Conference 2020

Third International Conference 2020


“Water Security and Environment: Nexus and the SDGs.”



Conference 2020 Announcement and Call for Papers

Who We Are

Society of Public Health Engineers, Nepal (SOPHEN) is an independent nonprofit professional organization, registered under the Social Welfare Act 2049 of Government of Nepal. SOPHEN was established in 1990 (2047 B.S) with main objective of capacity building of WASH sector professionals and support Government for enhanced WASH services through workshop, seminar, training and dialogue. SOPHEN, in collaboration with government, national and international professional organizations conducts training and seminars on issues such as: WASH policy design, implementation and governance, economic and financial sustainability. SOPHEN is governed by an elected executive committee of 11 members, led by the President for tenure of two years. SOPHEN’s mandates include capacity enhancement of members, safeguarding their rights and interest, and promoting of research and technology.


“To be the leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Professional Organization in Nepal empowering people, protecting public health and help enhancing sustainable development.”  


To support Government in water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental services through outcome based innovative and creative services. Assist in institutional and organization development support, capacity building, research and knowledge management that meets public expectations. Moreover, try to bridge the gap between the community and service providers through education, training, seminars and dialogues. Help the professionals and stakeholders in planning, designing, implementation, operation and management of WASH programs on a sustainable basis.


Safeguarding water security for human and environmental needs is one of the major concerns globally. This challenge is aggravated by the volatile geopolitical environment, changes in demography, increasing urbanization and climatic variability, and other drivers associated with the globalization. With more than half of the global GDP at stake due to water stress by 2050. Water conflict, insecurity, and competition over the resource are expected to increase; hence retaining peace and sustainability emerges as a key international priority that also has implications for water security. Water security is central, without which, food and energy security cannot be achieved. There are visible interconnections and interdependencies within the components of environment, and there is continuous interaction among these components.  Policies planning and strategies influence water security and the environment, which will undoubtedly impact on the ability of countries to achieve the SDG targets. The water security and environmental nexus is crucial and cannot be overlooked anymore. Despite clear linkages and interconnections between decisions and policy planning in water and rest of the environment are mostly made in isolation without a proper understanding of the interlinkages. Thus, the Nexus governance discourse postulates that to manage risks, maximize gain and optimize trade-offs in resource use, policies must be better integrated and actions must be further coordinated. The nexus approach, which holistically considers the dynamic interlinkages between water security and environment, has started to find priority in the agenda of scientific and practice communities. Supporters assert that sustainable solutions can be achieved through this approach, rather than conventional approaches that often overlook the interlinkages. Long term, optimal, sustainable water allocation, and management decisions require pursuing a more holistic approach that considers all stakeholders and the associated, interdependent systems. These could be in the form of energy costs, footprints of water production and distribution, and tradeoffs of water allocation between sectors (agriculture, energy production, and ecosystems), etc. Despite rising awareness among the masses, lack of understanding of the Water Environment Nexus is still a considerable issue that can impact on the global economic challenge and benefits to be derived from policy and investments. It has become necessary to put forward the nexus approach as a fundamental necessary shift for sustainable development. Keeping this in mind, the theme “Water Security and Environment: Nexus and the SDGs” has been convened.

This Conference is organized by SOPHEN in association with Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM) GoN, Nepal Engineers’ Association and the Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association, Nepal (AITAAN).



Dear all Participants

It gives us immense pleasure to welcome you all from every corner of the globe to participate for the 3rd International Conference 2020 on “Water Security and Environment: Nexus and the SDGs” which will be held on 8-10 April, 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This new and exciting event is dedicated entirely to the latest developments in water security and environmental balance for sustainable solution. Achieving water security is one of the major challenges faced by the society on both global and local level today. Rapid urbanization, competitive demand of water for different uses and environmental degradation has left more stress on the water resources.

