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Team travels to Nepal to start assessment of geohazard risk

Kathmandu, Nepal – July, 2018

The Government of Nepal has prioritized addressing the impacts of climate change and seismic hazards on transport infrastructure. The country is facing numerous challenges to manage geohazard risks to its road infrastructure, including challenging terrain, the unstable geology of the Himalayas, and the annual monsoon rainfall. To support the government to identify, assess and prioritize risk mitigation measures, the World Bank initiated the Geohazard Risk Management and Resilient Road Asset Management in Nepal project. The project will help improve the country’s road network resilience to seismic hazards and climate change.

In July, a team of specialists from ICEM and GEOCE went on a scoping and baseline assessment mission to Nepal under the Improving the Resilience of Nepal’s Strategic Roads Network project, implemented as component II of the larger World Bank initiative. This component looks to expand the current flood, landslide and seismic risk assessments in Nepal and contribute to government’s ongoing works in increasing the resilience of roads and bridges.

During the visit, the team met with senior level representatives from the Department of Roads (DOR), the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DOLIDAR) and the World Bank. The roundtable meeting was used as an opportunity to introduce the project, its methodology, and the main principles of the DOR’s approach to building resilient infrastructure. These principles must be taken into account when revising the project methodology, and kept in mind as the project progresses in order to ensure results are aligned with the DOR’s approach.

The meeting involved a plenary discussion of key technical issues of the project as identified by government counterparts, the […]

Geohazard Risk Management and Resilient Road Asset Management in Nepal

Donor/Partner: World Bank    |    Duration: 2018-2019   |    Location: Nepal

About: In many developing countries, the construction of local roads, highways, and forest roads in river basins and mountainous areas are the most important triggers of landslides. These infrastructure can lead to higher rates of erosion and sedimentation. Nepal is facing further difficult challenges managing their landslide risks, including challenging terrain, the young geology of the Himalayan mountains, and annual monsoon rainfall. To expand the current landslide risk assessments in Nepal and engage on climate and disaster risk across India and Nepal, the Geohazard risk management and resilient road asset management in Nepal project has been launched.

The project will review existing landslide risk data; identify hotspot areas, early warning systems, and relevant mitigation measures; and support institutions and organizations. It will advise on-going projects, such as the Nepal: Road Sector Development Project and Nepal-India Trade and Transport Project. The project will further assess and advise the Department of Roads on considering climate change risk and earthquake mitigation into road infrastructure development. Lastly, the project will build upon earlier hazard mapping and data collection.

The objective will be achieved through applying climate and seismic vulnerability assessment to specific roads. Climate risks will be determined based upon precipitation, geology, land-use, population density and poverty levels. The highest impact/hot spot areas will be identified, and risk mitigation activities proposed. The Department of Roads, and other relevant agencies responsible for road infrastructure will then be advised on the findings, and how to assess risk, vulnerabilities and prepare mitigation plans in order for them to apply the methodology to other road sector projects.

The project will take an innovative, landscape-wide approach. Traditionally, landslides have been addressed at a very local scale, excluding the […]

By |June 21st, 2018|0 Comments

ICEM releases Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy

ICEM releases Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy and companion Environmental and Social Management Framework The deforestation and degradation of forest accounts for a significant amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. Research carried out by the IPCC has revealed that almost 20% of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere comes from global forest degradation and deforestation.
By |September 6th, 2014|Nepal news, News|0 Comments

REDD+ in Nepal: A Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy

Prepared by ICEM, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEM), the SESA presents a brief history of forest management in Nepal, forest types, and key environmental issues. It also outlines the reality of climate change vulnerability and impacts in Nepal, and highlights some of the important linkages, issues and potential trade-offs when considering strategic options to achieve REDD+.
By |September 4th, 2014|0 Comments

REDD+ in Nepal: An Environmental and Social Management Framework

Prepared by ICEM, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEM), the ESMF provides a framework for effective management of environmental and social issues in implementing the REDD+ Strategy. It seeks to both enhance the environmental and social development benefits of REDD+ actions and projects and mitigate any adverse impacts.
By |September 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Nepal Readiness for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (REDD+)

About: Nepalese people are highly dependent on forests and forest products to fulfill energy demands and for timber for construction and maintenance of houses and buildings. The main reasons for the conversion of forest areas are encroachment for resettlement/agriculture, and acquisition of forest area for infrastructure development including road expansion.
By |September 4th, 2014|1 Comment

To reduce flood threats, Nepal builds climate risk into planning

ICEM's Mainstreaming Climate Risk Management in Development project has been featured in a recent article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Published as part of the Foundation's Human Impact series, the article outlines actions of the ADB-funded project and Nepal's government to coordinate efforts across ministries to build climate resilience into infrastructure planning.

Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development in Nepal

About: The Government of Nepals (GoN’s) National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change (NAPA) outlines 43 adaptation measures grouped into nine priority areas or ‘profiles’. Stemming from the NAPA, a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) has been developed focusing on long-term interventions aimed at enhancing climate resilience in Nepal. Mainstreaming climate change risk management in development is a technical assessment component of the SPCR. The expected outcome is that the GoN’s infrastructure development programs, policies and projects incorporate safeguards to address the effects of climate change.
By |May 15th, 2013|Comments Off on Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development in Nepal


By |March 11th, 2013|0 Comments

ICEM Nepal Chitwan working session

On 7-13 February 2013, a week long working session was held in Chitwan District, Nepal to develop and refine the climate change vulnerability assessment methodology and tools to be applied to sector infrastructure. Following testing these tools will be adopted across government as a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning method for integrating climate change in infrastructure development.
By |February 28th, 2013|ICEM team news, Nepal news, News|0 Comments