Eleven villages from each district have been selected for implementation of participatory springshed development as a pilot project in the state.
The programme would help to reduce the surface runoff of rainwater in the spring-shed areas, promote deeper water percolation, and rejuvenate the water table.
This was announced by director, department of land resources, Mhathung Yanthan at the week-long training-cum-workshop on participatory springshed development (under participatory ground water management) at Ziphenyu village under Tseminyu, Kohima on Monday.
Selected villages include- Gidemi (Phek), Lukikhe (Zunheboto), Kinunger (Mokokchung), Tetheyo (Kiphire), Longkhitpeh (Tuensang), Chudi (Wokha),Peilhang (Peren), Lothavi (Dimapur), Old Jaboka (Mon) , Tungkhao (Longleng) and Ziphenyu (Kohima). The director urged the community to extend their cooperation in implementing the programme so that it would benefit them.
He said implementation of the programme in the state would be a boon to the people of the state, when forest is depleting and availability of portable water decreasing day by day. He, therefore, called for active participation from the village leaders to make the programme success.
The workshop is being organized by department of land resources Nagaland in collaboration with People’s Science Institute (PSI) Dehradun.
The aim of the training programme was to create a pool of para-hyrogeolgists working on groundwater resources and to enhance and build capacities to deepen and strengthen the understanding of regenerating springs, streams and underground flows through community-led actions based on local hydrogeology focusing on issues of water quality, sustainability and equity of groundwater as a common pool resource (CPR) in Nagaland through participatory springshed development programme.
Earlier, PSI Dehradun, Khrolhiweu Tsuhah in her introductory speech said that the programme was a follow up action of the orientation-cum-training programme held last year. Ankit Saxena and Vargish Bamola both from PSI also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the programme chaired by Khrolhiweu Tsuhah began with an invocation by pastor VBC, Senshweni Seb while welcome address was delivered by DPO Kohima, Dr. Menuosietuo Tseikha.