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Ponds and Landslides

The following narrative is a brief English synopsis of the book Pokhari Ra Pahiro (Ponds and Landslides) in Nepali. It is a story which began in 1987 with construction of dugout ponds in the hills to regulate monsoon runoff, thus reducing soil erosion and improving farm productivity. Between 1987 and 1997, about 1000 dugout ponds of various shapes and sizes were rehabilitated or dug anew in the hills of Lalitpur and Kavre districts in central Nepal. Prudently laid out, these ponds have proved effective in saving land from erosion, in stabilising landslides and gullies, and in improving farm productivity. They were also found to be effective in promoting vegetative cover and maintaining soil moisture in the drier hill slopes.

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