Rivers are an intrinsic eco-system that we depend on.
There are numerous water bodies crossing the political borders of two or more countries, which create interdependencies between societies that rely on them for social and economic needs. This session brought forth the need for regional collaboration and cooperation between governments to resolve conflicts that may arise out of such trans-boundary waters. Moreover, if countries work together, the risks of climate change can also be abated. The session was moderated by Celine Cousteau, Founder, CauseCentric Productions.
Everyone believes in chokho pani as it connects all life, yet it has no demonstrated collective social presence. It is a silent observance and private expression, mostly at individual and household levels. Interestingly, many of the springs and other water sources are choked with household and commercial waste.
Dharan receives over 2000 mm of rain every year (average – 5 years, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology). A household having a roof of 100 sq. meter could trap 200,000 liters of rainwater of which 160,000 liters can be used. For a family of four using 100 liters per person per day can theoretically live off rainwater throughout the year.