Nepal GIS knowledge base Mott Macc Donald World Bank
client : Mott MacDonald
field : Environmental planning and water, Regional water management, Ecology, Urban water, Safety, Information technology, Control
year : 2010
filenumber : K0141
Water management efforts in Nepal are still tailored to water development for sectoral needs as opposed to management, integration and coordination. As a result, the country does not have a central water resources information centre though the Nepal’s Water Plan envisaged establishing such information centre within WECS – a designated apex body for the management of water resources. Presently, The World Bank is facilitating strengthening of the WECS in this direction. So all data available are managed and updated on sectoral basis as per their specific need.
Despite the fact that the present water (and benefits) sharing arrangements between Ganges riparian countries - India, Nepal, and Bangladesh – in a bilateral mode are not very satisfactory, the cooperative climate in the region is changing and there is a desire to create an atmosphere of confidence. In this context, regional cooperation has become imperative, involving all co-riparian countries in order to manage the increasing demands for water resources.
The first step in this direction is to develop and share a water resources knowledge base at both the national and basin levels to facilitate dialogue between water professionals of all co-basin countries for harnessing Ganges water resources through regional cooperation.
The objective of this project is to design, develop and implement a GIS-based spatial knowledge base for Nepal to facilitate rapid access to key data and information for improved understanding of Nepal’s river basins. The Knowledge Base will implemented in the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS). The main product of the project is called herafter: Nepal Water Resources Knowledge Base, or abbreviated as NEPAL-WRKB.