At a glance

Initiative goal

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).

Regional Programme

River Basin and Cryosphere

For mountains and people

Wetlands, CC & hydrological modelling

Our Focus

Reviving springs

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.

Featured Publication

Protocol for Reviving Springs in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

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.

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Around the HKH

For mountains and people



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.

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Climate change & hydrological modelling

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.

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Our involvement

Himalayan spring portal

The Himalayan spring portal started as part of the WLE project. It is now being upgraded and to improve its functionality and visibility.

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Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS)

Other Initiatives

DFAT Brahmaputra Special Project

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DFAT Brahmaputra Special Project