 A concern regarding environmental resilience policies and programmes for sustainable development has emerged recently. Despite rising awareness and effort made in the recent years, there is still a gap between practicality and theoretical knowledge imparted to the people. Therefore, it is a high time to discuss and focus on water security and environment by sharing our knowledge, experience and technological trends in the developing world. I am looking forward to welcoming you in this unique conference. I am confident that the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and smiling people of Nepal will make your stay a memorable one.

Dr. Sanjeev Bickram Rana

Conference Chair

Chairman, Society of Public Health Engineers, Nepal (SOPHEN)


Dear Participants


Government of Nepal is committed to provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities to all, and making a continuous effort for its sustainable solution. On behalf of DWSSM (GoN), it is my great pleasure to invite you to the Himalayan country for this exciting conference where delegates from around the globe are expected to interact and share their knowledge and vision on the elated theme. I do believe this unique gathering will produce meaningful outcomes relevant to the research scholars, policy-makers, professionals, practitioners, planners and students for ensuring water security and environmental resilience.

I request you to mark your calendar and participate in the event to share your experience and innovative ideas. Your assistance in disseminating this information among your colleagues will be highly appreciated. I look forward to welcoming you in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 08, 2020.


Er.. Sunil Kumar Das

Director General

Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM), GoN Kathmandu, Panipokhari


Dear Engineers and Professionals


I would like to cordially invite you in the International Conference 2020 on “Water Security and Environment: Nexus and the SDG’s”. The theme is of global importance for water security and environmental balance. The conference is intended to be a meaningful platform, where leading engineers and professionals in the field of water security and environment will discuss about the water and environmental security issues at local and global scale.

I am very glad to welcome you in the historic city of Kathmandu with the civilization of more than 3000 years, with thousands of temples and shrines. I am certain you will enjoy the unique topography of Nepal.

I am confident that your participation in the event will contribute in the area of human kind and environmental aspects.


Er.Tri-Ratna Bajracharya

President, Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA)


Dear Participants


I would like to invite all those who are working in the field of water security, environment and SDGs to participate in this International Conference 2020. SDGs, climate change and environment agenda (and the nexus) will continue to remain challenging for long term economic growth and for sustainable development. Hope this conference will provide an opportunity to discuss such challenges and promote knowledge sharing and find workable solutions. “


Dr.Bindu Nath Lohani

International Advisor


Conference Theme and Objectives


This conference is inspired from the critical challenge of water security, human, environmental, long term economic growth and SDGs concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context. The main objective of the conference is an informed expert dialogue that assists in bridging the knowledge gaps in water security and environment nexus and also to better understand the linkages of water security and environment mitigation, and adaptation options in water security. The specific objectives are:  


  • Understand water  security  and environment nexus across the SDG goals and targets;
  • Examine the linkages between the nexus and sustainable economic development;
  • Understand how the nexus is integrated into national planning;
  • Addressing the water security nexus in economic, finance and development policies;
  • Study how water security and environment nexus risks are analyzed and implement the nexus concepts;
  • Determine the gaps on nexus perspective approaches and suggest intervention for improvement;
  • Recognize the knowledge gaps in nexus approach and its impact to the SDEGs;
  • Study the inter-linkages and trade-offs between water security and environment;
  • Help promote policy dialogue, joint research and business development between national and international communities in the water sector;
  • Examine the gaps of existing water security governance structures;
  • Help prepare national water security plan; and
  • Outline recommendations to policy makers & politicians for accelerating nexus approaches.

Targeted Participants

The participants for the conference will include government officials from the various related government departments and government-linked organizations, water sector professionals, practicing mangers, experts, academia, researchers, police makers, politicians, students from institutions of higher learning and representatives of NGOs/INGOs.

