Workshop seeks to protect local watersheds with sound national legislation

Sep 29, 2014

A restored wetland near Ha Phallang village in Semonkong. Photo: UNDP / Mabohlokoa Tau

In close partnership with the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lesotho will host a workshop on the review of Sustainable Land Management legislation on 30 September at the Maseru Sun.

The Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation (MFLR) rehabilitated 250,000 hectares of watersheds since 2012. However, grazing animals left unchecked by herd boys have caused at least $2 million in damages to the repaired watershed. Community Councils of the MFLR have expressed concern that there are not laws that guard damage to the works which have been undertaken within the water-sheds.

The high-profile workshop is expecting nearly 170 participants and will include legal officers from various councils in Lesotho and decision-makers in the Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation.

“UNDP does a lot of work with the communities that restore the watersheds, so we have to also invest in policies that protect that local investment,” said Mabohlokoa Tau, UNDP Project Monitoring Officer.

Workshop participants will deliberate on the application and interpretation of legislation relating to rangelands as well as catchment areas with particular attention on the Local Government Act 1997, Forestry Act 1998 and Range Management and Grazing Control Regulations 1980.

The UNDP-led workshop is set to begin at 8:30am. 

Contact information

Mark S. Cogan, Communications and Reports Specialist, Communications and Reports Specialist, Tel: (+266) 22 313 790 ext. 377, mark.cogan@one.un.org