ISET-Nepal in collaboration with Samudayik Sarathi conducted a ward-level dialogue at Nayapul, Sindhupalchowk bringing locally-elected representatives from Barahbise and Chautara Municipalities; and Balefi and Bhotekoshi Rural Municipalities to discuss on the issue of sustainable river basin management. The dialogue was supported by the The Asia Foundation (TAF) under the project “Multistage and multilayered dialogue to support the sustainable management of Koshi river basin.”Haphazard river mining, unregulated hydropower development, direct disposal of sewage in the river and haphazard road construction are some of the key issues that affect the sustainability of the river basin management. The dialogue came up with the consensus that for sustainable management of koshi river basin these issues needed urgent attention by the government. Prioritization of river conservation activities on the planning of local budget is an urgent need felt by the stakeholders present in the dialogue. The dialogue among the local people and representatives on river conservation should be a regular activity. The stakeholders also felt the need to acknowledge the forest conservation practice in the river and environment conservation to be accountable towards sustainable management of river.
Event date: 29th April 2019