Back to success stories

Freshwater ecosystem assessment handbook

An important guide for the conservation and sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems in Nepal

70% Complete

We are working with the Forest Research and Training Centre, Government of Nepal, on a freshwater ecosystem assessment handbook with a view to ensure that the social, environmental, and cultural impacts of hydropower projects are taken into consideration during planning. The handbook is an implementation guide supplementary to the Hydropower Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Manual 2018. Its preparation has involved a rigorous process, including a series of consultations with multiple stakeholders with an aim to build capacity in conducting freshwater ecosystem assessments as a part of the EIA process.

An important milestone for the freshwater management sector in Nepal, the handbook is a guiding document for detailed assessment and monitoring using standard tools and methods for the conservation and sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems in Nepal. It may also be used to build national capacity on freshwater ecosystem assessment.

The handbook – being produced by the Forest Research and Training Centre, Ministry of Forests and Environment, with ICIMOD support – will build capacity in conducting freshwater ecosystem assessments as a part of the EIA process in Nepal

Other stories

Working to Avoid a Disaster

A project along the China-Nepal border aims to reduce the risk of disaster and to become an example of cross-border ...

The Power of Working Across Boundaries

Research suggests that a cooperative, river basin approach to water resources management can be beneficial to all countries In the Koshi ...

A sustainable model of community-based flood early warning

Local governments in Nepal are coordinating and investing in disaster preparedness

Unlocking the potential of cloud computing and Earth observation

GEE introduces Bhutan’s government agencies to the possibilities of enhanced data analysis and visualization

3 Dec 2019 HI-AWARE
Rethinking the Relationship Between Resources

ICIMOD research argues that a 'nexus approach' should be incorporated into future climate change adaptation strategies As ...

3 Dec 2019 Water
Before the Water Comes

Koshi basin communities can now access up-to-date information on floods In the ...

2 Dec 2019 Water
Hydropower with a Difference

A new environmental impact assessment is an encouraging sign for hydropower developers and environmentalists Despite being home ...

ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2019

Awards for preserving culture and achieving development preserving culture and achieving development