Wise use of Wetlands in Nepal

  • BB Bhandari Chief Technical Advisor, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal (CSUWN) Project
Keywords: Wise use, Ramsar site, wetlands, wetland loss, invasive species

Abstract

The paper attempts to throw light on Nepal's stride towards the wise use of wetlands in the country. The paper begins with the statement that wetland is a nascent term, which means many things to many people. In general wetlands are taken as the area covered with water for a part of the day or year. Biologically wetlands become the most productive when they dry out periodically. The Ramsar Convention defines wetlands as the "area of marsh, fen, peatlands or water". The global importance of Nepal's wetlands are manifested by the presence of the rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, rest place for migratory birds, waterway for the migratory fishes and availability of wild native rice. Nepal in its journey to the wise use of wetlands has passed through the four stages; primary, awakening, take-off and mass consciousness stages. Nepal's wetlands have been the victim of human conversion, over-exploitation, pollution of water, invasion of invasive species, human encroachment and deposition of sediments. Nepal has already designated wetlands in the Ramsar list and adopted a National Wetland Policy. The paper suggests that the loss of wetlands can be ameliorated by developing a national wetland act and national inventory, forming an interdisciplinary body to look over the issue, controlling invasive species etc.

Key words: Wise use, Ramsar site, wetlands, wetland loss, invasive species  

doi: 10.3126/banko.v19i3.2206

Banko Janakari, Special Issue February 2009, 10-17

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BB Bhandari, Chief Technical Advisor, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal (CSUWN) Project
Chief Technical Advisor, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal (CSUWN) Project, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal. Correspondence address: IUCN Nepal, P. O. Box 3923, Kupondole, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Telephone: 5526-391and 5528-781; E-mail: bishnu@iucn.org.np. The paper is based on the presentation and discussion with the key governmental officials of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) and various departments in the Interaction Program organized on the 9th December 2008.
How to Cite
Bhandari, B. (1). Wise use of Wetlands in Nepal. Banko Janakari, 19(3), 10-17. https://doi.org/10.3126/banko.v19i3.2206
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