Modernizing Nepal’s Groundwater Resources

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019
Funding: 1170000 SEK


Groundwater in Nepal maintains flows in streams essential for human
needs, food production, ecological health, and hydropower production.
Baseline data needed to characterize current groundwater conditions are
largely unavailable making it impossible to assess the potential for
sustainable groundwater development in Nepal. This exposes rural
livelihoods to risk under climatic changes. The overall objective of
this project is to secure sustainable use and management of groundwater
in Nepal through a modernization of monitoring. With a focus on the
Tarai and Pahar regions of Nepal, the project will run a series of three
workshop activities with distinct follow up plans over three years (1)
to catalog existing groundwater data for integration within an online
groundwater information system, (2) to train on innovative mobile
monitoring technologies utilizing citizen science methods (employment of
rural women and youth) for the collection of new hydrogeological
information, and (3) to develop synergies among Nepali Ministries and
Departments demonstrating the power of data sharing and to enable
development of joint applicant(s) for scaling up pilot studies. This
project seeks to connect the people of Nepal to their groundwater
resources. By leveraging novel technologies and geospatial databases, we
hope to unlock the power of data as a central component in Nepal’s plan
for future climate-resilient and sustainable development.

Last updated on 2017-06-10 at 08:45