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					                            4th Steering Committee Meeting
                                  (1st - 6th Dec., 2006)
                            Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan

                                    Minutes, version 1
                                      January 2007

List of delegates


                       first name        surname           institution

                    Muhammad Akram        Kahlown           PCRWR
                    Muhammad Aslam         Tahir            PCRWR
                         Hifza            Rasheed           PCRWR
                      Shafeeq-ur-         Rehman            PCRWR
                        Akram               Aziz            PCRWR
                        Saiqua                              PCRWR
                         Kirin
                         Abdul              Rauf            PCRWR
                          N.n.                              PCRWR
                          N.n.                              PCRWR
                          N.n.                              PCRWR
                          Otto              Moog             BOKU
                          Ilse            Stubauer           BOKU
                        Daniel             Hering             UDE
                         Karel             Brabec             MU
                        Subodh            Sharma               KU
                       Pushpa R.          Adhikary             KU
                        Hasko            Nesemann              KU
                        Mandira           Shrestha          ICIMOD
                    Muhammad Fazlul         Bari             BUET
                       G. Karma           Chhopel            NECS


Dr. Raoof welcomed participants by on behalf of the regional office of PCRWR in Lahore .
Otto Moog thanked the organisers for arranging the meeting and stressed the importance of
European partners to see the partner countries in Asia.

Session I – HKH dip status, HKH Taxalist
Chair: M.F. Bari

Overview of the programme by O. Moog:
See power point presentation session_i_otto overview.pdf
   - main goals of the meeting
   - discussion of upcoming deliverables and future steps of work
         o D8: Manual for sampling and sorting  inclusion of comments by the partners
         o D9: sampling results  how to finish those parts not finalized yet
         o WP5: methodology development
         o WP6: Ecodat specification
         o WP7: Water quality maps
         o WP8: Events
   - Future projects

Expectations from the meeting by S. Sharma:
See power point presentation session_ii_sharma expectations.pdf
   - gave overview on how the project evolved
   - repeated fears from the kick-office meeting
   - positive conclusion that most fears have disappeared now

Status of macroinvertebrate catalogue by K. Brabec
   - draft version compiled by Karel Brabec and Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber
   - findings from Taxonomy Workshop at KU: naming of taxa most important
   - Literature review will be finished in February (taxonomy and – if available – aute-
       cological information); partners are requested to continue their literature research and
       send info to Karel Brabec
   - Workshop for top-taxonomists will be organised (in Brno or Vienna) in Janu-
       ary/February to discuss taxonomical / nomenclatorial problems. Autecological infor-
       mation will be added, if possible (particularly for EPT).
   - Final list will be delivered in June 2007 as Deliverable; nevertheless list is a living
       document
   - Question: how many taxa are included yet in the taxalist? Answer: mixture of taxo-
       nomic levels, precise number to be looked up.
   - Additional information on non-insecta (by Hasko Nesemann) will be ready after the
       top taxonomist workshop
   - Info from Otto Moog: number of top taxonomists is increasing e.g. water beetles (Hy-
       drophilidae)
   - Literature review on taxa occurring in Pakistan produced by the Pakistani partner 
       to be included into the overall list by Karel (Hifza to send Karel hardcopies of the ref-
       erences)
   - 393 taxa for Pakistan have been compiled from literature

Reporting on HKH dip data entry:

Pakistan by H. Rasheed and A. Aziz
see presentation session_i_pakistan hkhdip.pdf
   - Overview table see presentation
   - MHS samples have been entered, besides taxa which are at BOKU / MU – will be in-
       cluded by BOKU
   - AMS samples not entered into HKHdip as per definition
   - Problems with data entry:
           o 10: longitude / latitude format:  send Excel list to Karel for conversion, Karel
              will send lists back and entry will be done by countries
           o 16: discharge: units were not accepted as field width is too small 
              intermediate solution will be provided by software group; field width will be
              enlarged in next update version of HKHdip
   - Questions raised:
           o Review on existing taxa lists? Export is possible, compilation of taxa lists will
              be done centrally
          o   Print out of data ? best via export

