<h3>Livestock rearing</h3>While our parents work in the field, my friends and I help them by taking the buffaloes to graze. I like to go to school, but tending buffalo is also fun, and our parents say this is also important work. <h3>Fodder</h3>I am carrying fodder for my livestock. I have a 'pass' which allows me to collect fodder from the reserve for 2 months of the year. We have to pay  a nominal fee to get the pass. This system allows us to collect our share of resources, which we need for our household. <h3>Adaptive technology: biogas</h3>I am a college student and the daughter of a farmer. The installation of the biogas plant at my house has made a big difference in my life. I save the time I used to use for collecting fuelwood. Now I can cook my food faster, and the utensils also do not get too dirty. Since there is no smoke in our house, my mother no longer suffers from asthma and headaches. <br/><br/>Sunita Chaulagai<br/> <h3>Weaving</h3>I am preparing jute fibre, which is used to make mats and baskets. This is an important income source for our family. With the money I get from selling these jute products, I pay for my children's education. <h3>Habitat vs. fuel</h3>The river brings a large amount of driftwood that several bird species rely upon for resting and hunting. Despite provisions for fodder and fuelwood collection from the buffer zone areas, this driftwood is often collected for fuel, depriving the wetland animals and birds of their needed microhabitat.<br/><br/>Warden, Buffer zone Area  <h3>Habitat vs. fuel</h3>The river brings a large amount of driftwood that several bird species rely upon for resting and hunting. Despite provisions for fodder and fuelwood collection from the buffer zone areas, this driftwood is often collected for fuel, depriving the wetland animals and birds of their needed microhabitat.<br/><br/>Warden, Buffer zone Area  <h3>Pottery</h3>We have been involved in pottery for generations. Nowadays, our products receive attention only during festivals. At other times, clay utensils are not valued as much as plastic and aluminium ones. I am worried about the future of our profession, whether we will be able to sustain our family with this traditional job. <h3>Alternative to fire wood?</h3>We prepare our ‘guitho’ fuel from sticks, husks, leaf litter, mud, and cow dung. This supplements our fuelwood needs and is easy to prepare. However,  this leaves us with little ingredients for manure, so we have to rely on chemical fertiliser for farming. <h3>Agriculture</h3>Agriculture is our sole means of livelihood. We mostly grow paddy and wheat. The crops are enough to sustain my family. During the planting and harvest season, it is quite hard work for us, and all family members – men and women – are occupied. <h3>Social remittances</h3>A long time back, I worked as a contract farmer in the Punjab province of India. Now, I do farming in my own village. But vegetable and crop farming on my small piece of land is not adequate. I learned many farming techniques while in Punjab. I use this knowledge to grow sunflowers on some land I have got on lease. I make a good profit through mixed farming.<br/><br/>Ram Dev Chaudhary <h3>Fishing</h3>Fishing has been an integral part of our culture and traditions. This wetland is shrinking and there are fewer fish and less catch for us. Nowadays, we are often compelled to fish in the wetland reserve, because this is our only source of income.<br/><br/>Representative from Malahar community <h3>Financial remittances</h3>My husband works in a rubber factory in India. He works there for 8 or 9 months in a year. The money he sends is spent on food and medicine for the family. My children are still too young to go to school. The money is enough now, but when the children grow up, the money might not be enough. We have also bought a TV and a sewing machine. The machine is useful in repairing my children's clothes.<br/><br/>Ram Piyari Yadav <h3>Financial remittances</h3>My son has been working in Malaysia for three years. He has sent some money which I invested to rebuild our house, which was destroyed in the Koshi flood [of 2008]. If my son had not gone abroad and sent the money, I could never have rebuilt the house. It is still not complete, but I hope to finish it soon<br/><br/>Domi Yadav