Lalitpur, August 26:
Participants at the International Symposium on Community-led Management of River Environment today said all Nepali citizens are equally responsible for the conservation of rivers in Kathmandu.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day symposium, Rainer Mutschler, project coordinator, Kathmandu Participatory River Monitoring (KAPRIMO), said every individual is responsible for the conservation of rivers. â€œEveryone should be committed towards the preservation of rivers rather than seeking help from others,â€ he said.
The KAPRIMO is a project launched by the Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) and co-funded by the European Commission to make river quality data of Bagmati and Bishnumati river segments available on regular basis.
Dinesh Thapalia, chief, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, said: â€œThere is an urgent need to coordinate with local bodies for effective implementation of community-led projects to conserve the rivers.â€
Krishna Prasad Devkota, chief, Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City, said the projects like the KAPRIMO would provide authentic data for the initiation of projects for river conservation. Prachet K Shrestha, chairman, ECCA, said the symposium would help exchange experiences and knowledge at a wider level.