on Initial Meeting
An Initial Meeting of the APN Project ARCP208-16NMY-Shrestha
was held amongst the project collaborators and
the local stakeholder, on 13 and 14 November
2008 at Hotel Himalaya in Lalitpur to discuss
the project implementation strategies and for
charting out its detailed work plan.
While China, India, Nepal and Pakistan are the
participating countries in the project, the
collaborating institutions are the Institute
for Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) in China,
the Institute for Development and Innovation
(IDI) in Nepal, the G. B. Pant Institute for
Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED)
in India, and the Global Change Impact Study
Centre (GCISC) in Pakistan. Project leader Dr.
K. L. Shrestha briefly presented the objectives
of the project together with anticipated activities
in the year one and the roles of the collaborators
in attaining the objectives. It was followed
by presentations from Dr. Yao Tandong, Director,
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, China,
and Mr. Ghazanfar Ali, Head, Water Section,
Climate Change Impact Study Centre, Pakistan
made their presentations highlighting the activities
of their respective institutions and the roles
they as collaborating institutions, would be
playing in the project implementation.
Dr. Narayan Chaulagain then made a brief presentation
based on the work he conducted for his Ph. D.
thesis on the impact of climate change on the
snow, glaciers and runoff in the Langtang Himalaya
and their consequences to the hydropower development
and livelihood of people in the region.
Discussion sessions then followed sequentially
a) Climate modeling, Validation and Projection,
b) Climate Change Impacts on Himalayan Snow
and Glacier Dynamics,
c) Snow and Glacial Melt Run-Off and Hydrology,
d) Availability and Access to the Required Data
and Support Services. The sessions were led
by Dr. Madan Lal Shrestha, Dr. Narayan Chaulagain,
Dr. Narendra Sakya and Mr Promod Pradhan respectively.
In the next session, conclusions and recommendations
resulting from the discussion sessions were
presented and agreed upon with necessary adjustments.
Finally the Initial Meeting concluded by selecting
three representative research sites for investigating
the impacts of global change on Himalayan water
resources, namely the Koshi basin in the east,
Upper Bhagirathi basin in the center and Shigar
basin in the west as the project study areas.
They were selected on the basis of their locations,
glacier coverage, socio-economic importance
and availability of field data.
It was also agreed that each of the collaborating
Institution will lead the basin study in its
respective country and will be responsible for
collecting data, running models, and making
desk and field studies for the respective basin.
Discussion was held on all those subjects with
Dr. L.M.S. Palni, Director Incharge, G B Pant
Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED),
India, who did arrive Kathmandu a few days later
and similar arrangements were agreed upon regarding
the role of GBPIHED in the project implementation.