Bangladesh by M.F. Bari
see presentation session_i_bangladesh_hkhdip.pdf
   - Some data are not available (e.g. Map code, Distance to source, Valley slope, Slope
       of river course)
   - Other problems mentioned in presentation
   - Taxa determined by top taxonomists will be entered by BOKU
   - Involvement of top taxonomist needed

Nepal by S. Sharma
see presentation session_i_nepal_hkhdip.pdf
   - Some problems during installation; meanwhile system is operating; site protocol pa-
       rameters mostly entered
   - Questions: Conclusion required on how these data are further used
   - Answer by O. Moog : correlation of metrics with single environmental parameter will
       be used for checking response of taxa to stressors

India and Bhutan by O. Moog
   India:
   see presentation session_i_nepal_hkhdip.pdf
   - Several problems during installation; all solved with help of software group
   - For details of questions and answers see presentation
   Bhutan:
   - many parameters missing according to resource persons; close contact between
       team leader Bhutan and resource persons to solve occurring problems

Summary HKHdip
  - Installation problems solved
  - latitude / longitude values to be sent to K. Brabec who will convert them and send
    them back, entry of values in countries
  - field protocol missing parameters to be finished at the earliest
  - Taxa data for special groups, that have been taken to top taxonomists will added in
    Austria to database after all complete country databases have been received by
    BOKU
  - Completed databases will be received back by countries

O. Moog asks partners to finish the HKHdip as fast as possible because compilation and
evaluation of data is dependent on completed databases from all countries.
(see also To-Do list and deadlines)


Session II – Public Events
Chair D. Hering

The presentations on Public Events were given by M.F. Bari for Bangladesh, M. Shrestha
overview talk, H. Rasheed for Pakistan and D. Hering on behalf of India and Bhutan
For details see presentations
   - session_ii_bangladesh_public_events.pdf
   - session_ii_bhutan_public_events.pdf
   - session_ii_icimod_public_events.pdf
   - session_ii_india_public_events.pdf
   - session_ii_pakistan_public_events.pdf

Conclusions on Dissemination
  - University event and local events for residents to be hold in Pakistan
   -   More (local) events will be hold in Bangladesh outside Dhaka by including water
       agencies
   -   Poster will be translated to Bengali
   -   Review of additional information events by UDE / ICIMOD in mid 2007
   -   Final event (conference) in February/March 2008 in Kathmandu (M. Shrestha / D.
       Hering to clarify date and venue), maybe attached to another conference
   -   D. Hering stressed, that Simple answers to the FAQs have to be further defined;
       homework should be to think how to combine at the end chemistry and biology and
       continuation of monitoring and further application in countries
   -   S. Sharma pointed out that one of the most important question for local people is rela-
       tion to drinking water
   -   O. Moog reminded that rivers are a source for groundwater, connection is given;
       healthy river is for benefits of good drinking water but: no direct causality, discussion
       need to be done carefully
   -   Icimod and UDE will prepare simple training material in 1st half of 2007 and how to
       apply method for non-educated people eg. pictures and what they tell us

Session III - findings from common ecoregions IM 0120 / IM 0401
Chair: K. Brabec

Bangladesh IM0120 by M.F. Bari
See presentation session_iii_bangladesh_findings.pdf
   - 34 sites in this ecoregion
   - Sites are divided into two types by tidal influence
   - stressors: organic pollution and river damming
   - chemical parameters (almost) complete (including BOD5)
   - substrates dominated by Psammal and Pelal
   - 64 families, 125 taxa determined
   - Mollusca often determined to species level
   - Chironomidae identified to tribus level
   - Question O. Moog: total phosphorus values very low (should be checked – mg or
       µg?)

