Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal (CSUWN) is a project to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of wetland biodiversity and environmental goods and services for improved local livelihoods in Nepal.
So far NLCDC has accomplished conservation programs in more than 226 lakes and wetlands of Nepal. However, these works are not enough for the conservation of lakes. Therefore, the committee has been emphasizing on conservation and development of the lakes placed over seven provinces as major tourist destinations. NLCDC facilitates the funds to the local conservation development committee, stakeholders; NGO (External Development Partners) s to conduct the various conservation and development reach programs to conserve the wetland biodiversity of entire Nepal. The funds are dispensed based on lake conditions, their significance, possible threats, and the conservation status of lakes, daha, ponds, and kunda of Nepal.
Moreover, NLCDC has conducted technical research on all lakes of Pokhara with the support of the SGF/08/NP/01 Ramsar Secretariat in Switzerland and shared the information by filling Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS). As a result, all the nine lakes of Pokhara Valley (Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, Dipang, Maidi, Gunde, Khaste, Neureni, and Kamal Pokhari) merged and were declared one Ramsar Site on February 2, 2016, (World Wetland Day) in the initiative of the committee.
NLCDC believes in the import of the lake basins management effectively and efficiently for the sustainable conservation of lakes and wetlands, the committee has been working on six pillars of lake governance to safeguard and manage the watershed of lakes. The six pillars of lake governance are as follows:
Institution: to conserve and use the services of lakes and wetlands
Policy: to control the consumption and minimize the effects of lakes
Local people’s participation: to conserve of watersheds of the lakes
Technology: maximum use of technology use in conservation until possible
Education/Information: use traditional and scientific education/ information systems as needed
Sustainable economy: an integrated economy to help in conservational activities