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Karishma Khadka

SSA - Springs / Water Quality, Water and Air

My role at ICIMOD

As a Springshed Management Research Associate within our Water and Air Theme, I work with the Resilient Mountain Solutions Initiative and the Koshi Basin Initiative for supporting springshed management activities. I am responsible for hydrogeological assessments that include geological mapping, groundwater study, and water quality assessment. I also support capacity building activities related to spring revival and springshed management.

Karishma Khadka

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

I protect the pulse of the planet through my work on springshed management supporting spring revival activities to ensure future water security in the HKH. Springs are the lifeline of millions of people in the mid-hills of the HKH and they are under serious threat due to climate change and many other natural and anthropogenic causes. Drying of springs present mountain communities with acute water stress and thus spring revival and springshed management is essentially important to protect the pulse.

Q:

What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

Working for mountains and people!! I enjoy my field-based work the most where I have frequent travel that gives me an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. And the best part is working together with groups of wonderful professionals and multidisciplinary teams at ICIMOD to promote transformative change in the lives of people of the HKH region.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

I am very passionate about travelling. I believe travelling is a way to learn and experience life, helping us grow as people. And I have a deep passion for animals, especially dogs. They make me smile more, feel loved, and make our lives better.

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My qualifications

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I hold a Master’s degree in geology with specialization in hydrogeology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. My thesis research was focused on assessment of spring water resources and I further applied and enhanced my knowledge when I initially joined ICIMOD as an Intern Hydrogeologist with the Water and Air Theme and then continued to work on springshed management as a Research Associate.

As a hydrogeologist, I’m passionate about working in the field of earth and water science contributing my knowledge and experience to ensure water security. I have been involved and developed skills in the technical and social aspects of managing springsheds and reviving springs during my work at ICIMOD. I have provided support as a resource person for trainings on springshed management such as Building Training Capacities for Reviving Springs in the Mid-hills of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) with a special focus on Bhutan in 2018 and Regional Training on Springshed Management for Socio-ecological Resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalaya in 2019.

 

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