Nepal IM0120 by H. Nesemann
See presentation session_iii_nepal_findings IM0120.pdf
   - 17 sites
   - Pre-classification ranging from I to V, although undisturbed sites were no real refer-
       ence sites
   - Stressors: organic pollution and in some sites river engineering
   - List of sites with sites code, name of sites and stressor is available
   - 59 families determined
   - Dominating groups: Molluscs (13 families), arthropods (38 families)
   - “Undisturbed sites”: slowly flowing rivers (upstream parts)

Bhutan IM0401 by G.K.Chhopel
  - 17 sites sampled (1st period), 23 sites (2nd period)in 3 districts
  - stressors: mainly organic pollution (but few “poor” quality classes), mainly pristine
      conditions
  - Table with site characteristics under construction, but not yet set to Subodh
  - Chemical parameters partly missing (BOD5 only for few sites, alkalinity and total
      phosphate missing); E. coli values missing (just yes/no)
  - Nitrite, Nitrate and Orthophosphate in all sites
  - Oxygen content to be calculated
  - distance to source done manually

Nepal IM0401 by H. Nesemann
See presentation session_iii_nepal_findings IM0401.pdf
   - 17 sites
   - stressors: organic pollution and (sometimes) river damming
   - 77 families, 58 genera determined in total
   - 6-34 families per site
   - chemical parameters analysed for all sampling sites
   - four “real” reference sites (all used for drinking water supply, nevertheless some E.
       coli)


Session IV - findings from isolated ecoregions
Chair: P.R. Adhikary

Pakistan IM0403 by H. Rasheed
See presentation session_iv_pakistan_findings_imo_403.pdf
   - 16 samples in 1st and 17 samples in 2nd sampling period (focus on RQC 2)
   - mainly sorted completely
   - compared to water quality parameters of WHO Drinking Water Guidelines
   - all chemical parameters from site protocol have been analysed
   - additional trace and ultratrace element analyses in progress
   - quantification of microbiology not possible, rapid field testing for presence or absence
   - sites of 2nd sampling more strongly affected
   - 60 families identified IM0301 and 42 families IM0403

The presentation form India for IM0166 was skipped as Indian participates could not attend
the meeting.


Session V: findings from core ecoregion IM0301
Chair: P.R. Adhikary

Bhutan IM0301 by G. K.Chhopel
  - sampling sites in 5 districts; 17 sites in total (both used for 1st and 2nd sampling sea-
      son)
  - sampling assisted by BOKU to large extent
  - sorting and identification done in Nepal at capacity building workshop, for 2nd season,
      1st season is identified in Vienna
  - Same chemical parameters were recorded in both seasons as in the other ecoregion

Nepal IM0401 by H. Nesemann
   - Details of results and sampling sites are documented in four theses
   - 17 sites in total, 4 reference sites
   - between 8 and 31 families / site
   - reference sites mainly characterized by insect species
   - impact of monsoon in first season: biological samples undisturbed but 8 sampling
       sites could not be sampled for chemistry due to monsoon
   - Question O. Moog: why have lake outlets been classified as so bad (class 3)? An-
       swer: 7 lake outlets have been sampled in addition to the regular sampling pro-
       gramme; stagnant outlet due to weir, water diverted by channel, high filter feeder
       density; O. Moog argues that those sites could provide information about natural load
       and should be included in project

Pakistan IM0301 by H. Rasheed
   - 24 samples in 1st and 25 samples in 2nd period
   - same chemical and microbiological parameters as for the other river type
   - good correlation between WHO health standards and RBP results
   -   at the beginning confusion about sample coding; now solved
   -   60 families
   -   additional parameters (trace and ultratrace elements) under progress