Conference Topics

Papers are invited to submit in the following streams, but not limited to: 

Track 1: WASH Governance

  • WASH Laws, Policies and Guidelines
  • Framework for Water Security
  • Water Security and Conflict
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
  • Transboundary Issues
  • Institutional Capacity Development
  • Water Sector Transfer Policies and Issues


Track 2: Urban Water Security

  • Urban Water Supply Management
  • Wastewater Management
  • Faecal Sludge Management
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Technological Innovations on Urban WASH
  • Resource Recovery and Productive Re-use

Track 3: Environmental and Economic Sustainability

  • Water Economics & Strategies
  • Impact of Climate Change and Disasters in WASH Economy
  • Human Environmental Security
  • Environmental Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructures
  • Financial Instruments to Build Resilient Water and Sanitation System
  • Circular Economy for Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmentally Resilient Development Practices and Trends

Track 4:  Water Security Nexus and the SDGs

  • Water Security Nexus across the SDGs
  • Linkages between SDGs 6 with other SDGs and Targets
  • Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus
  • Institutionalization of SDG 6 at Local Level
  • Water Security and Environmental Nexus Risks Analysis
  • Water Security Partnership for SDGs

Paper Submission Guidelines

Registered Participants are kindly invited to submit the abstract first and  full text paper after acceptance of the abstract giving a description of their research, including results, tables, figures, and references. Abstract and full text papers (Word.doc) will be accepted only by email. All submitted papers should articulate original, unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical. Papers submitted to the conference should meet these criteria, otherwise must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must follow the style of the conference and will undergo both peer review and editing. All ‘others work’ you have included in your paper must incorporate in-text citation. Please note that all papers and presentations must be in English.

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Registration Process


The abstract should be submitted to with the subject line in a format as mentioned in the submission guidelines before …….Once the abstract is selected for the presentation, interested paper presenters are required to register online at before…….. and all the other interested participants (not submitting the papers) are also required to register before….. At the same time all the shortlisted participants are required to deposit/transfer fee in mentioned accounts before…  through bank transfer drawn in favour of “SOPHEN” payable at Nepal Bank Limited, Lazimpat, Kathmandu with account details as follows:


Name of Account        : Society if Public Health Engineers, Nepal

Name of Bank             : Nepal Bank Limited, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

Branch Code               : 050

Swift Code                  : NEBL NPKA

Account Number        : 0500010010965600001




 Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting your products at the conference, please feel free to contact the conference secretariat.  

Table space: NPR 15000.00 (30000)

Exhibition stall: NPR 30000.00(60000)

Key Dates


Submission deadlines

Abstract submission

December 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance

January 15, 2020

Full paper submission


February 15, 2020

Registration of participants

February 29, 2020

Notification of programs  & events schedule

March 27, 2020

Conference ( day 1, day 2 & day 3)

April 08-10, 2020


Registration Fees

Registration fee includes conference kit (only for participants), high tea, lunch, evening tea, conference dinner (closing ceremony day) including publication of the paper in the SOPHEN conference Journal.  

Fee category

National( NPR)

International (USD)

Institutional participants


200 (SAARC country)

400 ( Non SAARC country)

Individual participants


125 (SAARC country)

200 ( Non SAARC country



100 (SAARC country)

150 ( Non SAARC country


Spouse Program

Foreign delegates are welcomed to participate with their spouse and registration fee for spouse will be 50 % of the principal delegate. 

Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunity

The conference offers the opportunity to become a conference sponsor or exhibitor. To participate as a sponsor or exhibitor and all other details may contact organizing secretary.

Post Conference Tours (optional)


Post conference tours to places of interests around Kathmandu Valley may be arranged after the event for interested delegates on request. However, travel, boarding, lodging expenses are to borne by the delegates joining the tours.




Delegates will be required to make their own arrangement for stay. However, limited accommodation for foreign delegates, key note speakers may be made available by the organizer.  




Delegates will be required to make their own arrangement for travel. However, travel from local airport can be arranged if requested prior to the organizer.


Visit Nepal 2020


The year 2020 has been announced as “Tourism Year for Nepal” and to make VisitNepal2020 successful, let everyone unite and promote the beauty of Nepal.


Sponsorship Inquiries

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Conference Secretariat


Panipokhari, Kathmandu Nepal

G.P.O Box: 19928

Tel: +977-01-4006650

Fax: +977-014419802