National River Summit: Managing Rivers for Life!

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2014-09-24 - 2014-09-24

Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel

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National River Summit
Dates: 24th – 27th September 2014
Venue: Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel
Managing Rivers for Life!
Objectives and Outputs:
1. Bring together stakeholders to share knowledge of opportunities and threats to Nepal’s rivers.
2. Prepare recommendations to govern the rivers of Nepal.
3. Form a core group to take the process forward and produce a National River Governance document.
4. Identify key gaps in documentation, knowledge and understanding of Nepal’s rivers and plan a strategy to fill those gaps.
5. To create a forum to ensure continued communication between stakeholders and raise public awareness of river management and conservation.
Stakeholder Groups and Participants:
 Politicians
 Bureaucrats and Technocrats
 Academics
 Private Sector (trade and services)
 Community Based organizations (Local communities, NGO’s, River users)
 Development Partners
 Media
Afternoon: Welcome Reception, Registration
Evening : Dinner and Key Note Speech
Morning: Opening Session
Afternoon: Presentations
Evening: Dinner Program
Morning: Technical Session
Afternoon: Workgroups
Evening: Dinner Program
Morning: Closing Ceremony
Afternoon: Optional Rafting Trip
There will be 150 Participants and the official Language of the summit will be English.
Contact email: Tel: +977 14361995
River Challenges to be considered:
 Pollution, including solid waste, sewage, pesticides, industrial waste, and fertilizers.
 Water abstraction, by municipalities, irrigation, industry, water bottling business.
 Dams.
 Mining for sand and stone.
 Sedimentation.
 Flooding.
 Landslide.
 Habitat change from deforestation, and urbanization.
 Overfishing.
 Biodiversity and Invasive species.
 Climate Change.
 Trans-boundary issues.
 Water rights.
Chief Guest:
Leela Mani Paudel, Chief Secretary of the Government of Nepal
(to be Confirmed)
Organizing Committee headed by:
Megh Ale
President of Nepal River Conservation Trust
Technical Committee headed by:
Subodh Sharma,
Head of Department, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Kathmandu University
Management Committee
headed by: Mausam Khanal
Nepal River Conservation Trust