NVE and ICIMOD arranged a workshop for relevant stakeholders in the hydropower sector to discuss and identify various needs for services and specific data for sustainable hydropower planning and development.

From the workshop in Kathmandu 5th June 2019 Photo: ICIMOD

The topography of Nepal varies from the lowland areas just a few hundred meters above sea level, to the highest mountain peaks over 8000 meters. Consequently, the country has a huge potential for hydropower, but so far only a small fraction of the hydropower potential has been utilised.

In order to contribute to a sustainable hydropower development in Nepal, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) jointly arranged a one-day workshop in Kathmandu 5th June 2019.

During the workshop, relevant stakeholders in the hydropower sector of Nepal discussed and identified various needs for ground and remote based monitoring services as well as for specific data, information and tools for sustainable hydropower planning and development. Consultants from Multiconsult facilitated the workshop and a report of the workshop findings will soon be published.

This workshop was the second in a series of hydropower related workshops, arranged by the joint NVE-ICIMOD snowAMP-project, funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu. The theme of the first workshop in May 2019 was related to sediments and sediment monitoring in rivers in relation to hydropower planning and development.