Community Based Flood and Glacial Lake Outburst Risk Reduction Project (CFGORRP)

 One of the major objectives of the project is to reduce human and material losses from Glacier Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF) arising from the Imja lake which is shown in this picture.

Community Based Flood and Glacial Lake Outburst Risk Reduction Project (CFGORRP) is a joint undertaking of the Government of Nepal, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP. The project is being implemented by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) as the lead implementing agency...Read More

What have we accomplished so far


To minimize the risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood

  • Detail design for the Imja Lake lowering through controlled drainage system has been completed during 2015, which will be the guiding document for the construction works for Imja Lake lowering. The Imja Lake, located at an altitude of 5010 meters in Solukhumbu district, is among six glacial lakes at most immediate risk of bursting.
  • Based on the recommendations from study on Hazard Mapping and Safety and Evacuation Plan (H/SEP), 12 evacuation centers have been strengthened in 12 high risk settlements along 50 km stretch downstream of Imja/Dudhkoshi River corridor. Similarly, 12 Taskforces comprising of Early Warning, Light Search & Rescue and First Aid sub groups have been formed, capacitated, equipped and operationalized in 12 high risk settlements. A total of committed 132 youths including 32 women from the high risk settlements have been affiliated as members in these Taskforces.
  • A local GLOF Risk Management Coordination Committee (GRMCC) at Namche comprising of 19 as an apex body to communicate GLOF warnings to the vulnerable people and to the DHM, MoHA and NEOC via District Disaster Relief Committee has been formed.
  • A total of 20 (7 women) Local Resource Persons (LRPs) have been selected, trained on GLOF risk management ToT and mobilized to educate and aware local communities on GLOF risk preparedness.
  • 15 Community Based Early Warning Systems comprising of manual river gauges, handheld sirens and mikes have been installed and distributed in strategic locations along 50 km stretch downstream of Imja/Dudhkoshi River corridor.

Flood Risk Reduction

  • Project supported the construction of about 4.4 km long embankments with gabion and bioengineering works; 4.5 km long Flood Proofing Drainage System, and 35 elevated tube wells in Mahottari, Siraha, Saptari and Udaypur districts.
  • Project supported to install and operationalized 15 Community Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS) in five targeted river basins. Furthermore, three Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS) have been installed and operationalized in Ratu River Basin.
  • A total of 8 Village level Disaster Risk Management Committees and 35 Community Level Disaster Risk Management Committees have been formed, capacitated and made operational in eight targeted VDCs, comprising of 557 members. About 38% of women hold the key positions such as chairperson, secretary and treasurer in these committees.
  • Similarly, a total of 78 Taskforces of First Aid, Light Search and Rescue and Early Warning System consisting of 312 local members have been formed, capacitated and made operational in the project areas under both components.
  • Project published the Sediment Monitoring Protocols (SMP), which gives the detail of the methodologies for collection and analysis of sediment data for Churia originating rivers. For the institutionalization of SMP, the national level two trainings on Sediment Monitoring and Flood Hazard Modeling for 50 officials from the collaborating partners has been conducted.
  • 15 Sediment Monitoring posts and 9 Sediment Monitoring buckets have been installed in the targeted five river basins with an aim to regularize the regular sediment monitoring in targeted five river basins. Runoff samplings are being regularly collected by 15 trained volunteer gauge readers from 15 different locations in targeted five river basins, in accordance with SMP.

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This is how my life has changed

I am Ngawang Chhiring Sherpa resident of Toktok ward no. 5, Chaurikharka VDC, Solukhumbu. As my village lies in the trekking route of Sagarmatha National Park, my family runs a small hotel to make money for the family expenses. I passed through a difficult times during my childhood for pursuing education due to the poor economic condition of my family.more