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SCA-Himalayas Springshed management in hill districts to rejuvenate springs

Source: The Sangai Express


Imphal, November 14 2021: As part of the Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation in Himalayas (SCA-Himalayas), a comprehensive assessment programme has been taken up since August 23, 2021 under the initiative of Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Manipur and SDC-ICMOD-ACWADAM-LTT(R) in all hill districts of the state to conserve and rejuvenate the springs using a multi-disciplinary springshed management approach integrating local as well as scientific hydrogeological knowledge and mechanisms for inclusive governance.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) and IIT Roorkee have also extended technical support to the State as a part of the Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Action Phase 2 known as the SCA-Himalayas.

The programme aims to improve policies and programmes around springs through action research, capacity building, and development of a Decision Support System (DSS) including guidelines for implementation of springshed management interventions.

Besides, in regard to the news "Lunghar selected for water rejuvenation pilot project" published on November 12, 2021, the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Manipur has clarified that Phangrei mountain range area and Lunghar village have good potential for natural ground water recharge which also supplies drinking water to some part of Ukhrul district.

The Directorate also clarified that majority of water supply in Ukhrul Headquarter comes from Shirui village while adding that Lunghar village and Phangrei hill range of Ukhrul have been identified as pilot study location based on its dynamics of aquifer and potential of underground water recharge.

Moreover, taking center at Lunghar village, all the neighbouring villages namely, Kangkhui, Shirui, Sihai, Phangrei, Kalhang, Nungpi, Marium, Awang Kashom, Kharasom, etc would also be covered in phase-wise manner.