Third National River Summit 2019

28-31 March 2019 | Karnali River

Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), Karnali Province Government, Aathabish Municipality, Daikekh, Panchadewal Binayak Municipality, Achham, Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES)/Tribhuvan University (TU), Kirtipur, Aquatic Ecology Center (AEC)/Kathmandu University (KU), Youth Alliance for Environment (YAE) Kathmandu with support from USAID Pani Program and other different organizations was organizwd 4 days National River Summit 2019 at Karnali River, with diverse objectives of bringing stakeholders together and sharing knowledge, identifying gaps in the information and management of Nepal’s Rivers, to create a forum for continued communications between stakeholders, and to recommend measures to help develop policies to manage and govern rivers.


The 3rd National River Summit aims to achieve following objectives:

  • To share and inform multiple users of water with outcomes of recent research, exploration, and understanding of the Karnali River Basin;
  • To foster dialogue among stakeholders as a continuation of the previous river summits, and to create platforms and networks among and between different interest groups;
  • To consolidate knowledge for a common understanding to inform policies for integrated management of water and other resources by balancing development with overall conservation of river systems.

Thematic Areas

The 3rd National River Summit will deliberate on broader areas of river systems, including river science, river development, communities, governance, water resources management, and cross-cutting issues. The main themes are:

  • River eco-systems and aquatic biodiversity: consolidate knowledge from recent exploration and research outcomes on various aspects of rivers and river systems, freshwater biodiversity and interventions, threats and vulnerability;
  • Water resources management: multiple uses of water (e.g. irrigation, hydropower, ecological uses, etc.), water security, water availability, access and equitable sharing, and no-regret strategies on water resources development and management;
  • Governance, policies, and practices: constitutional provisions for water/river governance under federalism; current policies, laws and regulations; international commitments; water programs and their implementation; and (inter)national practices on shared governance of river systems or river co-management;
  • River and communities: common understanding of the river and its services; citizen science for monitoring health and spring and watershed management; river and livelihoods of river-dependent communities; etc., and;
  • Cross-cutting issues: issues related to climate change, gender and social inclusion (GESI); trans-boundary; awareness and capacity building; and incentives and motivation for youth involvement in river conservation.

Click on link to download 19 point Karnali Declaration 2019. Nepali | English