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River Basin and Cryosphere
The DFAT Brahmaputra and Energy Special Project, supported by the Government of Australia under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is promoting research, and generating and documenting knowledge about the extent of water and equity issues in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.
At a glance
The project is addressing water issues by reviving springs and improving access to water for domestic and agricultural use in the regional member countries of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
River Basin and Cryosphere
Wetlands, CC & hydrological modelling
Since 2014, ICIMOD has been working with the Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) on reviving springs and managing them.
The first spring related research project in Nepal was carried out in Sindhupalchowk and Dailekh districts. This was followed by an implementation of spring revival activities in Dailekh.
With initial funding from Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)–Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the project has also prepared a spring revival protocol manual, as well as several springs revival and management manuals, and research articles.
This handbook takes on the earlier attempts of RM&DD, and modifies it to suit the generic requirement of all ICIMOD RMCs. ICIMOD and ACWADAM, following a consultative process with major partners came up with detailed steps, which were then vetted at a workshop held in Gangtok, Sikkim, India in November 2015.
NEWS AND FEATURES
The wetlands of the Hindu Kush Himalayas are a global resource. They provide habitat for migratory birds from as far away as Siberia, support rich agricultural and wild biodiversity, and provide key services for communities both upstream and downstream, from flood control to nutrient and sediment retention to regional weather regulation.
The stakes are high. Changes in temperature and precipitation can affect many aspects of mountain environments, which in turn affect life downstream, from irrigation to food to hydropower to industry.
EVENTS AROUND THE HKH
The Himalayan spring portal started as part of the WLE project. It is now being upgraded and to improve its functionality and visibility.
WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY
Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines, and offer us localized knowledge like no other.