3rd National Ground Water Symposium
Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) in collaboration with CREEW, The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) and other partners has organized the 3rd National Symposium on “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources of the Kathmandu Valley” on 22nd March 2012 in the occasion of World Water Day 2012.
The objectives of the symposium ware to share the recent study and research work, to discuss on groundwater issues and opportunities with concern stakeholders and to promote groundwater recharge and rainwater harvesting as one of the alternative options in Kathmandu Valley. The symposium was inaugurated by Ms. Brinda Hada Bhattarai, Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation. The session was continued with the key note speeches from Prof. Futuwa Kazama, Professor, ICRE-UY and Dr. Sangam Shrestha, Asst. Professor, AIT. A book entitled, “Kathmandu Valley Groundwater Outlook” was also launched by Secretary Ms. Bhattarai during the opening session of symposium. Ms. Bhattarai said, “Ground water management should be promoted in institutional instruction and integrated manner” ,The welcome remarks in the symposium were expressed by Dr. Suman K. Shakya, Executive Director, ENPHO.
Nine different presentations in three different sessions were conducted including water quantity, quality and ground water use, market and institutions. Ms. Padmaja Shrestha, Sr. Program Manager, ENPHO presented a paper on “Scenario of Kathmandu valley ground water quality” and Mr. Prajwal Shrestha, Program Manager, ENPHO presented a paper on “Ecological Sanitation: Closing water, sanitation and agriculture loop” in the symposium. The 3rd national symposium was concluded with the poster presentation session related to ground water issues of Kathmandu Valley.