The Karnali River is the last free-flowing river of Nepal. The other major rivers have already been dammed by construction of hydropower plants. The Nepal River Conservation Trust and Waterkeeper Alliance are collaborating to Save the Karnali River from imminent hydropower dams on the main stem. The environmental and social consequences of even one main stem dam has the potential to alter the area irreversibly. We are collaborating to support a scientific expedition to highlight the remarkable and outstanding values of the river and watershed. The expedition team will visit communities along the Karnali River and work with them to produce a “Sacred River Corridor Management Framework” that protects aquatic species, supports sustainable hydropower development, and creates economic opportunities to enhance livelihoods throughout the Karnali River Corridor.
The Nepal River Conservation Trust is dedicated to conserving Nepal’s riverine environment and river systems, to promoting the biological health of aquatic organisms, and to protecting and restoring rivers to enhance the health, livelihood, and cultural integrity of Nepal’s river communities. Since its inception in 1995, the NRCT has worked on a variety of river conservation and advocacy projects throughout Nepal, to raise awareness among all river users about the need to conserve Nepal’s rivers. NRCT also works closely with communities to develop sustainable tourism and environmentally conscious economic activities that can help maintain ecological
Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. The international organization strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders. Their goal is swimmable drinkable fishable water everywhere.
Article from American Whitewater – Save the Karnali