Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: An advocacy workshop on “empowering women to adapt climate change effects for sustainable growth” was held in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal on Friday 21 September 2018. The workshop was orgnanised as a part of the on-going project of BASUG in collaboration with its local partner, SOLVE Nepal and with the support of the German International Development Cooperation GIZ and CIM.
The Member of National Planning Commission (Climate Change and Environment) of Nepal, Dr Krishna Prasad Oli inaugurated the workshop as chief guest, while Chairperson of SOLVE Nepal Narayan Joshi was in the chair. BASUG Chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua addressed the session as special guest. Member of SOLVE Nepal Sohan Shrestha moderated the inauguration session. Among others, Chairperson of Bagmati Rural Municipality Bir Bahadur Lapchan, Chairperson of Mahankal Rural Municipality Ram Chandra Dahal, Climate Change Specialist Engila Mishra Maharjan, Vice Chairperson of Mahankal Rural Municipality Kamala Tanange and Vice Chairperson of Bagmati Rural Municipality Ranjana Ghimere addressed the workshop.
The Chief Guest Dr Oli in his speech said, prime need of today is to promote human wellbeing and reduce the impact of climate change in the lives of the rural population especially, the vulnerable section of our society. He also made his commitment to incorporate this issue in the upcoming 15th periodic plan and long term vision of the government. BASUG chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua in his speech as special guest said, migrants are contributing not only to their home countries, but equally contributing to the receiving countries. They are contributing to the economy at both ends-sending and receiving. He said, in the developed countries there is now an anti-migration wind blowing, which needs to be tackled and that can only be done by showcasing the best practices of the migration.
Executive Director of SOLVE Nepal, Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan presented welcome address in the workshop. Among others, Country Coordinator of CIM in Nepal Pasma Dahal, Country Coordinator of BASUG UK Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Project Coordinator of BASUG Germany AHM Abdul Hai, Consultant of SOLVE Nepal Sudil Gopal Acharya and Nimesh Regmi addressed the workshop among others. Moderated by Dean of IOF Dr Krishna Tiwari, a paper on Climate Change and its Impact in Nepal was presented by Dr Netra Prasad Timsina of South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE). In the technical session another paper on Gender Perspectives of Climate Change was presented by Climate Expert Basna Sapkota.
A mapping report was presented in the workshop and a documentary film made by SOLVE-Nepal under the project on the climate change issues was also screened. The workshop was inaugurated by watering a plant by the chief guest Dr Oli.
The objective of the workshop was to create awareness among the unprivileged women, youth groups, policy makers, climate activists and local development activists on the issue of adaptation to the climate change hazards for the sustainable growth and food security in Nepal. The project also aimed at promoting diaspora initiatives for the community development in the country of origin. Moreover, two training courses for the unprivileged women and youth groups will be organised in Lalitpur and Kathmandu in Nepal and another advocacy workshop will be organized in Berlin, Germany in 2019.