Presentation of first version of a film for dissemination by Subodh Sharma
This film should be included into a school curriculum.
The comments on the film were very positive in general. Some suggestions for improve-
ments were made such as
   - improve quality of picture, mixture of pictures of HKH-friends and project should be
        avoided
   - use correct version of ASSESS-HKH logo
   - maybe an extra version for policy makers
   - mention RAPID only as one technology and include also the other methods
   - maybe one project CD in the end; difficult to include it in school curriculum
   - place the speech of rector more at the end and include pictures of different sites and
        different quality in beetween
   - Otto Moog asked to skip the scenes of people kick-sampling with the foot and argued
        not to make the method too simple
   - Otto Moog also asked to mention Austria as origin of the method

Presentation on AMS by D. Hering
   - all countries contributed much to AMS
   - most sites in WQ1 and 2
   - all material was sent to Essen
   - single samples which are evaluated separately; no entry into HKHdip
   - identified and entered in Essen, planned for March 2007
   - DH expresses gratitude to all partners for big efforts
   - aim: which animals are living in the substrate ?
   - provides basis for ecological information
   - 250 extra sample in India due to thesis of T. Korte
   - 604 samples in total
   - Question about combination of sample with MHS; Answer: MHS is for development of
      biological water quality method, AMS for ecological basis
   - DH offers the possibility for Master students to go into detail with the existing AMS
      material which could easily be further looked into


Session VI
Chair: M.A. Kahlown, introduction
   - Pakistan plans to install 28.000 drinking water filtration stations
   - impact of PCRWR: advise, which filter systems will be needed; monitoring of the filter
       plans
   - set up of 24 water quality labs
   - technical assessment of all sanitation agencies
   - capacity building of 10.000 staff
   - yearly water assessment program
   - construction of 90 reservoirs

Status of developing the Rapid Field Bio-assessment by O. Moog
See presentation session_vi_otto_rbp.pdf
   - task 5.2. method for rough evaluation, only an orientation – gives estimate of status
   - big advantage: use as early warning system in contrast to MHS samples which need
       detailed processing (rapid field bio-assessment gives immediate result, large number
       of sites in short time span)
   - tool for water quality mapping
   -   O. Moog describes origin of method which is in AUSTRIA
   -   tested in Nepal and in Islamabad during 2001 HKH friend workshop
   -   tested in all partner countries before sampling and also used for pre-classification
   -   O. Moog explains once more how Rapid works

   -   results so far:
   -   RAPID gave good results in most countries, adaptation was needed in Lower
       Gangetic plains after discussion at the end of first sampling period; lowland rivers not
       dominated by insects, protocol altered for second series
   -   next steps:
   -   check and cross-validate the protocol once again
   -   compare with physico-chemical and sites parameters
   -   adaptation is planned (comments from partners and resource persons)
   -   check HKHbios rankings
   -   partners need to store all protocols in HKHdip, applied also for RAPID:
   -   software group has programmed RAPID in HKHdip
   -   O. Moog shows the electronic format of HKHrapid and explains the functionality; input
       is little work
   -   All partners are asked to put the RAPID protocols into the HKHrapid by mid-January
       (see also TO DO List)


Experiences of partners with Rapid Field Bio-assessment Protocols

Pakistan by H. Rasheed
See presentation session_vi_pakistan_rbp.pdf
   - draft river digital map for the Islamabad region and for Barandu river based on RFBP,
       O. Moog asks to use colours for different classes according to the know water quality
       class system (blue-green-yellow-orange-red)
   - Oligochaeta, Mollusca and Coleoptera and Heteroptera could be added to better dis-
       tinguish between the water quality classes
   -  Suggestion on which taxa to include to be sent by PCRWR to Co-ordinator
   - Pakistan has added comments on each parameter of the site protocol
   - Some terms were not clear and need to be better explained (list to be provided by H.
       Rasheed to Co-ordinator)
   - It was also pointed out that lab for sorting and washing with proper facilities would be
       needed

