Nepal MUS Network: Annual Meeting 2022 

Nepal MUS Network’s annual meeting was held on 9th May 2022, at the iDE Nepal country office in Lalitpur. The main agenda of the meeting was to exchange MUS learning and activities since the COVID-19 pandemic. The event gathered 21 participants from various organizations including iDE, IWMI, FMIST, RVWRMP, Helvetas, RW, Rupantaran, SAPPROS, Water Aid, IOE, SUSWA, and other representatives from the water sector in Nepal. Similarly, Barbara Van Koppen, global MUS coordinator attended the meeting virtually. The following were the agendas discussed during the meeting followed by presentations from the participants.

Dr. Vishnu Pandey (Prof. at IOE)  mentioned that when working at IWMI and presenting the MUS in various forums and workshops organized by departments, it was argued that we were practicing MUS as a separate system. However, there is the possibility of integrating the MUS approach with a large-scale basin system. The uncovered region and small pockets where huge basin-level systems cannot be covered can be covered by an innovative MUS system. 

For this, it is vital to continue communicating and collaborating with the government and the department. The next step should be to scale up the method and do research so that local governments understand and apply the approach. We should also consider ways to encourage municipal and provincial governments to allocate more funds. Likewise, it is important for us to be clear about whether we are using this as an approach to contribute to the economy at large or to contribute to livelihood. 

Basu Dev Lohani (Ex. DDG ) emphasized that where water is scarce and limited, we may build the system to meet the needs. Meanwhile, we must observe other international practices and learn from other countries; in addition to the best design, we must focus on the optimal utilization of existing water resources. It is vital that we prioritize drinking water, but we must also consider other applications and reuse of existing water. 

Similarly, Dr. Prachanda Pradhan (FMIST) stresses that we should not always focus on the straightforward and conventional approach for every MUS system, but rather look for additional opportunities. 

Mr. Kailash Sharma highlights the significance of assessing the state and functioning of MUS, notably year-round controlled systems, which are very limited in numbers but promoted in water-scarce areas for rainwater harvesting.

The event was concluded with final remarks from Corey O’Hara, country director for iDE Nepal, and Barbara Van Koppen, coordinator for Global MUS Network.

Presentations:
RVWRMP’s Experience on MUS in Karnali and Sudurpaschim Provinces (RVWRMP)

MUS practices in the IWMM program area of Karnali Province (Helvetas)

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Community-led MUS in Nepal (IWMI)

Experience sharing on Sankada MUS (SAPPROS)

Experience sharing on Solar MUS (RW)

Appropriate solution for extreme lime deposition issues in MUS pipelines in Nepal (iDE)

Understanding the non-institutionalization of a socio-technical innovation: the case of MUS in Nepal (FMIST)