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



Rain Community (Phase2)

The "rain communities" project aims to improve the general state of ecosystems and the living conditions and resilience of rural communities in Nepal.

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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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Rain Community

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 Nepal - Bees for biodiversity and the rural economy
24 May 2024
by Dharma Raj Dakal (adapted by Florian Bielser)

One of IRHA's project takes place in Kaski and Chitwan districts in Nepal. In partnership with three local partners Sapana Village Social Impact - ...

Image Walking the trail in Nepal
25 April 2024
by Han Heijnen

Following the 2-day Regional Rainwater Conference on 18 and 19th of March organized by the Nepal Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (see March newslet...

Image Harvesting rain in Nepal - Regional conference on rainwater management
15 April 2024
by Florian Bielser

From March 18 to 19, the Regional Conference on "Rainwater Harvesting and Management: Harnessing Rainwater for Enhanced Water Security and Climate ...

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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