Bangladesh by M. F. Bari
See presentation session_vi_bangladesh_rbp.pdf
   - Taxa list needs to be modified (adding some taxa)
   - sensoric criteria are common and useful but bacteria and fungi difficult to identify
   - Maybe country specific lists of indicators
   - Additional taxa to be included listed in the presentation

Bhutan by G.K. Chhopel
  - experience and capacity building is important
  - O. Moog shows a presentation that was prepared by resource persons; see ses-
      sion_vi_bhutan_rbp.pdf
  - Chironomids questioned as an indicator
  - too few indicators of bad quality
  - non existence of reduction spots is not indicative
  - include low fauna diversity
  - detailed list of possible indicators in ppt
  - equal distribution of indicators on the different quality classes must be considered
India by D. Hering (info from T. Korte and Shailendra Sharma)
   - Consider the complete absence of animals
   - Only regard family level (distinguishing e.g. Baetis and Cloeon or Hydropsyche and
       Cheumatopsyche is difficult in the field)
   - Stenopsyche is not a genus typical for reference conditions in India
   - It should be explained in more detail, if single individuals should be regarded or if
       there is a threshold in abundance
   - Very positive about photo gallery
   - Terms should be explained more detailed: what is periphyton? What is the difference
       between foam and bubbles  should be explained by figure.

Nepal by S. Sharma
See presentation session_vi_nepal_rbp.pdf
   - county specific or ecoregion specific adaptation needed
   - avoid Plecoptera and Perlidae

Summary on Rapid Field Bio-assessment Protocol by O. Moog
  - use distinct colours for water quality classes; add black colour for rivers without any
    higher live
  - Deadline for data entry: 15/1/06
  - Cross-validation with chemical-physical data and partners opinion
  - Question: how many runs of cross-validation will be conducted ? Answer: several
    versions following scientific criteria will be produced; comparisons will be done, best
    protocol will be selected
  - Ecoregion based HKH-Rapid
  - Suggestion by coordinator, checked with partners


Chair. G. K. Chhopel

Development of score and multimetric assessment methods by O. Moog:
See presentation session_vi_otto_assessment_system.pdf
   - Options for score based method:
          o Use GRS Biotic Score as a basis
          o Ecoregion specific biotic scores
          o Country specific biotic scores
   - Next steps
          o Crosschecking of rankings with expert opinions and abiotic data (parameters
              from site protocol)
          o Validation of adapted HKHbios by partners
          o Final product
          o ECODAT
   - Multimetric Index
          o Explanation of the theory behind
   - Who does what
          o Review, adaptation..
          o Correlation of metrics…
          o Development of MMI
          o Testing the MMI
          o ECODAT
          o Methodology handbook
          o Country specific MMIs
          o Publications
   - Questions
          o Can chemical data be used as a metric?
          o How is diversity measured?
Session VII – Task 6.2. Creation of a functional specification of the ECODAT software

Software ECODAT – comments integrated in ppt by I.Stubauer
See presentation session_vii_stubauer_ecodat.pdf; basis: document “Creation of a functional
specification” sent out prior to meeting
   - In general partners agree to specification worked out by BOKU / MU
   - Additional comments:
            o add a help function
            o more colourful layout
            o include different metrics and indices
            o option to include maps should be regarded
            o viewing and printing facility is important
            o separation of the HKHrapid in a separate programme is preferred
            o HKHdip needs some adaptations e.g. width of certain fields must be extended
            o Export option should be more than 256 samples

Review of Day 1 and day 2 by S. Sharma
See presentation session_vii_sharma_review_day_1_and_2.pdf

Discussion
   - M.A. Kahlown asks for including south asian taxonomists – all countries are asked
       again to think about possible to taxonomists in their countries or neighbour countries
   - Think further of the project; when project is gone help from top taxononmists will be
       hardly available
   - Future activities: find local biologists who can be trained by taxonomists
   - Discussion on application of method for local people: M.A. Tahir suggests that a
       photo catalogue with indicators is printed in the dissemination WP to be used for
       farmers and other laymen; Answer: be careful with method, don’t make it too simple;
       it is still a scientific method that should be used by experienced staff


