Institutional Capacity Needs Assessment

Community Based Flood and Glacial Lake Outburst Risk Reduction Project (CFGORRPP), implemented by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) has carried out a study on Institutional Capacity Need Assessment of implementing agency , DHM and collaborative partners, Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM), Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP) in terms of GLOF and flash flood risk reduction. The primary objective of the CFGORRP is to reduce human and material losses from Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) from Imja Lake in Solukhumbu district and catastrophic flooding events in the Terai and Churia Range. The CFGORRP has therefore two components: Component I and II. The Component I focuses on the GLOF risk reduction in Solukhumbu and the Component II works in Terai and Churia regions.

The study area was Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP), Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM), Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) in Kathmandu and Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) in Namche, Solukhumbu.

The main purpose of the assignment is to assess the institutional capacity, identify gaps in ability to capture, manage, disseminate GLOF and flood data; to review current practices of hydrological analysis, information dissemination mechanism of the organizations. The main focus of the assessment is on the organizations’ institutional capacity on GLOF and flash flood risk reduction.

Based on the assigned objectives, the primary and secondary data were collected in the areas of institutional, organizational and human resource aspects of the organizations. Primary data were collected through consultative meeting, questionnaire, interviews, field work, and observation. The secondary data were collected through governmental websites, previous reports, project documents, and journal papers. In the institutional aspects, the data have been carried out on legal mandate, policies, strategies, activities, internal external relationship of the stakeholders. The organizational data were captured on organizational set-up, internal/external communication system, leadership, and all the management aspects. Similarly, in the human resource level, it was assessed staff recruitments, KSA (knowledge, Skill and Attitude) level of the staffs to obtain the mandated objectives specially capacity in GLOF and flash flood risk reduction in CFGORRP project areas as well as national level. Therefore, all the data collection tools were centered and focused on capturing institutional, human resource, technical, physical, communicational, managerial status of the organization to reduce the GLOF and flash flood risk. Similarly SWOT analysis technique had been used for situation analysis of the organizations.