderated by Himanshu Kulkarni, ACWADAM

Erica Udas and Santosh Paudel, ICIMOD

17:15–17:30

Reflections from Day 1 using mentimeter – Participants

Sabina Uprety and Gunanidhi Pokhrel

17:30–17:45

Briefing of day 2 programme and introduction to the field sites – Erica Udas and Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

Day 2: Improved understanding of achievements, success factors, challenges, and gaps and opportunities

Venue: Namobuddha Municipality, Kavrepalanchok District

Moderators: Erica Udas and Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD, and CEAPRED

Time (NPT) Session
08:00–10:00 Travel to field site
10:00–13:00 Visit to Resilient mountain village and spring sites
13:00–13:30 Travel to Dhulikhel
13:30–14:30 Lunch
14:30–15:30 Reflections from the field visit
15:30–17:00 Return to Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu

Day 3: Scope and areas of collaboration at regional and global levels for advancing springshed management

Venue: ICIMOD headquarters

Moderators: Sabina Uprety and Rasmi Dangol, ICIMOD

Time (NPT)

Session

Rapporteurs

08:45–09:00

Showcase Godavari Knowledge Park video

09:00–10:00

Group work on decision support system for springshed management – Kripa Shrestha, Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD and Jayesh Desai, ACWADAM

Santosh Paudel and

Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

10:00–10:15

Tea break

10:15–11:00

Panel Discussion on: Breaking the Bias

Diksha Upadhyay, Civil Engineer, PSI, India

Simran Sumbre, Social Scientist, ACWADAM, India

Karishma Khadka, Springshed Management Associate, ICIMOD, Nepal

Karma Uden, Program officer, Tarayana Foundation, Bhutan

Thingreiphi Lungharwoshi, Executive Secretary, Mountain Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Uttarakhand, India

Moderated by Sanjeev Bhuchar and Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD

Santosh Paudel and

Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

11:00–12:15

Strengthen climate resilient land and watershed management for spring rejuvenation in the Himalayas – Action oriented research proving on and offsite benefits, Hanspeter Liniger, World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), Switzerland

Identification and revitalization of water sources for sustainable water resources management of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Md. Motaleb Hossain Sarker, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh

Forest ecosystem service approach: 11 step methodology from FES project Indo-German Biodiversity programme, Ritesh Sharma, GIZ, India

Mainstreaming springshed policy for groundwater in the HKH, Chiranjibi Bhattarai, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF), Nepal

Karishma Khadka, and Santosh Paudel, ICIMOD

12:15–13:15

Lunch

13:15–14:15

Regional networking for springshed management:

Inputs (purpose, good practices)

Discussions and way forward – Sanjeev Bhuchar, ICIMOD, and Himanshu Kulkarni, ACWADAM

Santosh Paudel, and Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

14:15–14:45

Monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework – Ghulam Mohammad Shah, ICIMOD

14:45–15:00

Refresher game – Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD

15:00–15:30

Knowledge management, communication, and outreach – Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD

Santosh Paudel, and Gunanidhi Pokhrel, ICIMOD

15:30–15:45

Tea break

15:45–17:00

Group work

Convergence with relevant government programmes resources, possible funding opportunities, and regional collaboration – Santosh Raj Pathak, ICIMOD

Kripa Shrestha, Barsha Rani Gurung, and Santosh Paudel, ICIMOD

17:00–17:15

Reflections from Day 3 – Participants

Santosh Paudel and Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD

18:00–20:00

Reception dinner at Tukuche Restaurant , Lalitpur

Day 4: Action for collaboration and networking

Venue: ICIMOD headquarters

Moderator: Kripa Shrestha and Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

Time (NPT)

Session

Rapporteurs

9:00–9:15

Key highlights of the previous three days – Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

Sabina Uprety and Gunanidhi Pokhrel

9:15–10:15

Panel discussion

Springshed management for water security 

Ridhima Sud, Team leader, SCA-Himalayas, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), India

Narayan Khawas, Technical specialist, NIRAS, Denmark

Praveena Shreedhar, Chief Science & Technology Officer, Frank Water, U.K.  

Vaibhav Eknath Gosavi, Scientist, Center for Land and Water Resource Management, G.B.Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, India

Moderated by Nand Kishor Agrawal, ICIMOD  

10:15–10:30

Tea break

10:30–11:00

Reflections from the participants

11:00–11:30

Way forward

Nand Kishor Agrawal, ICIMOD

Closing remarks

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

Vote of thanks

Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD

11:30–12:30

Lunch

12:30–17:00

Visit to the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari

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