As A Rapporteur in A Workshop on Adaptation for Climate Change by Livestock Smallholders in Gandaki River Basin
The Stakeholders Consultative Workshop kicked off on 2 November 2012 at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole Kathmandu. The workshop was jointly organized by The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), Management Support Services (MASS), City University of New York (CUNY) and Colorado State University (CSU) for the inauguration of the research project, “Adaptation for Climate Change by Livestock Smallholders in Gandaki River Basin”. The workshop’s objectives were to share and discuss among the stakeholders about the methodology and tentative work plan for the project and at the same time to disseminate such information about the project to policy as well as decision makers in Nepal.
More than seventy participants from different sectors (students, professors, researchers, government’s officials, representatives from NGOs and INGOs, scientists, agriculturists, agronomists, ecologists, veterinary doctors and officers, meteorologist, hydrologists, etc.) actively participated in this workshop. There were opening session, project sharing and feedback session, poster session and technical sessions during which different speaker and presenters highlighted on the project details. There was also an interactive session where the participants rose their questions and gave their comments, inputs and suggestion for further implementation of the project.
Messages from Speakers:
- “We should target some of the problems and challenges and to get the solution, we need to come to the field. Empowerment, Capacity enhancement and entrepreneurship is only way to circumvent poverty.Though there are many issues regarding livestock, the answer always come from local stakeholders”- Prof. Ajay Jha, Colorado State University CSU
- “This project may solve some of the problems and benefit the farmers which mean to benefit the country. We have concrete evidence of climate change and since its effect is more in countries like Nepal. Livestock and agricultural systems are more vulnerable. ”- Prof. Mohan Sharma, Institute of Agricultural and Animal Sciences (IAAS)
- “It is very essential to develop necessary infrastructures and to mainstream gender, caste, marginalized people, and women for the development of livestock.”- Prof. Upendra B. Pradhananga – MASS
- “Though the impacts of climate change have been seen worldwide, Nepal is more vulnerable to it due to the physiographic fragility.”- Dr. Siddhi Ganesh Shrestha, Deputy Director General (DDG) of Department of Agriculture (DoA)
- “More than 333,900 metric tons of meat is produce every year and the demand for meat and milk production are increasing every year which will be in increasing order till 2050 according to FAO Report.”- Mr. Kamal Praksh Budathoki, DDG of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM)
- “It is need to take the outputs of the research from the lab of science to the field of farmers.”- Mr. Netra Sharma, USAID
- “Field research is full of challenges. Livestock without forest is impossible in Nepal”- Prof. Suresh Raj Chalise, Adviser to SEN
- “The outputs of research on climate change assessment, impact and adaptation need to be understood by people. They need to be educated about it and prepared for future adaptation actions. Continuous advancement of operational forecasting and seasonal prediction including severe weather warning is another essential for adaptation to Climate Change in Nepal.”- Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga, SEN
Conclusions from the workshop:
- Advises and suggestions will be seek from the concerned departments.
- The research activities will be shared with the concerned departments. A brief meeting is suggested to be organized at the Department of Livestock.
- The project will be inclusive and solution focused.
- The tools of NAPA and LAPA will be reviewed and approached.
- An attempt will be made for institutionalization of the outcomes of the research.
- Meeting with different stakeholders will be organized every 6 months.
- Comments, inputs and suggestions will be cooperated and considered as far as possible in the research activities.
- Sharing among the LCC-CRSP projects.
The program was concluded with the closing remarks by Prof. Upendra Pradhananga, who wished to execute the research with the positive vibes on working further in a collaborative way making the research project more inclusive.
The project also intended to communicate further by different stakeholders’ meetings and training scholarly publications and research training to university graduates. All the data, information prepared, generated from the project will be shared.
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