Conclusion of 7th National Groundwater Symposium
23 March, 2016
Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW) along with The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB) and Ground Water Resource Development Board (GWRDB) organized the 7th National Groundwater Symposium on “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources of Nepal”, as a part of the Nepal National Water and Weather Week 2016 to mark the world water day. Held in Kathmandu on 20th March 2016, the event was attended by about 80 participants from universities, government, NGOs, INGOs, water companies and the media.
Chief guest Er. Suresh Prakash Acharya, Secretary, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, centered his remarks on water as a basic right as per the Constitution of Nepal 2072 and also enumerated some challenges for groundwater management in Nepal. Ms. Tripti Rai, Country Representative, WaterAid Nepal, highlighted the linkage of practice and policy in management of groundwater in Nepal and explained the thematic areas from the perspective of a practitioner. Mr. Jagat Prasad Joshi, Executive Director, Groundwater Resource Development Board (GWRDB) emphasized on the activities of GWRDB focusing on the hilly region and made the audience aware about the bills proposed to the parliament regarding groundwater policies.
The 3 technical sessions included a total of 13 presentations relating to impacts on groundwater, groundwater policy, regulations and governance and water and jobs. The final technical session regarding water and jobs was arranged in accordance with the UN World Water Day theme of Water and Jobs.
In addition to the regular activities of symposiums of past years, the 7th groundwater symposium also consisted of a panel discussion at the end of the program. The three panelists, Dr. Dibya Ratna Kansakar, Dr. Ravi Sharma Aryal and Mr. Ashutosh Tiwari expressed their opinions and took questions from the audience members regarding groundwater policies and water jobs.