Two-Days Training Workshop, 19-20th March, 2012

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As part of the NNWW 2012, The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), along with Centre of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW) and Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) conducted Two-Days Training Workshop entitled “ Water Sampling, Analysis Training Program” on 19-20th March, 2012.

With the objectives to enhance understanding and capacity building of college students on water quality and related issues and also to intensify discussion on water related issues, the training was organized for 23 students from different institutions. The program began with short introduction of water sampling methods, calibration of instruments and demonstration of water quality testing kits on 19th March and ended with the formation of 4 sampling groups with proposed sampling sites at Dhobi khola, Chysal, Baluwatar and New Baneshwor targeting dug well and tube well samples.

On 20th March, students were provided field exposure for Groundwater sample collection, which were then collected at ENPHO for further testing by the students themselves. Six supervisors from CREEW, ENPHO and SEN provided technical assistance during the sampling and collection. The results from the water sample analysis were interpreted and presented in poster format at The 3rd National Groundwater Symposium held on 22nd March, Kathmandu.


Opening ceremony of Nepal National Water Week 2012

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Nepal National Water Week 2012 commenced with the inauguration ceremony held on March 17 at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap. Mr. Post Bahadur Bogati, Honorable Minister of Energy graced the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest.

The opening program was chaired by Mr. Bishwa Prakash Pandit, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission (WECS) Secretariat. The other dignitaries on the dais were Madam Nicole Menage, Country Representative, World Food Programme, Er.Ganesh Shah, Former Minister, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Mr. Bal Krishna Prashain, Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment, and advisor of Nepal National Water Week 2012, Er. Mahendra Bahadur Gurung, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation, General Secretary of NNWW- 2012, Dr. Ravi Sharma Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Vice Chair, NNWW- 2012, Dr. Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Climate Change Specialist, ICIMOD and Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung, Conservation Program Director, WWF Nepal.

The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest pouring water on food plants. After the welcome speech by Dr. Ravi Sharma Aryal, highlights of NNWW 2012 programs were presented by Er. Mahendra Bahadur Gurung, which was followed by the launching of the book published by WECS: Koshi River Basin Management Strategic Plan by the Chief Guest.  Mr. Piyush Dahal from The Small Earth Nepal shared the research report on Baseline Study and Vulnerability Assessment of Ramaroshan Wetland Area; Achham which was carried out as a part of NNWW 2011. All the dignitaries made their speech which were largely focused on this year’s theme “Water and food Security”. The water resources and the present condition of its pollution were the major highlighted on the ceremony. The water related burning issues and how it affects the food production and its security were addressed in the ceremony.

The program was concluded with the closing remarks made by Mr. Bishwa Prakash Pandit, Chairperson of NNWW-2012, Secretary, WECS, Government of Nepal.

SEN at International Student Meet 2012 at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, Orissa, India

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) facilitated the International Students Meets 2012 which was held in Rourkela, Orissa, India from 9-11 March 2012. The program was organized by National Institute of Technology (NIT). SEN collected 9 students from Tribuvan University, Kathmandu University and Purbanchal University to participate in the Meet. Students took participation on various activities of Meet like in cricket, badminton, cultural programs, T-Shirt painting, debate and roadies. The Meet was a confluence of students from more than half a dozen countries representing different civilizations and lifestyles. It widens the horizon of opportunities for scholars and invokes the idea that territorial boundaries cannot limit the spread and exchange of knowledge. The meet will advance with the objective of unified progress and co-operation in the future.

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