As A Rapporteur in 4th APN SA-SRCM, CAAS and PDTW
Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) organized the 4th APN South Asia Sub-Regional Cooperation Meeting (SA-SRCM), Climate Adaptation and Agriculture Seminar(CAAS) and Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) from 14 to 18 January 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event was hosted by Ministry of Science, technology and Environment (MoSTE) Nepal with support from The Small Earth Nepal (SEN).
Hon. Minister Keshab Man Shakya, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), Government of Nepal inaugurated the Sub Regional Cooperation Meeting by watering the plant and expressed his gratefulness for such an event being organized in Nepal. He emphasized that this event will be very fruitful for knowledge sharing and capacity building in between the South Asian countries for further research activities regarding global environmental change.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Gokarna Mani Duwadee, Joint Secretary, MOSTE and was facilitated by Prof. Madan Lall Shrestha, Academician, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). The meeting highlighted on APN Biodiversity and Ecosystem Framework, development of South Asia Science-Policy Dialogue, identification of common issues in South Asian countries and submits a proposal for climate adaptation to APN. The meeting also proposed the host country for 4th APN South Asia Sub-Regional Cooperation Meeting.
There were different paper presentation on Climate Change and Adaptation during the Climate Adaptation and Agriculture Seminar. As a keynote speaker, Mr. Dhiraj Pradhananga, President at SEN reflected on the activities carried by SEN under different APN’s program. “APN is a catalyst”, stated Mr. Pradhananga. There were presentations on country status from each country representatives during which they shared the information, knowledge and best practices among South Asian countries on issues related to climate change adaptation with links to agriculture.
Followed by the Seminar, there was an interesting field trip to Kusadevi Village Development Committee (VDC) which was facilitated by Mr. Madhu Sudan Paudyal, Senior Plant Protection Officer at District Agriculture Development Office at Kavre. The participants were welcomed with the garlands and entertained by the local with traditional songs and dance. It was an great opportunity for the participants to learn about the best practices and technology of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) adopted by local farmers to promote sustainable agriculture in their community. Moreover, the organiz farming and orange orchid really cheered up the participants as well as the guest in the field.
The young scientists from South Asia came to a single platform and were divided into different groups to work out and develop proposals on the last two days of the event. This Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) came up with the best proposal after several reviews. PDTWs was designed to allow APN members to provide their knowledge on the APN proposal submission process; and for new members to learn about the APN annual Proposals Process so that they might go back to their respective countries and impart their knowledge.
The event was then concluded by honoring the participants and the organizers with Dhaka Topi and Sawl which was handed over by Mr. Keshav Bhattarai, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), Government of Nepal.
Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson, Executive Science Officer, APN Secretariat extended her deep appreciation to the organizing committee and the team from The Small Earth Nepal for their tremendous support. “
“I hope that our connections will be strengthened while we continually work together in promoting the APN and its activities to advance global change research and improve the scientific and technical capacities in South Asia and the Asia-Pacific as a whole”, stated Dr. Stevenson.