Sixteenth INPIM Nepal Talk Program

The Sixteenth Talk Program of INPIM Nepal was organized on the topic of “Redefining Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) in the Present Context” on 4th August 2017 (20th Shrawon 2074 at the Mail Hall, Department of Irrigation, Jawalakhel. The program was organized in the pretext of the twentieth anniversary of INPIM Nepal

At the onset of the program, the President of INPIM Nepal, Mr. Suman Sijapati, provided briefing of INPIM Nepal Activities and it current status. Then he went on to give a general introduction to the topic of need of reviewing and redefining PIM in the current context so that the roadmap for the future can be laid.

The main presentation in the Talk Program was from Mr. Romain Valadaud, a French scholar doing his PhD in Nepal in the field of PIM. The topic of his presentation was “PIM through the lenses of Hydro-social Cycle and Socio-technical Anthropology: an attempt to understand the politicization of WUAs in Nepal's Eastern Tarai”. Mr. Valadaud discussed about the preliminary findings from his research that collected information on how politicization is affecting the WUAs in Sunsari Morang Irrigation Project, in the eastern Terai of Nepal.

After the presentation, INPIM Nepal President, Mr. Suman Sijapati made a brief presentation on the “The Achievements and Current Challenges of INPIM Nepal”. In his presentation Mr. Sijapati discussed about the experiences of INPIM Nepal in the last 20 years and provided some pointers as the what needs to be done in the future.

Following the presentation, Mr. Ashish Bhadra Khanal, who was appointed as the INPIM Nepal Statute Review Committee, was asked to present the conclusions drawn by the committee. He made a presentation on “The Proposed Amendments to the Current Statute of INPIM Nepal”.

At the end of the talk program, the participants actively participated in the question/answer session. The discussion continued on the topic of the future of PIM in Nepal and how it can be aligned to the needs of the time.

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