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Hydro-economic Modeling Workshops for the Karnali and Mahakali River Basins (June 28, 2018) - Three Hydro-economic Modeling (HEM) Workshops were held between June 7-11, 2018 in Nepal as part of the Digo Jal Balikas project’s efforts to more thoroughly evaluate the potential socioenvironmental impacts of various proposed water infrastructure projects in the Karnali and Mahakali River Basins. 40 participants from national level government departments…

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Department of Irrigation uses Hydrological Models Developed by IWMI (June 27, 2018) - Hydrological models of the Koshi, Karnali-Mohana and Mahakali basins in Nepal were completed and adopted by the Department of Irrigation, Government of Nepal for developing Irrigation Master Plan for Nepal. The E-flows requirements will also be incorporated in the Irrigation Master Plan. The IWMI team has also provided input into…

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Unpacking Masculinities Workshop for water sector stakeholders (June 18, 2018) - As part of the Digo Jal Bikas project, the IWMI Nepal office organized the one-day workshop “Unpacking Masculinity” on 11TH May, 2018 in Kathmandu. The goal of the workshop was to initiate critical reflection among water stakeholders on gender issues within organisations. Water engineers, gender experts, and water sector development…

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IWMI DJB Researchers Present at the 8th Asian Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage in Kathmandu, Nepal (May 10, 2018) - IWMI researchers part of the Digo Jal Bikas project featured prominently at the 8th Asian Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage that took place on May 2-4, 2018, in Kathmandu, Nepal. In total, IWMI researchers part of the Digo Jal Bikas project gave 7 different technical presentations and some of…

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Smallholder women farmers go unacknowledged by water institutions (February 15, 2018) - The original version of this piece appeared in the Kathmandu Post on Feb. 8th 2018 under the title, Unacknowledged irrigators. Have you ever wondered how resources such as water for irrigation can become scarce and expensive amid abundance? This is happening in rural Tarai where on the one hand farmers are…

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The importance of Environmental Flows and integrating it into Nepal’s water policy (February 15, 2018) - The original version of this piece appeared in the Kathmandu Post on Dec. 15th 2017 under the title, What’s a river worth? By: Sanita Dhaubanjar, Patrick Drown, and Emma Karki A majority of us acknowledge that the rivers of Nepal play a key role in shaping livelihoods and ecosystems, but…

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Notes from the field: everyday lives in the flood plains (November 24, 2017) - In her last field visit to the Terai in the Far West of Nepal, Senior Research Officer Gitta Shrestha visited the village of Kuti in Kailali. Below she shares her observations from the field. The ambience is quiet. Birds are chirping. Chickens, cows, oxen, goats and sheep are making their…

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Environmental Flows Workshop (August 28, 2017) - The Digo Jal Bikas project partnered with the International Financial Corporation and USAID to host a workshop on the concept and the potential for application of environmental flows in Nepal. Environmental flows is broadly defined as describing the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and…

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Trade-Off Arena Workshop: Stakeholders identify priorities for hydrological modeling for Western Nepal (August 15, 2017) - Digo Jal Bikas gathered close to 50 stakeholders from various sectors across Nepal to discuss priorities in the future visioning of development in Western Nepal. One component of the Digo Jal Bikas project involves creating hydrological models that demonstrate water distribution trade-offs, the benefits and drawbacks in distributing water to…

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