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.

Since its inception in the late 1980s’, NWCF has focused on generating and disseminating critical knowledge on water management through research, publications, and engagement in public discourse. It has a history of successful trans-boundary engagement within the region through such innovations as the “Patna Initiative” and has sought to address emerging challenges and numerous demands related to water management through shared learning dialogue, working for communities at the local level, as well as with national, regional, and international organizations. Most of the Intractable water-related problems being ‘Wicked problems’, NWCF is involved in generating uncomfortable, non-conventional knowledge Such out-of-the-box thinking, we believe, helps a society undergoing rapid social and economic change to find workable but perhaps clumsy solutions arrived at through constructive engagements, with a plurality of stakeholders holding contradictory certitudes regarding water and its use. NWCF shares its research findings through education and public engagements in the media.

NWCF maintains a water library that has a significant collection of gray Literature on water and other natural resources It organizes conferences, seminars, and public debates focused on issues that matter to the larger community of resource managers, policymakers, businessmen and academicians. Training is designed with a combination of presentations with interactive exercises, case studies, group discussions and lectures. NWCF discussion forum called Pani Satsang is a successful brand in the forefront of inviting guest lecturers, critical thinkers, policymakers and development professionals to delve into social, economic and environmental issues. NWCF believes in helping strengthen the institutional capacity of community and society groups for informed participation in decision-making processes. Its specific focus being capacity building both of the upcoming generations as well as of disadvantaged groups, it supports initiatives of young professionals to critically analyze issues related to natural resource management, thus creating a pool of interdisciplinary expertise.


The objectives of this organization are to:

  • Undertake research and education on water and related issue on national and regional scales,
  • Support and help build capacity of younger generation of professionals to acquire competent and professional expertise, through discussion like Pani Satsang.
  • Develop a repository of gray literature on water and its related field that will be made available to researchers and
  • Develop national, regional and international network with organizations working in similar themes and topics.


NWCF envisions a world where the current needs of water are met without compromising the rights of the future generations and nature.


Well-known nationally and internationally and looked upon as the knowledge and effective research organization, NCF maintains its status by focusing on three primary areas of:

  •  Research and training;
  • Publication; and
  • Maintaining information source and repository of gray literature


NWCF’s mission is to improve understanding of the water and its intrinsic function in human society and nature through interdisciplinary research, sharing and dissemination, and capacity building of young professionals. The aim is to evolve such ethos into institutions that analyze water issues at regional and international scales.