Ms. Roshana Maharjan attended “Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in Studies on Mountain Recharge System of Groundwater in the Himalayas”

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Ms. Roshana Maharjan, an intern, SEN, attended the workshop on “Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in Studies on Mountain Recharge System of Groundwater in the Himalayas” on 17-18 January, 2013 at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur, Nepal. The program was jointly organized by the ICIMOD, GBPIHED and IDI which was divided into opening cum technical session I, technical session II and technical session III for the first day and plenary session I and II for the second day. The chairpersons were Dr. David Molden, Director General from ICIMOD; Dr. Subash Chand Dhiman, Former Chairman (retired) from Central Ground Water Board, Government of India; Dr. B.K. Sapkota, Professor from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University; Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, DG from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal; Dr. Kedar Lal Shrestha, Professor from Institute for Development and Innovation respectively for the sessions.

During the knowledge sharing session, various resource persons from India as well as Nepal presented about the status of various ground water system and their availability. The case studies of different places of India and Nepal were presented. The discussion took place in the various subjects like management of seasonal water scarcity, importance of research on groundwater etc. From the workshop, through the participants view, the issues and the respective remedies were listed out. Then from the discussion the major points were drafted as the framework for the future project on groundwater. Finally Mr. Kedar Lal Shrestha concluded the workshop by saying that knowledge generation is must before knowledge sharing and for the knowledge generation collaboration among the countries is of utmost importance.

Heartfelt Condolence !!

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We, The Small Earth Nepal family, express our heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of Mr. Kunjarmani Bhattarai, father of Mr. Dilli Ram Bhattarai (Executive Member- The Small Earth Nepal) on 4 January 2013 at the age of 74.

We pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and also pray for the family to accumulate strength to bear this loss.

Annual Retreat Program 5-6 January 2013

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) organized an annual retreat program on 5th and 6th of January at Kalinchok, Dolakha. Situated at an altitude of 3800 m above the sea level, Kalinchok is famous for panoramic view of Himalayan range from Annapurna region to Everest region with Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Gauri Shanker with the closest.

IMG_4009A group of about 20 people including the SEN guests gathered at SEN office early in the morning. The journey started at 8 am in the morning from the office at Naya Baneshwor. The lunch was arranged at Khadichaur which is also known as Small Khasa. On the way, absolutely stunning views of the white snow covered glistening mountains and green hills could be observed.

IMG_4076The team then reached Kuri, a small valley, at 6 pm after the hustling and bustling ride. There was an arrangement of campfire and had a small program there. There was an introduction session in which each participant had introduced themselves. Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga, President of The Small Earth Nepal highlighted the present, past activities of SEN including the future plans. Mr. Sudarshan Rajbhandari, Vice President of SEN made an announcement of handling over a letter of appreciation to Ms. Prasamsa Singh for her contribution to SEN. Other guests present in the retreat also gave their suggestions and advice for SEN and shared their views as well.

kAlinchowk(sen_retreAt)-153Early in the next chilly morning, hiking started for the small hill which is about 3800 meters from sea level. After about one and half hours of trek, we reached the Kalinchok Bhagwati temple at the top of the hill. The exhausted feelings after the trek fade away after reaching at the top and seeing such a panoramic view of the snow covered mountains all around.kAlinchowk(sen_retreAt)-273

IMG_4108Some lucky colleagues even got the sight of the sun rise view. The glowing orange beam of sun was seen spreading slowly over the mountains and then on the hills. The view at that time was eye catching. After photo session there, we headed down to Kuri, had our lunch and then to Dolakha Bhimsen Temple. We returned back to Kathmandu and reached around 8 pm.

Overall Annual SEN Retreat was a fun filled, highly enjoyable and memorable trip.kAlinchowk(sen_retreAt)-364