Scientists from the CSIRO are applying their knowledge in transboundary river basin management to improve the livelihoods of people living in some of the poorest parts of Asia.

The CSIRO scientists will provide technical assistance to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development’s Koshi Basin Programme in developing an integrated basin-wide modelling system to improve management of the Koshi River Basin. This system will incorporate information on water availability, freshwater environments and the ecosystem services they provide as well as social considerations, such as the effect of changes in water availability on livelihoods.

The Koshi River Basin stretches from China, across the Himalayas through Nepal and to the Ganges Valley in India. The Basin is home to millions of people who rely on its fertile floodplains for their livelihoods.

There is growing pressure to address development challenges in the Basin, in particular population growth and an increasing demand for energy while dealing with floods, drought, landslides, sediment movement and debris flow made more severe by climate change.