What we do

The BCRWME project, implemented in four phases (batches), provides support to all participating communities to develop and protect their water sources (springs and streams) and construct water storages to help sustain the use of limited water during the dry season. By the end of the project in 2020, Approximately 45,000 households are expected to benefit from improved water availability during the dry season to support domestic and agricultural uses. The spring or surface water sources are expected to become more reliable, and; the dry season water yield will either remain the same or increase.

Specific sub-project program (SPP) activities – through community participation – include construction of water supply infrastructure; spring boxes, storage tanks, pipelines and irrigation ponds to improve water supply and delivery, and catchment restoration through plantations, recharge ponds and landslide treatment to sustain spring yields. The program is based on principles of gender and social inclusion, to ensure equity in sub-project planning and implementation, and safeguards for resettlement, indigenous people and environment. Supporting sub-packages include capacity building of key stakeholders, watershed management planning, knowledge management, and spring monitoring and research.

The SPP preparation and implementation is divided over four batches. Batch I – completed in 2015 - covered the first eight VDCs in Doti and Dadeldhura only, to allow the project to first learn from experiences before stepping up implementation scales. Direct beneficiaries included a total of 4,740 households (27,055 people). Implementation of sub-projects in twenty VDCs under Batch II is in its final stages, delivering reliable water resources to 10,947 households (64,249 people). Batch III covers 40 VDCs (20,000 households). Sub-Project Program Reports (SPPR) outlining in detail activities planned in each VDC will be in place for all 40 VDCs before year-end. Completion of Batch III is projected for July 2017. Preparation and implementation in the remaining 40 VDCs under Batch IV will start in 2017.

It being a pilot project it is essential that key government stakeholders adopt knowledge-based approaches for integrated water and land management and improved water reliability and accessibility in the wake of climate change. Project implementation activities therefore are designed to ensure that all beneficiaries (i.e. staff of the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE), Department of Forests and Soil Conservation (DoFSC) and its Project Management Unit (PMU), Project Implementation Unit (PIU), and all participating communities in the six districts) are involved in a phased cycle of training and capacity building so that the knowledge they develop in integrated and inclusive watershed management can be used to apply best practice.

The institutions tasked with watershed management implementation will also use the lessons they learn to expand their programmes by scaling up and scaling out their activities based on this best practice knowledge. The Knowledge Information System (KIS) section on this website facilitates gathering and documenting of case studies, narratives, tools, lessons learned, and other knowledge products as they are developed during the project.

Research is conducted throughout the project on hydrological impacts of watershed management and interventions by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) under NDF2.

Project progress updates and stories are regularly shared on this website on the News (home) page and in the Publications section.