From 1994 to 2005, the Government of Nepal (GoN) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly implemented “The Community Development and Forest/Watershed Conservation Project”---so called “SABIHAA (Samudayik Bikas Tatha Hariyali Ayojana)”. As an output of this project, “SABIHAA Model”: a mechanism to mobilize local people to participate at all stages of watershed management from planning and evaluation of the activities was developed. Even after the termination of the project, Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM) has been implementing replication activity of SABIHAA model on their own capacity expanding the coverage area from 2 districts to 8 districts.

In 2007, the GoN made an official request to the Japanese government to support them in improving SABIHAA model so that they could scale up their watershed management activities. JICA has responded to this request and has launched Participatory Watershed Management and Local Governance Project (PWMLGP?in August 2009.




Main Objective


The objective of this project is to improve participatory watershed management by strengthening the local governance system within 5 years period.






Improved participatory watershed management in better collaboration with DSCO and local bodies is implemented in the target districts.




Expected Outputs
  • Capacity of DSCWM and DSCO on participatory watershed management in the targeted area is improved.
  • Institutional arrangement in implementing participatory watershed management is reviewed in line with local governance.




Target Area


Target Project sites will be 34 VDCs in 8 districts (306 WCCs are planned)
Western Development Region:Syangja, Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat, Kaski, Tanahu
Central Development Region: Kavre and Sindhupalchowk.




Structure of the Project



Project Counterparts


  • Project Director : Joint Secretary, Planning and Human Resource Division, MoFSC
  • Project Manager : Director-General, DSCWM
  • Planning Officer : Section chief, DSCWM
  • Desk Officer : Section chief, DSCWM
  • Section Chief : Decentralization Work Plan Coordination, MoLD



Project Advisory Team



Following four Japanese experts will advise the project implementation of DSCWM.


  • Mr. Koji TERAKAWA : Chief Advisor/ Watershed Management
  • Ms. Yuko SHIBUYA : Local Governance
  • Ms. Tomoko NISHIGAKI: Social Mobilization
  • Ms. Sachiko HIRANO: Institutional Development






KTM project head office:
Tel: 01-422 5342, 425 5750
Fax: 01-422 5331
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PKR project office:
Tel: 061-465 090
Fax: 061-466 164
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