Posted on : 2017-08-03
Speaker – Ms. Olivia C. Molden, Fulbright-Hays DDRAStudent of Geography
Date - Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time - 3:30 p.m.
Venue - Fulbright Commission Auditorium, Gyaneshwor
The Kathmandu Valley was once a model of sustainable water management and distribution. In recent years, however, the Valley has become a case of failing infrastructure and poor management. My research examines the Valley’s environmental change through the movement of water between households. Specifically, I probe what it means for two thirds of the urban population to not meet their water needs by analyzing the experiences of 53 different families living in the Patan area. In this presentation, I will illustrate how those in charge of their household’s water provision navigate changes in their water worlds through “story maps.” Story maps are a reflexive and participatory technique that creates visual, spatial, and temporal narratives of how people understand and respond to environmental change within larger socio-ecological systems. Preliminary analysis of these story maps raises questions about the future of the Valley’s waterways, household vulnerability, and how to create a more equitable and sustainable urban landscape.