Transforming river basin management: stories from the Koshi basin

This is a collection of stories represents an introduction to the people and places benefiting from the work of ICIMOD’s Koshi Basin Programme. The programme focuses its work in the Koshi River basin, an area that extends from the hills of the Tibetan Plateau, through the mountains and hills of Nepal, down to the expansive plains of the Indian state of Bihar. What connects this region together is water: The Koshi River and its tributaries cut to the heart of life in both the upstream and downstream communities that live along them. Here, water is the source of both life and death – it provides food and energy, but also incites floods, landslides, and, in its absence, drought.