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Climate Talks in a Remote Mid Hill District of Nepal

Submitted by Michael Rastall 15th March 2013 18:12

On February 17 2013, the Nepal Climate Change Knowledge Management Center organised a Climate Change Awareness Program at Diktel, headquarters of the remote mid hill district, Khotang, in the eastern region of Nepal. According to a report on Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping for Nepal published by Government of Nepal, Khotang district is at very high risk from Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF).

At the start of the program, Professor Dr Prakash Chandra Adhikari, Secretary, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), provided some scientific information on climate change and its impacts. Mr Ishwor P Khanal, Chief, Faculty of Science explained the role of NAST in climate change research while Dr Bimala Devkota, Chief, NCCKMC explained the activities of NCCKMC. The team organized a Climate Quiz at the premise of Shree Saraswoti Higher Secondary School. Altogether seven schools participated in the quiz program. Mr Nirmal Kumar Ghimire, District Education Officer said that the program acquainted the students on the fundamentals of climate change science and climate change impacts. A local community radio station in the region, Radio Halesi 104.2 MHz had a live broadcast of the program, which covered nearby the districts of Bhojpur, Udayapur and Okhaldhunga as well.

On the same day, the team organized an interaction program with district level governmental officials, journalists, representatives of political parties and NGOs on mainstreaming climate change risk management in local development plans. The interaction program started with a climate change documentary. The participants and students watched the documentaries together. Participants said that the intensity of snow fall at their locality has decreased and the springs are getting drier day by day. They demanded the preparation of a district level climate change adaptation plan. Mr Pawan Neupane, an environmentalist in the team interacted with the students and discussed on the climate change queries raised by them.