Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Gandaki River Basin of Nepal: Putting Research into Use.
10 August 2016 - 11 August 2016, at Yak and Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu
Contact Person: Arabinda Mishra
Type: Workshop

(Scroll down for detailed agenda)

“Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods” is a five year study that ICIMOD is leading with its partners in four river basins namely Indus, Upper Ganga, Gandaki and Teesta in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The research aims at developing climate change adaptation approaches, and increasing the resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the four river basins.

As part of HI-AWARE’s third work package, i.e. Research into Use, ICIMOD together with Practical Action Nepal is organising a one and a half day consultation titled “Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in the Gandaki River Basin of Nepal: Putting Research into Use”. The event will take place between the 10th and 11th of August, 2016. The venue is the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu.

The consultation aims to share and discuss HI-AWARE research with policymakers and practitioners. The aim is to identify and prioritze suitable adaptation measures for anticipated climate change impacts in the Gandaki basin. This national level consultation is in continuation of a series of local level stakeholder engaegement events that have been held Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Chitwan districts of Nepal earlier this year.

Flip Wester of HI-AWARE(standing) and David Molden (center, sitting), Director General of ICIMOD, watch a TOUCH TABLE demonstration in progress.

With the help of the Touch Table as an interactive tool, the scheduled sessions will demonstrate integrateded data that has been compiled from HI-AWARE climate models and other available data for the Gandaki study basin. The Touch Table will be able to display this data while having identified priority areas along with adaptation measures. This would make this session a highly interactive and participatory process. The end result of this consultation will aid HI-AWARE researchers in customizing their research outputs as per needs and priorities.

The sessions will be divided into:

Day 1
(i) Understanding the Touch Table functionalities
(ii)Touch Table application on theme of flood and drought
(iii) Touch Table application on theme of agriculture and hydropower

Day 2
(i)Policy and Practice Panel and discussionon adaptation in Nepal


A detailed agenda is below:

August 10, 2016


Registration and Tea


(Inaugural Session)

Introduction of dignitaries on the dias (and in the audience) by ICIMOD

Welcome remarks by Dr Eklabya Sharma, DPO, ICIMOD

About HI-AWARE (Anjal Prakash, ICIMOD + animation video)

Presentation on HI-AWARE key findings

–          Presentation on the science component (climate model projections) & brief discussion (Mandira Shrestha)

–          Presentation on the vulnerability component (situation analysis of Gandaki Basin) & brief discussion (Pranita Udas)

–          Presentation on the adaptation component (adaptation measures identified for Gandaki Basin) & brief discussion (Bimal Regmi)


Remarks from the Distinguished Guests on dias


Closing remarks by Chairperson


Vote of thanks  (Bimal Raj Regmi, ICIMOD)




About the approach to RiU in HI-AWARE, stakeholders engagement process, about the workshop and its objectives; and clarificatory Q&A  (Arabinda Mishra, ICIMOD and Gehendra Gurung, Practical Action – Nepal)

Presentation on TouchTable functionalities and  usage for cogeneration of knowledge + clarificatory Q&A (Arjen Koeckoeck, CAS)




Technical Session 1

TouchTable application on the themes of precipitation/floods and  temperature/drought in Gandaki basin

(2 Parallel Working Groups; Chairs – tbd

Facilitators – Arjen, Arabinda, Gehendra + Hasse, Vishwas, Bimal)




Technical Session 2

TouchTable application on the themes of precipitation/floods and  temperature/drought in Gandaki basin – continued with Groups switching themes

(2 Parallel Working Groups; Chairs – tbd

Facilitators – Arjen, Arabinda, Gehendra + Hasse, Vishwas, Bimal)



4:30- 5:00

Plenary discussion learnings from technical sessions and feedback on the day’s proceedings from participants

Chair – tbd


August 11, 2016 (Half-day)


Summary of Day 1 (Arabinda and Arjen)


Policy & Practice Panel on Adaptation in Nepal (Moderator – Giovanna Gioli)

–          Panelists – tbd




Policy Panel discussion (continued)

–          Moderated interactive session


Closing of workshop

–          Presentation on way forward for HIAWARE

–          Vote of thanks