In February 2016 the Ministry of Population and Environment, iDE, IWMI, and the FMIST (Farmer Managed Irrigation System Trust) co-organized the International MUS Conference (put IWMI link). The conference goal was to share global experience, including a focus on the important role of MUS for coping with climate change impacts at the local level.
Rainfall variability and increased temperature have decreased the flow of water sources during dry seasons. MUS enable the members of the communities to better allocate scarce water resources, save water through micro irrigation technologies, and decrease reliance on risky rainfed agriculture. MUS also empower women, reducing the time women and girls spend for collecting water, improve access to nutritious food from kitchen gardens, and improved sanitation. An outstanding result of the conference was, by consensus of the participants formed the Nepal MUS network, affiliated with the Global MUS group (https://www.musgroup.net/).