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Riverbank cutting occurs naturally along the rivers that run along the foothills of the Chure (Siwalik) range in Nepal when the stream collides with the river bank or the bank is eroded by water coming from agricultural land above the affected area. When riverbank cutting occurs, it leaves behind an eroded area shaped like a small cliff. This erosion takes place naturally and is difficult to stop because the site is devoid of natural vegetation. It is important to undertake conservation measures because when the riverbank is eroded it damages agricultural land and decreases soil fertility. When the productivity of the land is decreased it affects the lives and livelihoods of nearby communities most of whom are subsistence farmers.
Gobardiha-9, Madhabpur, Dang District, Nepal
WOCAT database reference: QT NEP 28
Location: Gobardiha-9, Madhabpur, Dang District, Nepal
Technology area: <0.1 km2
Conservation measure(s): Structural and vegetative
Land Use: Cropland
Stage of intervention: Prevention, mitigation, and reduction of land degradation
Origin: Externally through the District Soil Conservation Office (DSCO), Tulsipur, Dang
Related approach: Not described
Compiled by: Uddhaw B Ghimire, District Soil Conservation Office (DSCO), Tulsipur, Dang
Date: December 2010, updated March 2013
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