Nepal's Fewa Lake in tourist city Pokhara is at risk due to sedimentation

Nepal's precious Fewa Lake in tourist city Pokhara is at risk due to sedimentation

--> Ecosystem based Adaptation, a joint initiative of Government of Nepal, UNDP, UNEP and IUCN with support from German Government, has carried out a study on the solutions to stop this sedimentation in the fewa lake and also in overall conservation of Panchase (including the Phewa catchment area). One of the solutions proposed is construction of check dams in the upstream rivers and ecosystem based inervention such as slope stabilization, controlled constructions, plantation of amriso, bamboo and other trees that protect soil erosion. 

About Phewa Lake:
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal, the largest in Gandaki Zone followed by Begnas Lake. Phewa lake is located at an altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft) and covers an area of about 5.23 km2 (2.0 sq mi). It has an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) and a maximum depth of 24 m (79 ft). Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 43,000,000 cubic metres (35,000 acre·ft). The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake. The lake is also famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake

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