With climate change, rainfall (monsoons) is likely to become more intense and dry spells longer in Nepal. It is therefore crucial to rethink rainfall management to better anticipate too much or too little rain.

In collaboration with Kanchan Nepal, FECOFUN, Pokhara Metropolitan, DWSS

Emergency Rain, Blue School, Rain Community


Intervention areas
Kaski region, Pokhara
Chitwan region, Tobang

WEEC 2018, IWA2019


In the coming years, Nepal is expected to see an increase in the frequency and intensity of rainfall. In addition, there will be a risk of drought and an increase in intensity of weather events. The first effects of these changes are already being felt. (UNFCCC, 2014)


Towards resilience in mountain communities


Nepal, nestled in the Himalayas, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Villagers and rural communities still depend on rain for their crops. However, climate change has begun to affect these vulnerable communities. Water sources have begun to dry up, monsoons have become more frequent, more intense, sometimes wiping out crops in all years. Rainfall patterns have changed, with more variable rainfall and longer alternating dry spells exposing subsistence agriculture.

Water is essential for life. A reliable supply is crucial for the long-term survival of mountain villages. Rainwater harvesting helps natural springs to recharge. These springs can provide water to villagers for longer periods of the year. The water is used for cooking, drinking and washing. Rainwater stored near the house provides an additional resource for drinking, growing vegetables and other crops. It can be used to water fields and livestock.


Projects in Nepal



Blue Schools

The aim of the Blue Schools is to sensitize schoolchildren to water management, sanitation and good hygiene practices, as well as to waste recovery in order to make the Blue Schools incubators of social change.

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Communautés de pluie

This project aims to improve the resilience of rainfed communities to the hazards of climate change, through optimization of water resources and restoration of degraded ecosystems at the basin scale

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Emergency Rain

In order to support the reconstruction efforts and respond to the needs of the populations in terms of access to water and hygiene.following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, Guthi and IRHA have developed the "Emergency Rain" project.

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Pokhara's region

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Chitwan's region


News - Nepal

Image Listening to the low signals - Working alongside those who are driving change
15 September 2023
by Marc Sylvestre

In the countries in which IRHA operates, we work alongside those who are who are committed to changing their daily live. With or without outside NG...

Image Launch of an Integrated Water Resource Management project in the Kaski and Chitwan watersheds (Nepal)
28 August 2023
by Marc Sylvestre

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from the Fédération genevoise de coopération (FGC), and in partnership with Kanchan Nepal, ...

Image Identification of suitable sites for traditional pokhari water harvesting in mountain rural communities of the Himalaya
4 November 2022
by Giulio Castelli, Florian Bielser, Marc Sylvestre

Storing runoff during the monsoon season in Himalayan hills is crucial to have enough water to cope with the dry season, especially considering tha...

Other programmes


Programme 1

Rainwater for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to safe water and sanitation, as well as appropriate hygiene, is a human right and can prevent a significant proportion of water-related diseases.

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Programme 2

Rainfed Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Rainfed agriculture represents more than 85% of family farming today. Ongoing climate change is impacting on the harvests and food sovereignty of farming communities.

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Programme 3

Disaster risk management and ecosystem restoration

The weakening of forest, mangrove and wetland ecosystems, which helps reduce exposure to major risks, increases the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change.

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"Since I received my polyhouse a few months ago, I have sold my first crop for 10,000 Nepalese rupees and I plan to do 6 such crops per year. I am even thinking of building a new greenhouse with the profits from my crops.

Sabitri Bhujel, Thulakot (Nepal) Credits@IRHA,2021


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