A four days’ workshop knowledge sharing workshop on “Springs and Springshed management for reviving drying springs” was organized by Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests & Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests and Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with National Environment Commission Secretariat of Royal Government of Bhutan, Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Pune and Rural Management and Development Department (RM&DD), Government of Sikkim, India. The knowledge sharing workshop which started on 15th November ended on 18th November with three days of theoretical session and one day of practical field demonstration. The opening session of the workshop was graced by Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests.
Springs are a part of groundwater system and the science of hydrogeology that governs the occurrence and movement of water in the underground aquifers i.e. water bearing geological formations is not well understood. Springs are also part of complex socio-technical and informal governance systems with pronounced gender and equity dimensions and these systems are not well understood either. This often results in misconception regarding springs and this in turn, creates misaligned policies that exacerbate the problem.
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