Call for political leadership to address water woes
April 12, 2018 08:08 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, April 12: Experts have stressed the need to manage and resolve the water woes at the political level.
At the international conference 'Water, Environment and Climate Change: Knowledge Sharing and Partnership' that kicked off Tuesday, various kers called for leaders to emphatically make water security a political agenda.
Ex Energy Minister Janardan Sharma said that Nepal had initiated hydropower construction initiative as part of 'Water of Nepal; Investment of People' campaign.
Similarly, another former minister Ananda Prasad Pokharel underscored the need o a leader who can preserve the water and help address water crisis.
"The construction of reservoir based hydropower project would preserve the water in a sustainable water", he added.
Former Minister Ganesh Saha said that an individual having caliber to resolve water woes or who can work for sufficiency of pure drinking water would emerge as a future leader.
Lawmaker Ramkumari Jhankri said individual who can use technology in providing water as per people's needs and address public aspiration would emerge a leader.
Bibeksheel Sajha Party leader Kishor Thapa said that no leader has been ever born in Nepal to address water issues, protect Nepali from floods, landslides and inundation by dealing with neighbours and manage and mobilize Nepali youths.
Former Vice-Chairperson of National Planning Commission (NPC) Sunil Babu Shrestha said that water management can be done by utilizing smart technology while noting Nepal should cash in on the invention, development and expansion of new technology.
The conference having participation of over 300 experts on 'impacts of climate change in water and its sources' is to conclude by issuing Kathmandu Declaration today.