The Strategy Paper on Water Resources Management and Consumption in the Kamala River Basin prepared by the Government of Nepal and the Government of Australia since 2014 has been made public today.
The strategy titled ‘State of the Basin Report of Kamala River and Water Resources Development Strategy’ has suggested the steps to be taken in the coming days for the development of water resources of the Kamala River Basin.
Speaking at the strategy public event, officials from the Governments of Nepal and Australia said that the structure of the Kamala River Basin is similar to other river basins in Nepal and that this strategy can be useful and exemplary for the development and management of other provinces and river basins.
Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Sagar Kumar Rai said that the strategy was useful for the use of water resources and risk management in the Kamala River region and raising the living standards of the people.
He said that it would be a useful reference material in other river areas of Nepal as well.
Australian Ambassador to Nepal said that the effects of climate change were beginning to be felt and that Nepal’s transition to a federal system had made it more relevant to the integrated development and management of the river basin.
According to Ambassador Volk, it includes suggestions of long-term importance for the management of possible disputes over the distribution of natural resources between the states and the use of water resources.
Former Energy and Water Resources Secretary Suryanath Upadhyaya said that the strategy has adopted the concept of integrated and participatory water resources management. Upadhyaya, mainly emphasizes on conservation of resources and the multi-utilization of water resources.
Dr. Auro Almeida, an Australian researcher involved in the formulation of the strategy, claimed that it would develop the capacity of Nepali officials to implement water resource management programs.
Dr. Auro said that there is a need to increase coordination among various state bodies (governmental and non-governmental organizations) and institutional reforms in Nepal.
Dr. Kapil Gyawali, a meteorologist at the Water and Energy Commission, claimed that the strategy focuses on integrated basin-based development, planning, and management of Nepal’s water resources management, as well as multilateral water resources management.
It is also claimed to be the first example of a highly participatory water resources project in Nepal, which was formed with the participation of three levels of government, water users, NGOs, and other community representatives.
The strategy focuses on commercial and scientific agriculture, mainly to facilitate the livelihood of the local people in the Kamala River Basin, reduce the risk of waterborne disasters, manage the Chure and its natural resources sustainably, support the availability, use, and distribution of water resources for economic growth and economic prosperity and livelihood security. Is given.
The Secretariat of the Water and Energy Commission on behalf of the Government of Nepal and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization on behalf of the Government of Australia has been working to develop this strategy.