Training on watershed management underway

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Dimapur, March 15: A two-day training and workshop on ‘Hydro-meteorological monitoring and watershed management’ is being held on March 15-16 at Resource Centre, Ruzaphema, Dimapur organized by the Land Resources Department in collaboration with University of Minnesota and Mississipi Watershed Management Organization, USA.
In the inaugural programme on March 15, Inatoli Chishi, State Programme Coordinator, SLNA presented brief overview of departmental activities.
In a brief address, Dr. Joseph Magner, Research Professor, Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA highlighted on different ways of watershed management.
In the next session, Dr. Joseph Magner spoke on “Watershed systems thinking”. He said systems thinking is a visualization approach to problem solving. It is about viewing problems as part of an overall whole rather than reacting to specific parts.
Dr. Magner said systems thinking is based on the belief that the component parts of the whole can best be understood in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems rather than in isolation.
He urged the Government officers to think outside the box, think broadly and work for the future. Later, Dr. Magner also spoke on the topic, “Cosmic driven climate”.
In the afternoon session Dr. Udai B. Singh, Water Resource Director, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minneapolis spoke on the topic “Role of hydro-meteorology and water resources monitoring for watershed based planning and management of water and natural resources”. He described human resource as the most important factor in watershed development. He spoke on the importance of protecting water bodies and maintaining its water quality.
(Page News Service)