SDC IHCAP HUC Spring Training 2019
SDC IHCAP HUC Spring Training 2019
  • published date 10 th January 2019
  • institution The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC)

 

Call for Applications

Regional Training on Springshed Management for Socio-Ecological Resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Kathmandu and Godavari, Nepal, 24 March–6 April 2019

                                        

Date of circulation: 10 January 2019

Application deadline: 10 February 2019

 

 

Background

Springs are the main source of water for millions of people and ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) landscapes that span eight countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Springs play an important role in the daily lives of thousands of rural and urban communities in the hills and mountains of the HKH. Springs are also important for ecosystem services, such as base flow in rivers, supporting biodiversity, and providing cultural and spiritual services. However, in many places, once-reliable springs are drying up or their discharge is reducing, presenting rural communities, women in particular, with new challenges. There is also growing concern about the quality of spring water due to contamination from different sources – geogenic and anthropogenic.

In the Himalayan region, natural springs and their sustainable development are not given due importance at both policy and practice levels, even though they play a critical role in water security. Present gaps in data and understanding need to be filled to develop innovative solutions for the sustainable management of these traditional sources of groundwater. There is also a need to raise awareness among academia and relevant policy and decision makers, and to develop skills and share knowledge on this critical topic with field practitioners and community members. There are gaps in data concerning the level of dependence of local populations on springs and the roles these play in nurturing cultural services and building resilience.

Climate change, changes in biophysical landscapes (e.g., land use and vegetation), and seismic activity are widely implicated for contributing to the drying of springs, but there is very little systematic knowledge on these inter-linkages because of large data gaps and uncertainties. Forests, pastures, and agriculture have obvious links to biodiversity, which are globally recognized terrestrial ecosystems, visible in the form of diverse flora and fauna. However, subsurface ecosystems, including the lithosphere and geological formations, are not given the attention due to them even though they are vital to people’s livelihoods and ecosystems. The term ‘lithodiversity’ has been coined within the context of springshed management to represent the diverse underground elements that influence groundwater flow.

The drying of springs can have direct consequences on the larger ecosystem. Soils can lose moisture and nutrients, soil nutrients can reduce and biodiversity will suffer as a result. If a wetland that supports a unique bird species dries up, the entire wetland ecosystem is impacted. Therefore, any ecosystem research and development programme should consider hydrogeological elements and combine biodiversity and lithodiversity perspectives as they are intertwined .

ICIMOD, in its role as a regional leaning centre, is working with a diverse range of partners from its regional member countries (RMCs) to generate and share knowledge through a common platform for enhancing collective understanding of spring revival and springshed management.  A six-step protocol on springshed management has been developed through various interdisciplinary partnerships and participatory field experiences. The protocol has been sharpened through a detailed methodology of springshed management developed under a collaboration between ICIMOD and the Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) over the past few years. Capacity building in relation to the protocol holds great potential for implementing a common methodology for springshed development and management in the HKH region.

Much of the training on springshed management hitherto has targeted civil society organizations across the HKH region. A need to offer this training to researchers, practitioners, and community members who can play a key role in scaling out springshed development and management methodology and integrate conceptual and field experiences into their areas of work and portfolios has also been identified.

The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) was founded in 2007 with a mandate to develop an effective, sustainable network of universities in the HKH for collaboration with academic, research, and knowledge generating and exchange institutions both within and outside the HKH region for sustainable mountain development. ACWADAM is a not-for-profit organization that aims to establish a groundwater management agenda in India. It serves as a premier education and research institution that develops and disseminates knowledge on ground water, and facilitates work on ground ater management through action research programmes, training and policy advocacy. Hydrosolutions Ltd. is a Zurich-based private consulting company that provides intelligence for environmental change. The company’s focus is on global water challenges and it has expertise in the domains of climate, agriculture and energy, and policy implementation. Its goal is to work jointly with local stakeholders to turn development risks into opportunity for growth in arid and semi-arid regions.

The training is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) throught its Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) under the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE).

Objective

  • To provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding spring systems in the HKH region, which in turn, can translate into knowledge and skills on springshed management for socio-ecological resilience of local communities
  • To build skills regarding springshed management activities based on sound concepts, analyses, and field experience regarding a systematic methodology based on the subject of hydrogeology along with disciplines such as climate, environment, and water governance
  • To understand and analyse experiences and impacts of springshed management under different conditions across HKH region

 

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased awareness about the importance of springs and springsheds in the HKH region
  • Expanded scope of training needs, skill-sets, and curricula for creating awareness and capacity regarding the concept of springshed management across the region
  • Greater inclusion of the concept, approach, and skills related to springshed management in higher education curricula
  • Strengthened skillsets in teaching and practicing springs analysis and springshed management along with its impacts through a transdisciplinary approach
  • Increased and improved action research on springs and springsheds as part of formal and informal structures of education, particularly in offering useful topics on the subject of research at the master’s and doctoral levels

 

Targeted Audience

  • Early and mid-career faculty of HUC member institutions; preference will be given to faculty specializing in geo-sciences and social sciences who already teach a course or module on water resources and their management
  • Practitioners and local government officials who have experience in water resource management
  • Total number of participants: 20

 

Venue

Classroom-based lectures will take place at the ICIMOD Knowledge Park in Godavari, Nepal.

