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Implementation of Smart Village Program by the Government

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Kathmandu, November 04, 2018: ‘Climate Smart Village Program Operations Procedure’ has been implemented by the Ministry of Forests and Environment to initiate the proposed plan of smart villages in the chosen local levels of all seven provinces.

To implement the plan, the chief of local level will lead a six-member committee which includes representatives from forest office, agricultural office, chair of the ward where the program is operated, chief administrative officer of local level or an employee designated by him/her and environment section of the local level. The procedure has been designed for the five areas- agriculture, water, biodiversity, energy and education to attain sustainable development through climate adaptation.

Agriculture smart practices are concerned with improved cattle house, bio-pesticide, drip irrigation, fruit plants, plastic tunnel, greenhouse and rooftop gardening. Water smart practices include installment of gutter, conduits, inlet/outlet pipe for rooftop water harvesting, plastic pond, solar water pump and water source conservation. Biodiversity smart and education smart practices include master nursery for plant production and capacity enhancement respectively. Carbon and energy smart practices cover improved stoves, solar home lighting system and tree plantation.

The beneficiary groups shall be bearing at least 20 percent of the total program-cost in the form of cash or kind whereas the government will bear the maximum of 80 percent. The technical and administrative employees will be hired as per the Public Procurement Act in case of workforce unavailability at the local level.