The role of hydropower in visions of water resources development for rivers of Western Nepal

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Water resources can play significant roles in development pathways for water-endowed, low-income countries like Nepal. This article describes three visions for water resource development in the Karnali and Mahakali Basins of Western Nepal: state-led development, demand-driven development and preservation of ecosystem integrity. The analysis calls attention to water use trade-offs, including those resulting from national priorities such as infrastructure-based hydropower and irrigation, from local drinking water demand, and from environmental conservation concerns. While these visions of water resources development do diverge, common trends appear, including acknowledgment of water management’s role in expanding energy access and increasing agricultural productivity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pakhtigian, EL; Jeuland, M; Bharati, L; Pandey, VP

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 531 - 558

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1360-0648

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0790-0627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07900627.2019.1600474

Citation Source

  • Scopus