The Imja Lake lowering project, one of the technically challenging climate change adaptation work undertaken at the highest altitude in Solukhumbu District has been jointly inaugurated on 23rd November, 2016 by Honorable Ministers Mr. Bal Krishna Khand, Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Mr. Jay Dev Joshi, Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) amidst a special function at Imja Lake. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, MoPE, Secretary, a.i., MoD, Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), General Rajendra Chhetri, Director General achat viagra generique generic Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma- Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and Country Director, a.i. Dr. Sophie Kemkhadze. Likewise, DG, DNPWC, Chief District Officer, Solukhumbu and high level Officials from Nepal Army, UNDP, SNP and Project Officials attended the ceremony.
Since the lake is located in Sagarmatha National Park, a World Heritage Site and a major tourist destination, it had been posing a serious threat of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) making thousands of downstream communities, tourists, trekkers, guides and porters vulnerable. With the completion of the above task, the immediate risk from Imja lake outburst flood has been significantly reduced.
Imja Lake lowering work has set a milestone in adaptation work not only for Nepal but across globally. Furthermore, the lesson drawn from this project can be a guiding document for replication elsewhere.
The total cost for this lake lowering work is US$ 3.0 m.