Framework for Effectiveness and Resilience of Irrigation

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  • The study will be conducted in close coordination with the Department of Irrigation.
  • Consultations and capacity building: We will engage and consult with relevant stakeholders at national and subnational levels throughout the project.
  • Irrigation and Agriculture sector analysis: We will build on existing policies, strategies, policies programmes and studies to develop a national overview of the irrigation sector in Nepal. This will cover infrastructure type, agriculture, socio-economy, governance and management arrangements in place.
  • Climate model and scenarios : The foundation for the study will be a review of existing evidence and literature to assess current and projected impacts of climate change on small- and medium-scale irrigation systems and users, on both demand and supply side and over short, medium and long term.
  • MethodologyField case studies: A limited programme of fieldwork will be undertaken during this study to provide a good understanding of the issues related to climate resilience in representative locations, which can then be analysed and synthesized with secondary and national data so that more generic recommendations can be made. The case studies will cover performance of systems, threats to sustainability, opportunities for increasing productivity, the understanding of climate change by local officials and communities, and related issues.
  • Developing a framework for resilience: The information from the sectoral analysis, climate models and field case studies will be synthesised through vulnerability assessments. Based on the assessments, we will be able to identify potential measures and interventions to improve the ability to cope with climate change and variability. This step will be followed by further detailing of best practices/interventions which can be adopted across the country. We will recommend a plan of action, prioritising activities which will ensure that existing systems remain sustainable. This will be summarised into a framework document which outlines:

-Policy recommendations, including institutional actions needed to address the greater risks

-Technical designs / standards for increasing the resilience of current and future irrigation systems for different agro-ecological zones;

-An action plan for the Ministry to inform next steps towards mainstreaming of climate change considerations into irrigation policy, planning and practice;

-Recommendations for inter-ministerial coordination mechanisms.