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13 Nov 2018 | News

ICIMOD’s partners in Nepal hail successful cryosphere research collaboration

Systematic long-term monitoring of the cryosphere is important to address data gaps and answer critical questions related to regional water cycles and disaster risk. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organized a cryosphere monitoring programme meeting with its partners in Nepal on 30 October 2018 to review past works, share information, and plan future collaboration.

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Representatives from DHM, WECS, KU, TU, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) – Nepal, National Center for Research and Development (IRD) – France, and ICIMOD.

In collaboration with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Tribhuvan University (TU), and Kathmandu University (KU), ICIMOD started a cryosphere monitoring programme in Nepal (CMP-N) in 2011 for long-term cryosphere research and monitoring. The CMP-N’s goal is to address the widening cryosphere data gap in the region, and joint activities have been conducted with ICIMOD’s partners in Nepal.

The partners have had different roles in ensuring the successful implementation of cryosphere monitoring in Nepal. The annual information-sharing meeting brought together representatives of key partners, who revisited past monitoring and research works and discussed areas for future collaboration. The partners hailed the success achieved by the CMP-N during the past five years of collaborative work, having conducted good scientific work, trained young researchers, and utilized the lessons learnt from Nepal to start long-term cryosphere monitoring activities in other regional member countries of ICIMOD.

Future plans for the CMP-N include continuing collaboration on providing updated data on glacial lakes and climate change, continuing capacity-building and technical support programmes, and exploring new areas for research application. A consultation meeting has been scheduled in early 2019 to comprehensively discuss the areas of collaboration.

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