Back to news
11 Sep 2013 | HICAP

Valuating ecosystem services in Koshi River Basin

0 mins Read

70% Complete

A joint research team from CICEROGRID-Arendal, ICIMOD, and other partners within the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) has initiated fieldwork on valuation of ecosystem services in the Koshi River Basin (KRB). A number of in-field stakeholder discussions helped deduce a possible mechanism for implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the KRB.

While water was identified as a major ecosystem service in the basin, communities identified forest as a major contributor to water resource conservation and emphasized conserving and managing water sources through better management of forest once the PES mechanism is established.

Exercise on Community Resource Mapping, Photo: CICERO/Bob van Oort

Water is a major ecosystem service considered under the PES mechanism in both upstream and downstream areas of the Koshi River. In the Shardu watershed in downstream Koshi, the rural-urban linkage is instrumental in setting up a PES mechanism linking Dharan municipality and the water supply corporation.

Cultural and religious services will be considered at later stages while finalizing the valuation of ecosystem services.

24 Sep 2015 News
Bhutanese teachers become herb gardeners

To popularize the usefulness of commonly available and frequently used herbal ...

11 Dec 2015 News
Linking to Markets Key to Livelihoods

Consultation meetings on Agriculture Marketing Policy (AMP) of Bhutan in Gelephu for Central Bhutan were completed on October 16, 2015 ...

13 May 2019 News
UIBN – India Chapter discusses data gaps and collaborative research

In a bid to address these very regional issues, provide solutions to policy and decision makers, and further encourage collaborative ...

17 Nov 2015 News
Water Assessment in Tsirang, Bhutan

The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with the Local Government, Tsirang District, Bhutan conducted a rapid ...

24 Jan 2019 HI-RISK
Regional water-related disaster experts discuss gaps in flood early warning communication and potential solutions

In his welcome remarks, Basanta Shrestha, Director of Strategic Cooperation at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), emphasized ...

11 Aug 2015 News
Experts stress need for collaboration to protect the natural heritage of earthquake-affected areas of Nepal

Over 50 experts and conservation practitioners from the region stressed the need for greater collaboration to overcome the socio-ecological impacts ...

12 May 2017 HICAP
ICIMOD Knowledge Products Launched at IPCC Event in Kathmandu, Nepal

Adaptation Solution Brief: Strengthening women’s roles as risk and resource managers at the frontline of climate change Launched by Nand Kishor ...

15 Sep 2016 News
Flood Mapping Made Easier in Bihar

Bihar, India’s most flood-prone state, is under constant threat of flooding. Every year, floods destroy lives, livestock, infrastructure and bring ...