Photo: Pos Raj Adhikari
The emerging picture of the water resources in the upland areas of our mountains demands a serious examination, because due to shortage of water in the local spring sources many families have moved to new areas. This van alone helped 70 families, including this one on the move, in this season to migrate from Panchthar to a new place in Jhapa where water is available.
We did manage forests and improved greenery in the hills. We did try to implement numerous watershed projects, and we did train people and made them aware of the importance of managing natural resources. But, looks like we failed to understand how natural systems work in the mountains. A big question is that where did we go wrong?