Kathmandu, 21 September: An advocacy workshop on empowering unprivileged women and youth groups to adapt the climate change hazards in Nepal was held in Kathmandu on Friday 21 September 2018. With the support of German International Development Cooperation GIZ and CIM, the workshop was organized by the Europe- based organization BASUG and SOLVE Nepal.
The Member of National Planning Commission (Climate Change and Environment) of Nepal Dr Krishna Prasad Oli inaugurated the workshop as chief guest, while Chairperson of SOLVE Nepal Narayan Joshi was in the chair. BASUG Chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua addressed the session as special guests. Member of SOLVE Nepal Sohan Shrestha moderated the inauguration session. Among others, Chairperson of Bagmati Rural Municipality Bir Bahadur Lapchan, Chairperson of Mahankal Rural Municipality Ram Chandra Dahal, Climate Change Specialist Engila Mishra Maharjan, Vice Chairperson of Mahankal Rural Municipality Kamala Tanange and Vice Chairperson of Bagmati Rural Municipality Ranjana Ghimere graced the occasion.
The Chief Guest Oli in his speech said, prime need is to promote human wellbeing and to reduce the impact of climate change in the lives of rural population especially vulnerable section of our society. He also made his commitment to incorporate this issue in the upcoming 15th periodic plan and long term vision of the government.
Executive Director of SOLVE Nepal Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan presented welcome address in the workshop. Among others, Country Coordinator of CIM in Nepal Pasma Dahal, Country Coordinator of BASUG UK Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Project Coordinator of BASUG Germany AHM Abdul Hai, Consultant of SOLVE Nepal Sudil Gopal Acharya and Nimesh Regmi facilitated the workshop among others. Moderated by Dean of IOF Dr Krishna Tiwari, a paper on Climate Change and its Impact in Nepal was presented by Climate Expert Dr Netra Prasad Timsina. In the technical session another paper on Gender Perspectives of Climate Change was presented by Climate Expert Basna Sapkota.
Under this project a mapping report and a documentary film on the issue have been produced and have been presented during the workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by pouring water into a plant by the chief guest.
The objective of the workshop was to create awareness among the unprivileged women, youth groups, policy makers, climate activists and local development activists on the issue of adaptation to the climate change hazards for the sustainable growth and food security in Nepal. The project also aimed at promoting diaspora initiatives for the community development in the country of origin. Moreover, two training courses for the unprivileged women and youth groups will be organized in Lalitpur and Kathmandu in Nepal and another advocacy workshop will be organized in Berlin, Germany in 2019.