Session VIII

Water Quality Maps by O. Moog:
  - Repetition of decisions from the last meetings
  - Agreement about areas
         o BD: area around Dhaka
         o BH: area around Thimpu and Paro
         o PK: area around Islamabad and Rawalpindi
         o IN: Upper Gangetic Plains
         o NP: Kathmandu-valley and Pokhara
  - Methodology
         o BD: some already taken samples will be used. RFBP will be used for new
             samples, but some additional MHS samples will be taken.
         o BH: RFBP will be applied
         o PK: RFBP will be applied
         o IN:
         o NP: RFBP will be applied
  - Sampling time: pre-monsoon, post-monsoon or two times
         o BD: Pre-monsoon, maybe some samples also post-monsoon
         o BH: Pre-monsoon, maybe some samples also post-monsoon
         o PK: Pre-monsoon, maybe some samples also post-monsoon
         o IN:
         o NP: Pre-monsoon
  - Criteria to be regarded for sampling network:
          o   Tributaries
          o   Quality gradients
          o   Location of polluting plants
          o   Walk along the river stretch to get overview of river
          o   Draft sketch of river basin map with suggestion of sampling points
          o   O. Moog explains how to place sampling sites (after mixing of the effluents
              with the river water; directly below the effluents the fauna does not give good
              response, as fauna needs 200-300 meters to 1 km in larger rivers downstream
              to collect sample)
          o 20 sampling sites is minimum and then the in-between samples have to be
              chosen according to effluents and findings from the sites
   -   Help needed:
          o BD: some man months still available
          o BH: no help needed
          o PK: no help needed
          o IN: important to further employ Shailendra and Praveen as they have carried
              out RAPID so far
          o NP: no help needed
   -   Steps towards Water Quality Maps
          o Sampling design
          o Sampling MHS, but sorting will be different (faster than for previous samples)
          o Assessment with HKHrapid
          o Data storage in HKHdip and HKHrapid
          o Quality control
          o Colour banding as an outcome


Mitigation strategies by M. Shrestha:
See presentation session_viii_icimod_wp7.pdf
    - WP leader to collect data on mitigation measures in the catchment areas, for which
       the water quality maps are produced
    - Input on questionnaire distributed by Mandira by the partners in June requested


Overview on Deliverable 8 and Deliverable 9 by S. Sharma
   - D9 is due by mid-January 2007. Information will be taken from HKHdip, as most part-
      ners did not fill the excel sheets requested in summer 2006. D9 will consist of short
      text and some table.

   -   D8 (Manual for sampling and sorting of benthic invertebrates from rivers in the HKh
       region) is due by mid-March 2007. Contribution from partners is needed. S. Sharma
       asks all partners to send comments on the manuals to him at the earliest.


Discussion on Publications
D. Hering stressed, that the consortium should think about possible scientific publications.
   - written mainly in last year
   - papers that appear in peer reviewed journals are most important
   - 3 different types of publications
           o individual peer reviewed papers
           o conference volume
           o special topic which are too big for publication as paper e.g. taxa catalogue
   - D. Hering asks to sent suggestions of papers and contribution to overall papers to
       OM and DH; OM and DH make suggestions for structure and partners can comments
       on structure and contents of papers
   -   mid January deadline for suggestions and by end of January OM and DH will make
       an outline for structure
   -   some countries, e.g. Pakistan will make country specific papers and send them to
       country specific journals
   -   OM: start with description of project and main outcome (lead scientists or 2 authors
       per country); chapters on methodology (country specific papers need only to have
       cross reference and not elaborate) and overall paper on HKH
   -   common product agreed:
          o either peer-reviewed or not-peer reviewed journals
          o one multi-author paper describing overall achievements
          o couple of papers of individual achievements
          o and country specific papers