Field-based learning will take place in Godavari and near Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Important Dates

Programme dates: 24 March–6 April 2019

Deadline for application: 10 February 2019

Notification of selection: 28 February 2019

Deadline of acceptance: 5 March 2019

Deadline for cost-free withdrawal: 10 March 2019

 

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Early-career faculty members from or PhD scholars enrolled at HUC full members (Annex) 
  2. Practitioners and local government officials of ICIMOD ‘s imeplementing, strategic, and knowledge partners involved in research, higher education, piloting, and upscaling of mountain specific solutions
  3. Female candidates and applicants from marginalized communities will be given preference
  4. Past HUC fellows are strongly encouraged to apply
  5. A good working knowledge of English is necessary

 

Learning Approach

The course is based on a learner-based pedagogy. The experiential learning process requires active participation from all course participants. Training includes class-based sessions with expert inputs combined with groups work, field exercises, and real-life case examples from the HKH. Module-based group exercises will enable participants to put their learning into practice and collectively seek answers to topic-related questions. Participants will prepare brief action plans with ideas about how to integrate springshed management into their own work and their home organizations.  

 

Course Programme

The fourteen-day training will have two components: class room lectures and exercises (10 days), and field work (4 days). Topics of focus will be:

  • Background to spring water; basic concepts of GIS mapping, interpreting rainfall data, concepts like water cycle and ecosystems, hydrogeology, and springshed management and governance; and introduction to ICIMOD’s Spring Protocol for the HKH
  • Delve deeper into understanding field geology methods to demarcate spring types and recharge areas with practical hands-on experience
  • Social, ecological, and governance aspects of springshed management
  • Interventions for springshed revival

 

Instructors

Lead instructors are senior professionals from ICIMOD, ACWADAM, and Hydrosolutions. Guest lectures come from HUC member insitutions and ICIMOD key partners.

 

Logistics

According to its rules and regulations, ICIMOD will provide accommodation, incidental costs for participation during the programme, and the most direct and economic return air tickets to and from Kathmandu to fully-funded participants. Reimbursement can only be made once all original invoices are submitted.

Participants are responsible for their travel and health insurance. They will also be responsible for ticket cancellation and hotel retention charges should they withdraw from the programme after 10 March 2019.

 

Application Requirements

A complete application should include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae (max four pages)
  • A description of your current research and its relation to springs and springshed management in the HKH (max 2,000 words, including references)
  • A scanned copy of proof of current employment or PhD enrolment
  • A letter of recommendation – from the Head of Institution for full-time faculty members or from their Supervisor for PhD scholars

Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.

 

Procedures to Apply

  • Please register online at huc-hkh.org/user/register
  • Further to apply for the Regional training on Springshed Management, please follow the link below:

https://www.huc-hkh.org/grant/detail/sdc-ihcap-huc-spring-training-march-2019

 

The application must be submitted by 17:00, Nepal Standard Time on 10 February 2019.  

Please send your queries to the Himalayan University Consortium Secretariat: huc@icimod.org 

 

Annex

List of current HUC Full Members

S.No

Institutions

Country

1

Eshraq Institute of Higher Education

Afghanistan

2

Kabul University

Afghanistan

3

Kabul Polytechnic University

Afghanistan

4

Kandahar University

Afghanistan

5

Nangahar University

Afghanistan

6

Bangladesh University of Engineer & Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh

7

East West University

Bangladesh

8

Rajshahi University

Bangladesh

9

University of Chittagong

Bangladesh

10

Royal University of Bhutan

Bhutan

11

Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research (UWICER)

Bhutan

12

Institute for Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE)

China

13

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR)

China

14

Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB)

China

15

Lanzhou University (LZU)

China

16

Northwest University

China

17

Qinghai Normal University

China

18

Sichuan University (SCU)

China

19

Southwest Forestry University (SWFU)

China

20

Southwest Minzu university

China

21

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technological Promotion and Transfer

China

22

Xinjian Institute of Ecology and Geography

China

23

Yunnan Agricultural University (YAU)

China

24

Yunnan Minzu University

China

25

Yunnan University

China

26

A P Goyal Shimla University

India

27

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment ATREE

India

28

C S K Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University

India

29

Forest Research Institute (FRI)

India

30

G B Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development

India

31

H N B Garhwal University

India

32

Kashmir University

India

33

Kumaun University

India

34

Mizoram University

India

35

National Institute of Hydrology-Roorkee (NIH)

India

36

Shri Guru Ram Rai University (SGRR University)

India

37

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

India

38

Sikkim University

India

39

SKUAST Agriculture University

India

40

South Asian University

India

41

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

India

42

TERI University

India

43

Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

India

44

University of Mandalay

Myanmar

45

Yangon University

Myanmar

46

Yezin Agricultural University (YAU)

Myanmar

47

Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)

Nepal

48

Far Western University

Nepal

49

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Nepal

50

Kathmandu University (KU)

Nepal

51

Pokhara University

Nepal

52

Tribhuvan University (TU)

Nepal

53

Agriculture University Peshawar

Pakistan

54

COMSATS Institute for Information Technology

Pakistan

55

Karakorum International University (KIU)

Pakistan

56

PARC Institute of Advanced Studies in Agriculture (PIASA)

Pakistan

57

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University

Pakistan

58

University of Chitral

Pakistan

59

University of Peshawar

Pakistan

60

University of Swat

Pakistan

 

link: https://www.huc-hkh.org/grant/detail/sdc-ihcap-huc-spring-training-march-2019

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