Stakeholder consultation on
River Basins and Cryosphere
Koshi Basin Initiative
Hotel Murchunga, Dhankuta
03 August 2022
Neera Shrestha Pradhan
We are supporting Dhankuta Municipality and Chhathar Jorpati Rural Municipality in organising this consultation workshop to share the planned activities related to the Nibuwa-Tankhuwa Watershed Management Plan (NTWMP) that will be implemented by partners and stakeholders. We will finalise the intervention sites following discussions with partners and stakeholders. The workshop will provide a platform for understanding the ongoing work and community perspectives, and for sharing and interaction among stakeholders and relevant local government bodies.
Upon the demand of the local governments, research and multi-stakeholder consultations between the communities and key stakeholders of the Nibuwa-Tankhuwa Watershed (in eastern Nepal) from 2018 to 2020 led to the preparation of the NTWMP. The plan builds on the sub-watershed management guidelines of the Department of Forests and Soil Conservation and adds to critical topics such as springshed management and institutional mechanisms for implementation.
The NTWMP primarily aims to assist decision makers and practitioners at the ward, municipality, basin, and national levels to understand the watershed’s status, problems, issues, risks, and opportunities, and to leverage investments for improving watershed management in both the short and long term.
By the end of this event, stakeholders will acquire more ownership of the plan and be able to implement the planned activities by the end of February 2023.
Welcome remarks – Chintan Tamang, Mayor, Dhankuta Municipality
Remarks – Chattra Subba, Chairperson, Chhathar Jorpati Rural Municipality
Remarks – Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Introduction to workshop objectives – Neera Pradhan, ad interim Programme Coordinator, Koshi Basin Initiative, ICIMOD
Self-introduction – Nabin Bhattarai, Forest Land Restoration & REDD Research Associate – Ecosystem Services, ICIMOD
Presentation on the watershed management plan: Preparation and implementation – Bikas Adhikari, Economic Development Officer, Dhankuta Municipality
Interaction and discussion – Nabin Bhattarai, ICIMOD
Summarize and way forward – ICIMOD/Dhankuta Municipality
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Buku Prasad Acharya, CAO, Chhathar Jorpati Rural Municipality
Ram Bahadur Thapa, CAO, Dhankuta Municipality
Vote of thanks – Dhankuta Municipality
Field visit and interaction with the community and springshed committee members to showcase the interventions in Dhankuta