Current Programme

World Wetland Day
2 February 2012

The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) and Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University are jointly organizing a field trip of Sundarijal Dhaap (Wetland and head of water Resources of Bagmati) and short orientation on research technique on wetland, for the graduate students to celebrate World Wetland Day on 2011 on theme “Wetlands and Tourism”.

The objective of the program is

1. To sensitize graduate and undergraduate students onwetlands conservation, importance of wetlands ecosystem and eco-tourism.

2. To motivate younger researchers and graduate students to carry out their research activities on wetlands conservation.

3. To build up capacity of graduate students in terms of basic conservation and research skills on this year’s theme of WWD as well as introduction to new ideas, concepts and techniques in conservation science.

Program

A group of graduate and undergraduate students with experts from wetland, biodiversity and tourism sectors will visit the Sundarijal Dhaap Area. At the Dhaap area, students will be trained on data collection technique for the baseline study of wetland.

Monks for Moving Planet; Hiking and Pray for zero emission
24 September 2011

This year on September 24, The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) is going to organize a hiking program in Namo Buddha Monastery. It is residential monastery where around 300 Buddhist Monks live and study. The monastery is at about 40 km from Kathmandu situated at a hill. On the day a team of youth will hike to reach the Monastery, will pray for zero emission of carbon. All hikers in their way will interact with local people and share and disseminate information about climate change and its impact and also about the campaign ‘Moving Planet’.

OBJECTIVES:
i. To create awareness to religious people
ii. To disseminate message to and drag attention of religious society and concerned authority to the climate issues.
iii. To make involve the religious society to the environmental movement and disseminate message to public.
iv. To establish a network among different stakeholders for information sharing.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES:
i. Exploring trail of NamoBuddha.

ii. Hiking: Hiking will be organized through Dhulikhel to Namobuddha. Participants disseminate and perform various activities during the hiking. It will help to build networks among various participants and also for campaigning. All hikers in their way will interact with locals people and  disseminate information about climate change and its impact and about 350 campaign

iii. Pray for Zero Emission of Carbon: All the participants along with monastery students and teachers will pray for the world to go beyond the fossil fuels. This will be held on pray room of monastery.

EVENT DETAILS:
The hiking will be carried out on following schedule:
Date: 24 September 2011
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Venue/Site
: Namo Buddha Monastery,KavrePalanchowk
Meeting Point: Koteshower Bus Stop, North East Corner, Kathmandu
Meeting time: 6:00 am
Route: BijulibazarDhulikhelNamobuddhaBanepaBijulibazar

REGISTRATION:
Fee:
 Rs. 50/- (Participants should manage their own logistics including food and transportation)
Deadline: 23 September, 2011 before 5 pm (seats are limited)

Coordinator:
Mr. Niranjan Bista – 9849183183

Co- Coordinator
Mr. Mithun Bista – 9841581678

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A Basic Training on GIS for Researcher

13-24 September 2011

After the successful completion of Training on Data Analysis for Climate and Climate Change Studies, The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) announces Basic Training on GIS for Researcher.

Date:    13 – 24 September 2011
Time:   0700 – 0900
Venue:   The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), Bijulibazar, Kathmandu

Resource Persons:
Mr. Ananta Man Singh Pradhan, Engineering Geologist, Ministry of Energy

Targeted Participants:  Graduate Students, Mid Career Professionals
Total Number of Participants: 15 (40% of total seat is reserved for graduate students).

Training Fee:  NPR 8000 (NPR 4000 for graduate students with recommendation from their colleges/universities)

Deadline for application: 11 September 2011

Note:
• Participants are requested to bring their personal laptop during the session
• Application form can be downloaded from www.smallearth.org.np
• Filled form should be dropped at SEN office or can also be sent via e-mail at info@smallearth.org.np
• Your participation will be confirmed only after full payment. Payment can be  made at SEN office or at  the bank (Account Name: The Small Earth Nepal,  A/C No.: 00100003755R, NMB Bank Ltd, Babar Mahal)

For further details, contact
Ms Soni Aryal
Project Assistant
Tel:977-1-4782738

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Training on BTOPMC -A distributed hydrological model

19-23 September 2011

Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW) in collaboration with The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) and International Research Center for River Basin Environment – University of Yamanashi (ICRE-UY) announces Training on BTOPMC, A Distributed Hydrological Model, developed by a team of University of Yamanashi, Japan.

BTOPMC is a physically based distributed hydrological model based on the block wise use of TOPMODEL with Muskingum-Cunge ­ow routing method, which is used in large river basins. It uses GIS in terrain modeling.

