Based in Kathmandu, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF) is a nonpartisan institution dedicated to interdiscipilinary research on issues affecting the use and management of water and related natural resources, with a primary focus on the Himalaya- Ganga region. NWCF’s mission is to improve understanding of water and its intrinsic function to human society and natural through interdisciplinary research, sharing and dissemination, as well as capacity building of younger professionals. It aims to develop research capacity able to analyze water issues at local, national, regional and International scales.
What We DO
SInce its beginning in 1990’s, NWCF is engaged in research on sustainable water management at local, regional and international levels. Over the last decade many changes, some of which are of transformational nature, impinge on management of natural resources. Existing institutions face increasing stress, and are not effective in responding to emerging challenges due to pollution,degradation and depletion of resource base.
NWCF has been working in the field of water, energy, climate change, disaster and natural resource management through action research, policy advocacy and capacity building. It has been a leading organization in climate research in partnership with various organizations. Recently, it carried out an action research project on climate change, water induced disaster, migration and gender transformation in East Rapti River Basin of Nepal in support of IDRC, Canada. Multiple research, capacity building and policy development activities were included where climate adaptation and management was the focus. Capacity building of vulnerable communities to increase resilience and technical support for LDCRP development at the local government’s level. Additionally, it has been working on climate adaptation and management technologies and traditional knowledge and practices, and contributes through the civil society networks like Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), SDGs National Network Nepal, Clean Air Alliance- Nepal (CAA-N) and leading some of them. Capacity building of vulnerable communities to increase resilience and technical support for local disaster and climate resilient plan (LDCRP) development at the local government’s level.
Likewise, it carried out a mainstreaming spring revival project where the major focus was on springshed conservation and climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas in partnership with ICIMOD. NWCF developed training module on spring revival for local governments and conducted trainings, and conduted extended researches in Nepal, and Bhutan, Bangladesh and India. The results showed that climate change is one of the causes contributing to a rapid drying up of springs of Nepal where about 74 percent respondents stated that they have noticed dried up springs in their area. The problem is huge resulting in humanitarian crisis in some parts of Nepal where people have to leave their traditional livelihoods, properties and settlements in search of places with water abundance.
It has also been reflected in another research that NWCF conducted in support of Food and Agriculture Organization, Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific (FAO-ROAP) on water scarcity in agriculture. Policy assessment on water scarcity and national profile has been developed where climate change adaptation and management has emerged as a challenge. Moreover, NWCF conducted a detailed hydro-geological study of various sites of water supply projects and developed water source protection and conservation plans where climate change adaptation and management is a key element. Therefore, NWCF has helped various institutions to set up hydro-met stations with the objectives to develop citizen scientists and climate smart students in schools, and mobilized FM radio stations on climate change and disaster.
Additionally, it conducts policy dialogues inviting experts, policy makers, academia, media, experts and civil society to deliberate on pressing issues of Nepal including climate change and disaster.