Upcoming meetings
   - 5th Steering Group meeting before 15/9/07 in Bhutan
   - 6th Steering Group meeting together with International Conference in Kathmandu
   - Funds for International Conference
         o Seek for possibilities with the scientific officer
         o Invitation of the scientific officer to the meeting in Bhutan

Future projects
D. Hering points out the calls for the 7th Framework Programme form the EU start by end
December 2006; ideas for future projects are e.g.
    - Twinning river basins
    - Climate Change effects in the Himalayan region
    - Persistent organic pollution in rivers
    - …
All partners are asked the think about possible topics.


Planned Master/Doctorate thesis
D. Hering asks partners about Master or Doctorate theses that are planned in context with
the project. He also offers the opportunity that selected persons could contribute to data
evaluation in Essen; possibilities of specific student financing organisations should be ex-
plored. All partners are welcome to make suggestions.



Miscellaneous
During the meeting, an opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Mr. Ch. Nouraiz
Shakoor Khan, Federal Minister for Science and Technology.

On the last meeting day, a closing ceremony and press conference was held at PCRWR Is-
lamabad under the auspices of Mr. Pervez Butt, Federal Secretary for Science and Technol-
ogy.
The following To-Do-List was agreed and distributed at the Meeting in La-
hore / Islamabad:

MAIN STEPS:

WHO                           WHAT                                  BY WHEN

AHEC, BUET, KU, NECS,
                              Finalization of database              15/01/2007
PCRWR

                              Completion, check and correction
BOKU                                                                28/02/2007
                              of database

AHEC, BUET, KU, NECS,
                              Sampling for water quality maps       March to April 2007
PCRWR

BOKU, UDE; all partners       Development of the draft method-
                                                                    February to July 2007
involved                      ology

                              Check of draft methodology by
All Asian Partners                                                  August 07
                              partners


TASKS FOR ALL ASIAN PARTNERS

WHO                  WHAT                                           BY WHEN

AHEC, BUET, KU,
                     Installation of HKHDip 3.2                     December 2006
NECS, PCRWR

                     Finalization of data entry for Rapid Field
AHEC, BUET, KU,      Bioassessment                                  Send to Co-ordinator by
NECS, PCRWR          And final update of site protocol with miss-   15/1/07 at the latest
                     ing values

AHEC, BUET, KU,      List of terms, which are not clear / appli-    Send to Co-ordinator by
NECS, PCRWR          cable in the Rapid Field Bioassessment         15/1/07 at the latest

                     Suggestion of additional taxa for Rapid
AHEC, BUET, KU,                                                     Send to Co-ordinator by
                     Field Bioassessment based on the field
NECS, PCRWR                                                         15/1/07 at the latest
                     experiences

AHEC, BUET, KU,      Suggestions on improvement of manuals          Send to S. Sharma by
NECS, PCRWR          (sampling and sample processing)               15/1/07 at the latest

                     Suggestions for papers to be included into     Send to D. Hering and O.
ALL
                     the project’s special issue                    Moog by 15/1/07 at the latest

AHEC, BUET, KU,      Planning of sampling programme for water
                                                                    February 2007
NECS, PCRWR          quality maps

AHEC, BUET, KU,
                     Sampling for water quality maps                March-April 2007
NECS, PCRWR

                     Reply to outline on sustainable water          June 2007; send to M.
ALL                  management strategies in catchment ar-         Shrestha
                     eas for water quality maps (earlier is ap-
                  preciated)

AHEC, BUET, KU,   Test of draft version of RBP, score
                                                                  August 2007
NECS, PCRWR       method, MMI

AHEC, BUET, KU,   Identification of local (top) taxonomists /
                                                                  continuously
NECS, PCRWR       scientists




ADDITIONAL TASKS PER PARTNER

WHO               WHAT                                            BY WHEN

                  Send list of taxa occurring in Pakistan to
PCRWR             Karel Brabec to be included into the HKH        December 2006
                  taxalist

