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World Water Day 2021

What does water mean to me? Valuing and safeguarding water resources


MS Teams

Date & Time

22 March 2021


Arun Bhakta Shrestha

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World Water Day 2021



The Hindu Kush Himalaya supports the lives and livelihoods of 1.9 billion people, among which 0.92 billion live in the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins. The main sources of water in these three basins are snow and glacier melt, and rainfall-groundwater-runoff processes.

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March every year to focus on the importance of freshwater. The theme for this year, “Valuing Water”, aims to capture how different people and various sectors value water and its uses, and the water-related challenges they are facing due to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Water is fundamental to life and adds enormous value to our lives, livelihood, wellbeing, cultural practices, and to the environment. By recognizing and better understanding all the different values attributed to water, we can safeguard it effectively for everyone.



This webinar has the following objectives:

  • Explore how people from various socio-economic backgrounds view water, its uses, and value
  • Learn about water-related challenges faced by people on a daily basis
  • Highlight the need to balance development and conservation efforts while considering multiple stakeholder interests



22 March | MS Teams | 14:00 (Nepal Standard Time)

Moderated by Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD

Time Programme description Speaker/resource person
13:45-14:00 Registration Ashmita Shakya, ICIMOD
14:00-14:05 Opening remarks Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
14:05-14:50 Panel discussion Moderator: Miriam Jackson, ICIMOD
Community perspective Rehan Shah, President,  Gulkhin Village Organisation, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Transboundary perspective Jyoti Raj Patra, Programme Manager, Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA)
Practitioner’s perspective Manohara Khadka, Country Representative, International Water Management Institute, Nepal
Private sector perspective Irina Gurung, The Coca Cola Company/The Bottlers Nepal
Government perspective Wasim Iqbal, Afghanistan National Water and Environmental Research Center
14:50-15:00 Multimedia showcase: People’s reflections on what water means to them Chimi Seldon, ICIMOD
15:00-15:10 Launch and demonstration of the Indus Knowledge and Partnership Platform (IKPP) Launch by Basanta Shrestha, ICIMOD

Demo by Sharmila Dhungana, ICIMOD

15:10-15:20 What does water mean to me? Participant experiences and perspectives Chimi Seldon, ICIMOD
15:20-15:25 Summary and wrap-up Randall Ritzema, ICIMOD



Jyoti Raj Patra

Jyoti Raj Patra

Programme Manager, Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA)

Manohara Khadka

Manohara Khadka

Country Representative, International Water Management Institute, Nepal

Irina Gurung

Irina Gurung

Country Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Bottlers Nepal Limited

Wasim Iqbal

Afghanistan National Water and Environmental Research Center


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