Hydro-Sociality Assessment of Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project

The Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project (BGHP) is planned to be implemented during the time when the effects of climate change (CC) are prominent and Nepal is one of the highly vulnerable countries. This research has developed and applied a comprehensive modeling framework integrating a hydrologic model (HEC-HMS), trend analysis tool (RClimDex), extreme events analysis tool (IHA), a reservoir simulation model (HEC-ResSim), and a social survey to assess CC impacts on the BGHP. It has made use of an inter-disciplinary approach to understand existence and extent of climate variability/change in the project watershed; projected further changes in climatic variable in the area; impacts of the projected climate changes on hydrology, water availability, energy production, and structural design; and prioritize adaptation strategies to deal with the impacts. Such a multidisciplinary methodology can be an example for application in other catchments in Nepal with similar socioeconomic, topographic, and climatic conditions.

a) After FGD in Salyantar VDC, Dhading; b) FGD in Dhawa-8, Baluwtar, Gorkha; c) HH survey in Salyantar-8, Aarughat, Dhading; d) Dissemination workshop (March, 2016). (Notes: FGD is Focus Group Discussion; HH is household; VDC is Village Development Committee)

           Title: Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project under Climate Change Uncertainty: An Assessment of Hydro-sociality
           Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB) through Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Grant MCCRMD (TA 7984 NEP)
           Type of Project: Research
           Duration: 14 months (February 2015 to April 2016)
           Status: Completed
           Study Area: Budhi Gandaki River Basin, Nepal
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              Team Member

1)      Dr. K.N. Dulal (Principal Investigator/ Team Leader

2)      Mr. Utsav Bhattarai (Deputy Team Leader)

3)      Dr. Rohini Devkota (Environment/Social science expert)

4)      Dr. Vishnu P. Pandey (Water Resources Expert)

5)      Ms. Harshana Shrestha (Climate Change Expert)

6)      Mr. Shrijwal Adhikari (Research Assistant)

7)      Mr. Binod Subedi (Finance Officer)