The government has a critical role to play in the protection of river catchment areas. In fact, the government has several key roles that it has to play, in the protection of river catchment areas. Experience has shown that river catchment area protection efforts are unlikely to be very successful, without government support.
Some of the specific ways in which government can provide assistance in river catchment area protection efforts include:
- Through legislation: it is upon the government, specifically the legislative arm of the government, to come up with the relevant legislation. That is the legislation on which river catchment area protection efforts can be anchored.
- Through law enforcement: the government can set up a police unit (or some other law enforcement unit) to assist in river catchment area protection efforts.
- Through financing: the government can devote some of the funds at its disposal to the protection of river catchment areas. Experience tells us that river catchment area protection efforts are unlikely to succeed, unless they are supported with funding from the government kitty. This is because many of the things that need to be done are costly. They can’t be done through voluntary contributions. Voluntary contributions, as we all know, tend to be very small. You just have to ask yourself who the average contributor (to river catchment area protection efforts) is. That could turn out to be, for instance, someone working at the local Darden restaurant. This, therefore, is a fellow who gets just a few hundred bucks per week, through the Darden portal. And for him to get that rather modest paycheck, he actually has to go through the krowd olive garden login page, sign in there, and go through several authentication steps. Therefore such an individual (and others who meet this profile) has limited capacity to contribute towards river catchment area protection efforts. Clearly, if river catchment area protection efforts are to be funded entirely through such donations, they are unlikely to be successful. But the government can make all the difference, by chipping in financially.
- Through education: the government can run massive, nationwide educational/awareness campaigns, to get members of the public to appreciate the need for them to protect river catchment areas.