Research and Monitoring of Rivers

Biosphere Association is assisting th Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center in Nepal to carry out their monthly monitoring of the upper reaches of the Bagmati River. This work is vital to develop a knowledgebase about river flow, water quality, and benthic macroinvertebrate diversity over a period of time from which changes can be assessed.

Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center
We are looking for sponsors to support the monthly monitoring trips. Each month a group of students is taken to the North of Kathmandu for two days of research and training. We would like to extend this to also take a monthly trip to the South of the Valley just downstream of Kathmandu. Please consider sponsoring a trip or even a years worth of trips to keep this good work going.

Statement from one of the students

"It has already been 10 months this December since I started as a research assistant to the long term biomonitoring program using benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs) in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. It has been such an amazing experience to be involved in a project that is happening for the first time in Nepal. I started as a novice of a research assistant. But from than to now I have learnt sampling macroinvertebrates, using multi-probe, photometer and flow meter. I have also been learning to identify BMIs. This is all thanks to researchers Dr. Deep Narayan Shah and Dr. Ram Devi Tachamo Shah for taking such an initiative. Also Jeff Davids has been such a great help in teaching us how to use equipment and providing us a platform for mobile data collection."

"From hiking in the rain to being chased by monkeys the trip to Shivapuri has always been an adventurous experience. The knowledge gained from this experience has also helped me shape my career. The overall aim of this program is understanding the impacts of climate change on headwater hydrology and aquatic biodiversity with long-term citizen science. So, the project will be running long after me and my fellow research assistants leave for our higher studies or so. But I will always look back at these experiences with fondness. The monthly hiking for samples collection has provided a very refreshing experience and given practical insights to the workings in field. It has helped me develop a very strong interest in freshwater ecology and I will forever be thankful for the experiences that I have gained."

Anu Rai, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Research assistant for Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center (HimBio-Clic)