Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) together with Faculty of Forestry, Agriculture and Forestry University (FoF-AFU), School of Environmental Science and Management – Pokhara University (SchEMS – PU) and LDC University Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC) organized the Research Seminar on Climate Change on 8th March 2019 (24th Falgun 2075) at Hetauda, Makwanpur. 70 participants from governmental bodies, CSO representatives, and academic staff of the university, Students from different educational background, Youth and Media representatives participated in the seminar. The seminar was organized with the main objective of sharing and documenting the researches done by young graduates in climate change regime from various discipline and they will be documented through publication of the proceeding of the research seminar.

The program was divided into two session; opening and technical. In the opening session, Ms. Sanju Shrestha from CEN initiated the program and Basu Dev Pokharel Assistance dean of FoF-AFU delivered the welcome remark. Mr. Manjeet Dhakal, Board Member of CEN then delivered a presentation focusing on trend of researches on climate change and the recent policy initiatives at various levels to address climate change. During his presentation, he highlighted about the key policy initiatives and the gap in technical research and implementation of formulated policies in climate change sector and its contextualization in federal Nepal.

Speaking at the program Mr. Shiva Kumar Wagle, Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of Province No.3 said that Maintaining synergy of economic development with environment and climate change sector actions is important and considering the federal context all the concerned stakeholders should work in a collaborative way to maintain the coherence and synergy among the intervention of various agencies.

Dean of FoF-AFU, Prof. Balaram Bhatta, PhD. said that instate of organizing these type of programs only in Kathmandu, we are able to bring it to Hetauda and he also emphasized in continuation of such initiatives. He highlighted about the importance of this seminar mainly in providing such forums for young graduates and youths from various disciplines while also sharing and documenting the latest and contextual researches in climate change regime with all the concerned stakeholders. Prof. Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal shared his remark and highlighted that technical research led by scientific community is of crucial importance in climate change sectors. Prof. Nabaraj Devkota, Director of DOREX at AFU expressed about the crucial importance of research in climate change sector and continuous collaboration and support among all the stakeholders should take place for effective climate Action.  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sudeep Thakuri, from CDES briefed about the key different researches in Nepal and possible way and topics to focus in the future by the young scientist and academia.

The technical session was observed after the opening and introductory session in which the paper and posters were presented by the researcher to the participants and discussion on all the research were observed alongside. The paper presentation session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal, and poster presentation session was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sudeep Thakuri. Mr. After the technical sessions were over, Mr. Lalmani Wagle from CEN delivered the closing remark thanking all the organizers and participants and announced the end of the program.


This news was originally published on the Clean Energy Nepal website.

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