A team of interdisciplinary scientists from Nepal, United States, India and China will jeep, hike, and raft the length (671 miles) of the Karnali River from the headwaters near the Tibetan Plateau to the Ganges River confluence in India. The expedition team will assess and describe the ecological and social values of the only remaining free-flowing major river system in Nepal. This project will highlight key ecological drivers; collect information about aquatic resources, stream system functions, and riverine health; and describe the socio-environmental values that characterize the Karnali River basin.
- Document and describe the environmental features governing the stream system processes of the Karnali River Basin.
- Develop a “Sacred River Corridor” management framework for the Karnali River Corridor through Nepal that accounts for the cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental values in riverine communities
- Collect data that can support a proposal to the Government of Nepal to create “Wild and Scenic River” legislation in Nepal.
- Build the capacity of the Nepal River Conservation Trust and other non-governmental and civil service organizations working in the Karnali River Corridor, to promote future advocacy efforts.
- Raise national and international awareness about the Karnali River and environmental issues in the landscapes through which it flows through a variety of public outreach initiatives.