Resilience to Water-Induced Disasters


Climate change is exacerbating hydro-climatic extremes and associated water-induced disasters. Water security is not only ensuring sufficient water for people and economic activities, but also about protecting us against water-related disasters and having healthy aquatic ecosystems (AWDO, 2016). Therefore, enhancing resilience to water-induced disasters, more importantly of those left-behind (e.g., women, elderly, children, differently-abled, etc.) are equally important for achieving the goal of water security. Disaster is more than a natural phenomenon; it is socially-constructed and has diverse aspects, which needs to be reflected in programs aimed at enhancing resilience and subsequently improving water security. Furthermore, different sections of a society are affected to a varying level of risks to the same resilience, due to various reasons. This session therefore, aims to answer following questions –

  • What are approaches for characterizing different drivers of water-induced disasters (i.e., natural roots, social roots, and developmental roots)?
  • How those left-behind are differently vulnerable than others to water-induced disasters and what makes that different? 
  • What are risks posed by different types of water-induced disasters (e.g., floods, droughts, etc.) for people and ecosystem at different socio-economic and natural settings? 
  • What are frameworks available for measuring resilience with specific focus on water-induced disasters and how can they be applied to different contexts?
  • What are workable ways (hard and soft) for enhancing resilience to WIDs? What are learnings from implementing resilience building programs?


The session will have 4-5 presentations of 12-15 minutes each. Presenters are asked to share presentation slides well in advance and feedback will be provided to ensure the contents are coherent and aims to answer the questions that we put-forth earlier. The session will share findings from an IDRC-funded project titled “Water-Induced Disaster Risk Management Planning in Nepal” and also welcome relevant presentations from other geographic regions. Emphasis will be given to ensure balanced participation of male and female as presenters. A good amount of time will be allocated for question/answer session. At the end, session chair will synthesize the discussion and share key message/outcome of the session. Mr. Dipak Gyawali (former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal and Academician at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology) will deliver a keynote speech.

Oral Presentations

  • Sarkar, Jheelum: Linking Extreme Climate Events with Child Marriages in Climate Hotspots: an Outcome or Adaptation Practice?
  • Adhikari, Mina; Gyawali, Dipak; Pandey, Vishnu Prashad; Koirala, Sanju: Framework for Measuring Resilience to Water Induced Disaster in Nepal
  • Koirala, Sanju; Shakya, Shristi; Rana, Shreeya: Water-induced disasters and the differentiated vulnerabilities of those left-behind: Case of Extended East Rapti Watershed
  • Pandey, Vishnu; Shrestha, Dibesh; Adhikari, Mina: Natural drivers of water-induced disasters and associated risks: The case of the Extended East Rapti Watershed, Nepal

Hosted by

Vishnu Prasad Pandey

Regional Researcher – Water & Climate

Internatinoal Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Mina Adhikari

Research Coordinator

Nepal Water Conservation Foundation For Academic Research (NWCF)

Sanju Koirala

Senior Researcher (Water, Energy and Gender)