Date: 19-23 September 2011
Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Venue: Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water, Kathmandu 

Key Resource Persons:
• Dr. Khada Nanda Dulal (Kantipur Engineering College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal)
• Dr. Jun Magome (ICRE-UY)
• Dr. Vishnu Prasad Pandey (ICRE-UY)

Targeted Participants: Graduate Students and Mid-Career Professionals
Total Number of Participants: 15
Training Fee: Rs. 500

Participants may apply online via info@smallearth.org.np / creew2008@yahoo.com or visit the SEN/CREEW office to drop the form along with the training fee.

Notes:
• The application will open till the seats are filled up, and will be based on first come.
• Participants are requested to bring their personal laptop during the sessions.
• All the participants should have basic knowledge on GIS.
• This training would be considered as an on-site training for Virtual Academy (VA). Therefore, all the participants are expected to enroll to VA first. UY would prepare username/password for each of them. Before starting the training, the participants are expected to complete the basic course (through internet).
• Tea/cookies and required stationeries/software would be provided during the training sessions.

The last date of application is September 10, 2011.

For further details, contact
Ms Soni Aryal
Project Assistant, SEN
Tel: 01-4782738

Ms Manisha Sthapit
Research Assistant, CREEW
Tel: 01-4411918

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Training on Data Analysis for Climate and Climate Change Studies 
15 – 19 August 2011

A five–day long training program on “Data Analysis for Climate and Climate Change Studies” was successfully completed on Friday 19th August with a ceremony to award certificates to the participants. The training program, conducted at the Small Earth Nepal’s meeting hall in Kathmandu was designed and delivered to provide the participants an insight into the basic statistical concepts and climate indices for climate data analysis, data assimilation, data units, data handling and spatial climate data analysis.

Former Director General of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and Academician of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Dr. Madan Lall Shrestha; Prof. Lochan Prasad Devkota, Head, Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuwan University; and Mr.Saraju Kumar Baidya, Chief Climate and Meteorological Data Management Sections of DHM served as the resource persons for the training program.

As per the post-training assessment of the participants, the training has proved to be an excellent opportunity to understand various aspects of data analysis for climate change research. Seventeen mid-career professional staff and entry level researchers drawn from various universities, colleges, INGOs and NGOs attended the training program. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provided partial funding to organize the training program.

Awareness Campaign on Biodiversity
13 June 2011

The objective of this program was to sensitize the students about the biodiversity, along with the map creation of the specific area including all flora and fauna found in the particular area.

 The 14 students of seven schools were involved in the campaign. They drew the specific species found in the particular area of the National Botanical Garden including flora, fauna and overall scenario of the particular area.  The students had participated enthusiastically and presented good teamwork.  They were surprised to find richness of diversity even in the small area and gain knowledge about the important of biodiversity and its role on the ecosystem. The program was ended up by sharing the information of cyber tracker software to the participating students and the teachers, which helps to keep records of flora and fauna and can generate the maps.

Launching of CCLC Website and Annual Report at SVI
8 June 2011

Dr. Robert Monro, Country Director of the British Council Nepal, made his highly treasured presence and released the annual report of Climate Change Learning Centre (CCLC) in a program at the Siddhartha Vanasthali Institute (SVI), Kathmandu. In the program, Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga, the President of The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) launched the website (http://svinatureclub.wordpress.com) of the centre. CCLC is a project executed by Ms. Kanchan Shrestha, an International Climate Champion-2009/10 of the British Council Nepal. The centre was handed over to the Nature Club of the Institute. Ms. Shrestha is affiliated to the SEN and the program was organized jointly by the SEN and the nature club as an activity of the centre to release annual report and launch its official website.

In the program, the ex-members of the Nature Club of the Institute also reported various activities conducted by CCLC and Nature Club till the date. Ms. Manju Sapkota, Nepal Climate Change Knowledge Management Centre (NCCKMC), NAST, made her commitment of providing a corner at NCCKMC for the CCLC and also looking forward to going ahead in a collaborative approach. It was followed by a group discussion and an interaction among the participants. During the program the certificates were distributed to the ex-members of the Nature Club. The program was also attended by the various journalists along with other concerned persons in the field of climate change.

