Groundwater in Nepal maintains flows in streams essential for human needs, food production, ecological health, and hydropower production. Baseline data needed to characterize current groundwater conditions are largely unavailable making it impossible to assess the potential for sustainable groundwater development in Nepal. This exposes rural livelihoods to risk under climatic changes.

The overall objective of this project is to secure sustainable use and management of groundwater in Nepal through a modernization of monitoring. The project will run a series of three workshop activities with distinct follow up plans over three years (1) to catalog existing groundwater data for integration within an online groundwater information system, (2) to train on innovative mobile monitoring technologies utilizing citizen science methods (employment of rural women and youth) for the collection of new hydrogeological information, and (3) to develop synergies among Nepali Ministries and Departments demonstrating the power of data sharing and to enable development of joint applicant(s) for scaling up pilot studies.

This project seeks to connect the people of Nepal to their groundwater resources. By leveraging novel technologies and geospatial databases, we hope to unlock the power of data as a central component in Nepal’s plan for future climate-resilient and sustainable development.