About this Map
NepalHydroMapbeta represents the first
open-source map of hydropower development in Nepal, offering a spatial visualization of hydropower
projects past, present, and future in an interactive format. This website uses Open Street Map, an
open-source and freely available geospatial platform that is built and maintained
collectively--importantly, this map belongs to the public.
A significant amount of data on hydropower development in Nepal exists, but it is not easily understood and difficult to aggregate. This map seeks data from a variety of sources, ranging from the Department of Electricity Development to the Open Street Map community to hydropower companies to Nepali individuals who share information about the projects known to them. By presenting data spatially and making it easily organized and searchable, this map is a 'public good' that promotes greater knowledge, engagement, and awareness about the changing landscape of hydropower development in Nepal.
The central goal is to promote transparency and dialogue through 'data democracy' - to provide information to all kinds of users that can utilize this data for their own analysis and separate projects.
Special mention goes out to Padmendra Shrestha (Program Manager at Niti Foundation), Austin Lord (Independent Hydropower Researcher), and Nama Budathoki (Executive Director at Kathmandu Living Labs) for designing and driving this project forward. The Asia Foundation provided financial support to develop this map.
We are in the process of developing a more robust and comprehensive map, with an additional crowdsourcing component, in the coming months. But for now we are excited to have launched this beta version of the map and we hope that you will take some time to experiment and give us feedback as to how it can be further developed. Again, the end goal is to create a public good and a tool that can be used to promote greater understanding of the landscape of hydropower development in Nepal. Enjoy!