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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.
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.
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.
SDIP I and SDIP II
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