Nepal State of the Environment Report : The Monthly Overview, September 2013

Water is available in the traditional water spouts, wells and ponds in Lalitpur area following extensive implementation of rainwater collection and ground water recharge projects at different places of Lalitpur district in Nepal . Read more in this first Monthly Nepal State of the Environment Report published by the South Asia Environment Portal.  September 2013 Edition is out! Download, Read and Share. Happy reading!
 
WATER RESOURCES AND FISHERIES
 
Water is available in the traditional water spouts, wells and ponds in Lalitpur area following extensive implementation of rainwater collection and ground water recharge projects at different places of Lalitpur district in Nepal.
 
DAMS
 
With the construction of the main canal under the Sikta Irrigation Project at Agaiya, Banke district in Nepal is expected to open door for economic prosperity in the district. The Upper Trishuli-1 — 216 MW — hydroelectricity project, located in Rasuwa in Nepal, will kickstart project construction within September.
 
POLLUTION
 
Around 500 people, including 200 staffers from the metropolis, gathered on the banks of the Bishnumati River in Nepal to take part in the river cleaning campaign.
 
FLOODS, DROUGHTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS
 
The flooded Kakarukhola breached an embankment and gushed into the paddy fields, destroying crops planted on 500 bigha land in Nepal. Landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Nepal swept away houses in Mahabharat, Budhimorang and Bhedetar VDCs with more than 100 people displaced, security personnel mobilised in the affected site said. A mild earthquake rocked eastern Nepal with the epicenter in Dhankuta.
 
HABITAT
 
The Nepal government has allocated Rs. 4 million for Dang district for building houses for the Badi and Gandharba communities this year. The Nepal government has aimed to double total earning from tourism industry within 2023 by focusing on the aviation sector and the overall development of tourism sector.
 
WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION
 
The construction work of Khangrana Drinking Water Project at Rajpur VDC-7 near Nepal- India border in Dang district has been completed recently. The Finland government has agreed to provide a grant assistance of Rs 1.85 billion to the government for the implementation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal (RWSSP WNII). People from different walks of life descended on the streets of the Kathmandu Valley to clean it up as part of a nationwide ‘Clean-up Nepal’ campaign organised on the occasion of World Sanitation Day-2013. Local bodies in the Kathmandu Valley plan to declare the valley an open defecation free (ODF) zone by 2015. The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation is to be held in Kathmandu from October 22 to 24. The District Development Committee (DDC), Ilam has spent four million six hundred and seventy-seven thousand rupees in the campaign to declare Ilam as the open defecation free district. Salary would not be released to the government employees in Nepal until they constructed toilet at their homes. The message as a mandatory decision was circulated to all the government employees in Jajarkot district of Nepal. Bhaktapur will be the first open defecation free district in the Kathmandu valley.
 
HEALTH AND OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS
 
The number of encephalitis patients has increased in Banke district of Nepal. The District Public Health Office, Parsa, has launched a campaign to control dengue after as many as nine persons in Birgunj district were confirmed to have contracted the disease. The Health Ministry of Nepal has renewed its commitment to dedicate more efforts towards decreasing infant mortality in the country, said Dr Padam Bahadur Chand of the ministry.
 
ENERGY
 
With an aim to help local communities improve their livelihoods by increasing access to cleaner energy technologies for cooking purposes, a project to install 20,000 biogas plants by 2020 has been launched in Nepal. Kathmandu valley is planning to generate electricity from the heaps of garbage and solid waste which would be the pioneering practice in the whole country.
 
LIVING RESOURCES
 
A herd of wild elephants from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in Nepal has destroyed a dozen houses in Kanchanpur and Badgama in Saptari. Nepal marked the seventh National Conservation Day with a theme —snow leopard conservation and a call to protect the Himalayas in Kathmandu.

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