By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Mar. 22: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that preserving nature and water, both crucial for life, has become a challenge to human civilisation. In a message issued on the occasion of the World Water Day-2022 on Tuesday, the President has wished that the Day would inspire all Nepalis to preserve water sources and help maintain ecological balance.
The World Water Day has been marked at the call of the UN on March 22 since 1993. Nepal is marking the Day with the slogan ‘Let’s understand the importance of underground water, let’s preserve it together’ by organising various awareness generating programmes. Stating that existence of life is associated with water and nature, the President stressed the need for recharging the underground water sources by preserving wetlands and building ponds and wells in rural areas.
She said the level of underground water has been diminishing continuously because of construction of concrete structures in the cities and pollution resulting from haphazard urbanization and growing industrialization. Likewise, according to RSS, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has stated that conservation of available water resources and quality of water by identifying the water resources and ensuring its sustainability was the common responsibility of one and all as a huge chunk of population was heavily reliant on use of underground water.
In his message of the best wishes on the occasion of the World Water Day today, the PM has urged all to make contributions from one’s side for the conservation and promotion of groundwater. In order to translate the responsibility of conservation into practice in an effective manner, the PM has called for intergovernmental coordination, robust information system, judicious distribution of water resources as well as academic studies, research and impact analysis of this area.
This year’s World Water Day is being marked with the theme of ‘Let’s Conserve and Promote Underground Water Resources’. The World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year since 1993 at the call of the United Nations with an objective of increasing awareness about the importance, conservation and sustainable use of water. Nepal marks the Day by organising various public awareness programmes every year.