Karnali River Waterkeeper and Nepal River Conservation Trust need your help to launch a scientific expedition in September 2018 that will provide a framework for water resource management that crosses community, political, and government agency lines. Learn more about the expedition at www.karnaliriver.org.
The Karnali River is an ancient stream and the last free-flowing river of Nepal, but the main stem of the Karnali is at risk of losing its cultural, economic, and environmental value due to development.
+ Document and describe the environmental features governing the stream system of the Karnali River Basin to provide a scientific foundation to develop a culturally informed, locally supported integrated water resource management framework on the main stem of the Karnali River;
+ Develop a “Sacred River Corridor” management framework for the Karnali River Corridor through Nepal that accounts for the cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental values in riverine communities;
+ Collect data that can support a proposal to the Government of Nepal to create “Wild and Scenic River” legislation in Nepal;
+ Build the capacity of the Nepal River Conservation Trust and other non-governmental and civil service organizations working in the Karnali River Corridor, to promote future advocacy efforts; and
+ Raise national and international awareness about the Karnali River and environmental issues in the landscapes through which it flows through a variety of public outreach initiatives.
A team of interdisciplinary scientists from Nepal, United States, India, and China will jeep, hike, and raft the length (671 miles) of the Karnali River from the headwaters near the Tibetan Plateau to the Ganges River confluence in India. The expedition team will assess and describe the ecological and social values of the only remaining free-flowing major river system in Nepal.
This project will highlight key ecological drivers; collect information about aquatic resources, stream system functions, and riverine health; and describe the socio-environmental values that characterize the Karnali River basin. In addition, three adventure kayakers (from Nepal and Spain) will do the first descent of the Karnali River from the headwaters. Their film will be used to document the river, landscapes, people, fish, and wildlife encountered along the way. A short documentary will publicize the values of this pristine river system.
Waterkeeper Alliance is a fiscal sponsor of Karnali River Waterkeeper and accepting donations on their behalf.