ANU workshopMr. Jeeban Panthi participated in a workshop organized by the Australian National University (ANU) from 20-21 October in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was organized to disseminate the findings of an AusAid funded project ‘Working Towards Improving Resilience and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan Region’. The collaborative research project of ANU, Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS)/Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Central Department of Geography, Tribhuvan University aims to develop an integrated climate change adaptation toolkit that could be used by key decision makers as a guide for national planning and local capacity building. Mr. Panthi provided his inputs to the climate study carried out in Panchkhal area as a case study site in Nepal. SEN has been identified as a potential partner for the project especially to implement the research findings in grass-root level and transfer the proven technology for building the community resiliency.

The participants also discussed about a new institution ‘Himalayan Studies Center’ to be hosted by the ANU which aims to foster collaboration, research and teaching and to generate new knowledge in the Himalaya region. The workshop was attended by scientists from Nepal, Australia, India, Bangladesh and China.