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Water and Air
Within my work with our Water and Air Theme, my areas of interest and expertise include research, onsite demonstration of technological packages, and technical capacity enhancement of multiple stakeholders in the field of the watershed and springshed management. The major activities that I lead are soil and water conservation and management, drinking and agricultural water management, and revival of drying or dried springs in the HKH region. I supervise young team members who are working in the field of the watershed and springshed management.
Madhav Prasad Dhakal
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
There are solutions to every issue. I believe that the pulse of the planet will be protected if impacts of climate change in different sectors are researched and addressed by showcasing innovative, simple, practical and affordable solutions, and if knowledge is shared with decision-makers across the HKH. I contribute to doing this myself by identifying issues, demonstrating solutions, and documenting and sharing knowledge on sustainable water and land management.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I enjoy the multi-cultural environment working among colleagues from our regional member countries. I enjoy meeting people across the HKH region and listening to their stories about the natural and human environments and changes that they have observed over time.
What are you passionate about?
I am concerned about waterborne diseases, which are a prime concern of rural and urban communities across the HKH region. There is less awareness among communities on the quality of the water they drink and the causes of contamination. As a result, many people encounter waterborne diseases.
I have a background in hydrometeorology and water resource management. I had worked within ICIMOD’s watershed management project as a researcher in the field of hydrometeorology, water and soil conservation from 1997 to 2006. In January 2008, I rejoined ICIMOD as a Research Associate in soil and water conservation in watersheds. For the past five years, I’ve been actively contributing to research on springs, focusing on the causes of drying springs and methods of reviving drying or dried springs. Before joining ICIMOD, I was a lecturer at Tribhuvan University; and I also worked as a consultant for GTZ in Tibet, for the European Union in Bhutan, and for the International Fund for Agricultural Development/ICIMOD in Northeast India. I have about 20 years’ experience and have published more than 50 publications including research papers, book chapters, resource manuals, and articles focused on a watershed or springshed management, hydrometeorology, soil and water conservation and management, and participatory on-farm action research. I have a Master’s degree in hydrometeorology.