                  Send list of latitude/longitude data to Karel
PCRWR                                                             December 2006
                  Brabec for conversion

                  Comments on each parameter of the site
PCRWR                                                             January 2007 to Co-ordinator
                  protocol

PCRWR             Hold university dissemination event             First half of 2007

                  Clarify the catchment for water quality
AHEC                                                              January 2007
                  maps

KU                Finalization of Deliverable 9                   15/1/2007

KU                Finalization of Deliverable 8                   15/3/2007

                  Voluntarily: Final version of CD on Rapid
KU                Bioassessment (including the comments           September 2007
                  of the partners)

                  Check with minister, if the 5th Steering
NECS                                                              December 2006
                  Group meeting can be hold in Bhutan

                  Calculate oxygen saturation from dis-
NECS                                                              December 2006
                  solved oxygen and temperature data

                  Close contact with BOKU to fill gaps in the
NECS                                                              December 2006
                  database

                                                                  Organization of 5th Steering
NECS              Spring / Summer 2007
                                                                  Group meeting

BUET              Check phosphate values                          December 2006

BUET              More local dissemination events to be hold      First half of 2007

                  Distribution of outline on sustainable man-
ICIMOD                                                            December 2006
                  agement strategies to partners

ICIMOD            Check date for glacier meeting and option       Begin of January 2007
                  to include special session for ASSESS-
                 HKH

                 Outline for International conference (to-
ICIMOD           gether with UDE) to be circulated to all        Begin of January 2007
                 partners for comments

                 Review of additional dissemination events
ICIMOD           hold by the Asian partners (together with       July 2007
                 UDE)

                 Inventory of water uses and need to water
UMAG                                                             June 2007
                 monitoring in the HKH region

BOKU, UDE, MU,   Cross-validation of RBP taxa with chemi-
                                                                 March-July 2007
KU               cal data an pre-classification

BOKU, UDE, MU,   Suggestion for final ecoregion- or country-
                                                                 March-July 2007
KU               specific RBP method

BOKU, UDE, MU,   Development of HKH-score by correlations
                                                                 March-July 2007
KU               of taxa and environmental parameters

                 Development of Multimetric-System by
BOKU, UDE, MU,
                 correlations of metrics and environmental       March-July 2007
KU
                 parameters

                 Convert latitude/longitude data from Paki-
MU                                                               December 2006
                 stan

                 Identification of remaining Diptera from all
MU                                                               January 2007
                 countries

                 Organisation of a workshop for top-
MU                                                               January – February 2007
                 taxonomists

                 Literature review of taxalists and aute-
MU               cological characteristics for HKH countries     February 2007
                 included into the taxa database

MU               Final version of the HKH taxa-list              June 2007

                 Outline for International conference: date,
UDE              venue, schedule (together with ICIMOD) to       Begin of January 2007
                 be circulated to all partners for comments

                 Draft content for the project’s special issue
UDE                                                              End of January 2007
                 (together with BOKU)

UDE              Finalization of AMS sample identification       May 2007

                 Scores for substrate preference of HKH
UDE                                                              June 2007
                 taxa

                 Review of additional dissemination events
UDE              hold by the Asian partners (together with       July 2007
                 ICIMOD)

                 Development of dissemination materials
UDE                                                              Autumn 2007
                 for local people
       Production of a simple guideline for the
BOKU                                                   January / February 2007
       fieldwork needed for water quality maps

       Identification of remaining samples from all
BOKU                                                   January 2007
       countries

       Draft content for the project’s special issue
BOKU                                                   End of January 2007
       (together with UDE)

       Data entry of remaining taxa from all coun-
BOKU   tries, identified by BOKU and Masaryk           January to February 2007
       University

BOKU   Draft version of ECODAT Software                Mid 2007

				
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