SEN participated ANU workshop on climate adaptation toolkit

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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.

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SEN Representative Participated in the HELIX Delhi Stakeholders’ Workshop

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13th August 2014

Mr. Jeeban Panthi, Research Coordinator at The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), recently participated and provided expertise feedback in a workshop organized at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Delhi. The workshop was a part of the Exeter University and UK Met Office led European Union funded collaborative research project called ‘High End Climate Impact and Extremes (HELIX). It was organized among the researchers and scientists working in climate change areas from South Asia. The objective of the project was to assess the impacts of climate change and develop adaptation strategies with different scenarios of climate projections: average change in 2, 4 and 6°C of the temperature compared to the baseline. HELIX shall address the future situation by providing a clear, coherent, internally-consistent view of a small, manageable number of future worlds under those high levels of global warming.  Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the focus regions for the project. More than 70 experts working in different sectors of climate change: water, agriculture, livelihood, gender, policy were participated to the workshop. Project leader Prof. Richard Betts from the UK Met Office and Exeter University, UK presented the overall objective of the project for setting the tone. Different thematic panel discussions were organized to highlight and prioritize the regional issues and adaptation needs.

Mr. Panthi shared some of his experiences working in climate and water sectors in Nepal, particularly the validity of the regional climate model (RCMs) especially in high mountain regions. Also, the HELIX team was offered to organize a side event for refining the research project concept from mountain perspective during the International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood next year in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr. Panthi is one of the members of the stakeholder committee of the project representing Nepal and the proposed conference.IMG_9598

Farewell to Mr. Binay Sa Kanu

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) organized a farewell program to Mr. Binay Sa Kanu on 13 July 2014. Mr. Sa was in SEN since 16 December 2012 and involved in various projects.  His special involvement and coordination in the Planet Nepal 2.1: Festival of Arts and Environment, which was held on 10 to 13 September, 2013, was an appreciating work for entire SEN. In the program, Sudarshan Rajbhandari, Vice-President of SEN, congratulated Mr. Sa for achieving research fellowship at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). All the SEN staff shared their moments working with Mr. Sa and wished him for better career ahead. Mr. Sa thanked SEN and its members for their cooperation and for supporting him in every task and guiding in all his endeavors.

On behalf of SEN family, Er. Sudeep Hada, Director of SEN, presented a souvenir to Mr. Sa. Mr. Hada also wished him for success in her every step ahead and he also wished to work with Mr. Sa in future in his research program at JNU.  He also appreciated him for his presence and role during his tenure in SEN. His cooperation and friendly behavior were much appreciated.

At last SEN wished for his best career in future.

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Congratulations to Ms. Sangita Maharjan!!

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We, on behalf of SEN family would like to congratulate Ms. Sangita Maharjan, Executive Member, The Small Earth Nepal, for his prosperous and happy married life.

We, on behalf of SEN family would like to congratulate Ms. Sangita Maharjan, Executive Member, The Small Earth Nepal, for her prosperous and happy married life.

Dilli Bhattarai presented research poster in MAIRS Open Science Conference, China

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Dilli Bhattarai, member of The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), presented his research poster at MAIRS Open Science Conference in China, 7-10 April 2014. Mr. Bhattarai is a research grantee for IDRC-University of Nairobi Master Scholarship in the Research Grants on Innovative Application of ICTs in Addressing Water Related Impacts of Climate Change project. The poster was a part of his research activities for his master degree thesis.

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The conference was organized by Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), Institute of Sociology/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and Institute of Atmospheric Physics/Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The conference was attended by about 250 participants from 24 different countries and presented with 19 keynotes speeches and 26 parallel sessions. Sixty research posters were presented in the poster session of the conference.

Mr. Jeeban Panthi and Mr. Dilli Ram Bhattarai participated in the Second CORDEX Science and Training Workshop

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) is regularly following up the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) activities in South Asia. Recently, Mr. Jeeban Panthi and Mr. Dilli Ram Bhattarai from SEN participated to the Second CORDEX Science and Training Workshop at International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) from 27 to 30 August 2013. The workshop was jointly organized by ICIMOD, WMO-World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), and Centre for Climate Change Research of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). The workshop was supported by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and WCRP. The workshop was focused on the following theme:

  • Evaluation of monsoon climate simulation in Hindu Kush-Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau region from multiple climate models (onset and withdraw, seasonal and intra-seasonal variability, flood, drought, heat wave etc.).
  • Assessment of downscaling techniques and their products in Hindu Kush-Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau region to understand uncertainties accompanying the regional climate projections and examine the feasibility of climate model results.
  • Bridging the gaps between end users’ needs and climate modeling communities, and meeting the requests of end-users (hydrology, agriculture, water resources, land cover and ecosystem, human health etc.) on downscaled products, with definition of data types, formats and resolutions, for vulnerability, impacts and adaptation analysis.
  • Training of operational departments and local policy makers in South Asia and supporting local/regional policy making as well as sustainable development by providing user friendly regional downscaling products for South Asia.

Here are the major outcomes of the workshop: http://www.icimod.org/?q=11544

The First CORDEX South Asia workshop was organized from 17 to 20 October 2012 at IITM, Pune, India where Mr. Panthi and Mr. Piyush Dahal had participated.

Those workshops were of great importance to the young researchers as they can learn the new research technologies, incur with the thematic scientists. SEN will be using the CORDEX output in future for its ongoing couple of climate adaptation research projects.

Heartfelt Condolence !!

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We, The Small Earth Nepal family, express our heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of Mr. Bishnu Charan Raya, father of Mr. Bujesh Charan Raya (Secretary- The Small Earth Nepal) on 7 September 2013 at the age of 84.

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

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