National watershed management policy in the offing

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water_securityBanepa, April 22: The National Watershed Management Policy 2070 B.S. is to be introduced in order to check the crisis to the watershed sector owing to the drying up of sources of water.

The Policy will bring into force a new organizational structure including the Soil and Watershed Protection Department, Basin Directorate and watershed management offices and field offices as per the need.

The integrated watershed management policy is expected to respond to the shortcomings in the soil and watershed protection act 2039 B.S. and its regulations 2042 B.S.

The new policy will put an end to the existing trend of running programmes based on projects only, says Director General of the Department of Soil and Watershed Protection Prem Narayan Kandel.

Speaking at the ongoing deliberations on the draft policy among the soil conservation officers under the Department in Dhulikhel today, he said the policy is expected to facilitate the work of watershed management and conservation in the country.

The policy categorizes watershed region into greater, big, small, sub and micro watershed.

All concerned bodies will amend and reforms themselves as per the policy within two years of enforcement of the policy while the policy will be reviewed in every ten years, added Kandel.

The three-day consultation will end tomorrow with recommendations on the draft policy. Soil conservation officers from 56 districts are taking part in the programme.

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