Gyalshing , 28 Aug (IPR): A workshop regarding ‘Jal Abhyaranya’ programme for rejuvenation of natural springs in West Sikkim under the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) programme organised by G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD) under the guidance of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India was held at the conference hall of Kyongsha Zilla Bhawan in West Sikkim.
The main objective of the workshop was to compile the baseline data/information of drying mountain springs and develop at least one Jal Abhyaranya demonstration model in each aspirational district of all 12 Himalayan States. It also promotes replication of field model for rejuvenation of drying springs in the Himalayan States through technology and community based approaches for providing water security to local communities by the year 2024 in collaboration with the State agencies.
District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, directed all the SDMs and BDOs to identify all the drying springs in their respective areas and work in convergence with GBPNIHESD personnel using the technology and community based approaches for effective result. He suggested to prepare the plan on the conservation and management options for monitoring, protection, enhancement and restoration strategies for springs.
Scientist, GBPNIHESD, Dr. Mayank Joshi, gave a PowerPoint presentation in detail on spring rejuvenation for water security in Himalayan region.