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Soil Conservation and Bio-engineering Training
As an integral part of ISER-N’s local capacity building goal, the institute organized two one-day long trainings on soil conservation and bio-engineering to the flood prone communities of Ganganagar (on 11 Feb 2011) and Meghauli Village Development Committees (VDC) (on 12 Feb 2011) of western Chitwan. Located along the two main rivers Rapti and Narayani Communities in Ganganagar and Laukhary of Meghauli VDC are affected by flooding and river cutting every monsoon seasons.  To help to mitigate flooding and river cutting problem to some extent ISER-N has conducted a training cum bamboo plantation program in these communities. The aims of the training were twofold: (a) to create awareness among local communities about environmental conservation, and (b) to help them practice environmental friendly bio-engineering technique - single node bamboo propagation technique - to protect from soil erosion, flooding and edge cutting by river in their communities.

A total of 40 local people (23 from Ganganagar and 17 from Laukhary, Meghauli) participated in the training. First, participants were provided with information about environmental problems due to flooding and edge cutting by river and the role of environmental conservation programs. Then, the participants were trained on single node bamboo propagation and plantation practice. This technique is both cost effective as well as efficient over the conventional methods of growing bamboo. Bamboo seedlings grow faster. Local people learn this technique easily.

In Ganganagar, the training was organized in coordination with the members of Belsahar Buffer Zone Community Forest User Group. This User Group established a nursery with 1060 bamboo nodes. The seedlings will be planted along the edge of the Rapti River.  In Laukhary, a demonstration nursery has been established. Local people will grow seedlings and plant them along the edges of the Narayani River. Mr. Shiva Ram Adhikari (Soil Conservation Officer, Salyan) provided the training to the participants.

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