Students’ Meet on Climate Change
5 June 2011

The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) with the support of WWF Nepal organized one day programme entitled “Students’ Meet on Climate Change “on the occasion of the World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday, 5 June 2011 at Nepal Administrative Staff College, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. This year the day was celebrated with the theme “Forests: Nature at Your Service” that coincides with the UN International Year of Forests 2011 to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Each year on 5th June, the World Environment Day is celebrated globally as an annual event. The WED celebration began in 1973 and is being celebrated each year, sensitizing people on the present day situation of their environment, bringing government and stakeholders in the same platform to design and implement various actions to conserve the   environment. Through the WED, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. The WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

The orientation classes for the students were conducted by Ms. Nisha Amatya, Program Assistant, SEN to motivate 38 students and teachers to participate in the program with different presentations and other activities. The day long program in the WED capacitated about 100 students and 15 teachers from 14 schools of the Kathmandu valley in different aspects of Climate Change. The program was coordinated by Mr. Sudarshan Rajbhandari, Vice-President, SEN.  The entire program was conducted by the participating students with the facilitation of the organizers. Altogether 11 papers that includes seven from the school students, one from a school teacher and the remaining three from the expert group were presented. All the papers were presented in different aspect of the Climate Change.

Among the student’s presentations, Samrat Prasai from Occidental Public School and Krishna Rauniyar and Kenny Dangol from Bhanu Bhakta Memorial Higher Secondary School presented on topic “How the climate is changing?”. Similarly, Dharma Raj Ojha and Jayan Ranjit from Shree Kumari School presented paper on “Can We reduces Changing Climate? Mitigation”. The topic of “We Can Reduce the Impacts: Adaptation Basis” was covered by students from Pacific Academy namely Deuraj Uprety and Ayush Karmacharya. From Little Angels’ School Ashryata Manandhar presented her paper on the topic “National and International Response to Climate Change “.Raghav Poddar and Neha Rajbhandari from Rato Bangla School presented a paper on “Climate Change: No More Silence”. Similarly from Aarsha VidyaMandir Higher Secondary School, Ichhaya Acharya and Rabin Aryal presented their paper on “Students’ Role for Conserving the Mother Earth”. Lastly Mr. Ganesh Singh Dhami, Environment Population and Health teacher of Aarsha Vidya Mandir Higher Secondary School presented the paper on “Climate Change: Motivating Ambassadors”.

Furthermore, students recited three poems related to climate change namely Sabrin Gautam and Kishor Adhikari, from Bhanubhakta Memorial Higher Secondary School and Anga Mahatara from Little Angels’ School. Similarly, two dramas were performed by the students of Asphodel Public School and Nagarjun Valley Academy.

Mr. Bhawani Shankar Dongol, Senior Program Officer-Fresh Water, WWF Nepal presented on topic “Impacts of Climate Change”.

Mr. Jeeban Panthi from The Small Earth Nepal presented his paper on topic the “School Students and Changing Climate (S2C2). During the program the contents of the book “Pani Prasad Ventures to Raise Climate Change Awareness”, the third series of Pani Prasad related to climate change adaptation focusing to school students of Nepal was shared by Piyush Dahaland and Mr. Niranjan Bista conducted quiz related to Pani prasad.

The program was wrapped up with the distribution of certificate and token of love to participants and schools followed by a documentary show entitled “Combating Climate Change in Gokyo” produced by WWF.

Launching of the Communicating Climate Change: We can Address it, Solutions within us
21 May 2011
Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery (TTYA), Namo Buddha

The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) launched the project called “Communicating Climate Change: We can address it, solutions within us” on 21 May 2011 which is supported by the Korea Green Foundation in ThranguTashiYangtse Monastery (TTYA), Namo Buddha, Kabhrepalanchok District of Nepal.

Mr. Arun Prasad Bhattarai, Administration and Finance Officer of the SEN, gave the welcome speech with short description of the SEN. During welcome speech he acknowledged the monks who had engaged in the environment programs and all the members of ThranguTashiYangtse Monastery.

Mr. Sundar Layalu, coordinator of the project and the researcher of the SEN briefed about the project and its implementations to participants of the Monastery. Acharya Lopon Karma Samdup expressed his heartily grateful to have this kind of program in which they were became environmental friendly. Then, Mr. Layalu announced and hands over the financial grant for briquette training to the manager of the Monastery, Lama Tenzin Chophel. Mr. Chophel thanked for launching such programs in their Monastery so that students get aware about environment and encouraged themselves to became environmental friendly. Acharya Khpnpo Sherab gave sincere thanks to all the members of SEN in his closing remarks. SEN and TTYM signed the Memorandum of Understanding to run the project smoothly. The Program was wrapped with group photo session.


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