Five areas of intervention outlined for Chure project

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 28, 2014-Chure-Tarai Madhes Conservation Development Committee, formed by the government over two months ago, has been focusing on five major areas of intervention to protect the fragility of the ecosystem and communities living along the Chure region.  

The Committee headed by Rameshwor Khanal, former finance secretary, has started working in five key areas—formulation of a master plan, possible technologies to prevent and minimise the risks due to landslides; grazing and fire control policies; formulation of environment standards/protocols to monitor and regulate developmental works; and promotion of social-mobilisation aspect involving local communities.

The Committee has been mandated to formulate plans and policies to oversee the conservation works in Chure hill spread across 36 districts extending from Ilam in the east to Kanchanpur in the west.

According to Khanal, with the establishment of a central office at the National Trust for Nature Conservation in Khumaltar about a month ago, the committee has started consultations and field works in the said key areas.

“Our major outcome is to draft the master plan for Chure within a year,” he said. According to him, community-based conservation will be at the heart of overall Chure conservation model.

The committee has already started works on integrated river management in four river systems--Ratu, Balan, Jalad and Lal-Bakaiya rivers. As a part of the project, the committee will identify the risks associated with the river systems and come up with the ways to prevent and minimise them.  

In order to expedite the works, Khanal has urged the government to appoint the remaining four members in the committee.

Published: 29-08-2014 09:21

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