Indus Basin Initiative
ICIMOD’s investment strategy for engagement for SDIP Phase II focuses on ICIMOD’s ‘River Basin Programme (RBP)’ covering three major transboundary basins – the Indus, Ganga (Koshi), and Brahmaputra – using a strategic approach focuses on the interface science-policy-practice, and the multiple uses of water throughout the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).
Current challenges to river basin research include knowledge gaps, increasing disaster risks, climate change, and persisting uncertainties about hydrological processes. ICIMOD’s RBP will fall in line with SDIP-II by generating regional knowledge and feeding it into regional networks and forums while promoting science diplomacy in policy processes. Within four years ICIMOD hopes to achieve improved cooperation for enhanced management of these three transboundary rivers.
The desired impact is: improved integrated river basin management, to reduce physical vulnerabilities and improve food and energy security for mountain and downstream communities (women and men) in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region while recognizing upstream interests.
The desired outcome is: actionable proposals for integrated water resource management practices and policies, including measures for risk management and for improved and equitable access, particularly for women and girls, to water for energy and food security, formulated, shared, and used by policy makers, the private sector and service agencies at the basin and community levels.
The following intermediary results of the RBP also serve the aims of SDIP II:
The following key outputs serve the aims of SDIP II:
This component aspires to generate “cutting edge and integrated knowledge products” for addressing food, water, energy, and climate change issues for upstream and downstream basin populations.
This component is comprised of the means through which to build regional dialogues, improved communication, and advocacy.
The aim of “research into use” at ICIMOD means generating knowledge and practices that develop capacity and drive innovation for addressing the challenges that face mountain people.
Through the SDIP, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Government of Australia, ICIMOD aims to improve regional evidence-based knowledge on critical challenges faced by transboundary river basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) and offer solutions through a river basin approach.
SDIP I and SDIP II
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