Why Rainwater Harvesting Is Important For Nepal

February 23rd, 2016By: Rain editor

Around 85% of Nepal’s annual rainfall (between 1500 and 3000 millimeters) falls between June and September, which causes floods. The rest of the year is also challenging, when springs dry up and lead to severe shortages of water. To deal with these extreme climate events in Nepal, RAIN implemented several rainwater harvesting projects. By retaining as much water as possible, Nepal can overcome water scarcity and provide water for multiple purposes.

The benefits of rainwater harvesting projects in Nepal

Rainwater harvesting projects do not only provide water for drinking, but also for washing, kitchen gardening and biogas production. But there are more advantages than healthy livelihoods alone.

  • When people use retained water in dry periods, the soil will regenerate and conserve the landscape, benefitting the environment.
  • Combining different rainwater harvesting systems can generate more crops and because of that, a higher income.
  • Using microcredit to sustainably finance rainwater harvesting projects, enables farmers to repay their loans and create local ownership.

Experiences on rainwater harvesting in Nepal?

RAIN provides a platform for knowledge exchange. This document for example, explains exactly how RAIN has substantially increased the uptake of water in Nepal. Do you want to collaborate? Don’t hesitate to contact RAIN for experience sharing, programme design and project implementation.