Green Discussion is a part of annual campaigns led by NYCA. The name itself clarifies the concept of 'Green Discussion', as a platform where youths from diverse backgrounds belonging to different institutions gather together at a place for discussion over certain specified topics. It mainly leads to discussions over the ongoing environment-related issues and climate change. A resource person will be invited to speak on the topic, who then puts forward his/her experiences and knowledge presenting the concept and clarify about the unsolved doubts of participants leading the discussion.
Date: January 17, 2014
Venue: Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu
The Bagmati River flows through the Kathmandu valley and separates Kathmandu from Lalitpur. It is considered a holy river by Hindus and Buddhists. A number of Hindu temples are located on its banks. But today we do not have anything to show the glory it was associated with in the past. Instead, looking at the sorry state of the rivers, it feels as if the ‘sacred’ waters are practically dying. The rivers are blackened and look like streams of human waste with plastic bags, bottles, cans, and helmets congregating upon the water surface. Obviously, we are the causing factors for the degradation of Bagmati River and we need to find out the appropriate solution within us.
This Friday join us to learn more about the Bagmati River and associated Projects.
Resource Person: Mr. Gajendra Thakur is the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and is currently posted as the Director-General of Bagmati Area Physical Infrastructure Development Project. He did his undergraduate from BITS Ranchi and his Master’s in Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Engineering from AIT, Bangkok. He has been serving the Government of Nepal continuously from 1984 AD.
Also, another engineer from the department Mr. Ram Kumar Shrestha will be joining us on Friday!
Date: February 20, 2014
As a part of the "Climate Discussion " Series, CEN on behalf of CCNN in going to organize a discussion on " Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives in Climate Change" at DECC Hall, United World Trade Center, Tripureshwor on February 20th, Thursday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
A brief outline of our discussion:
3.Climate Change and Gender: Issues of indigenous Women- Ms. Ganga Khasu Magar, General Secretary, Aadibasi Janajati Mahila Mahasang
Please contact - Krity Shrestha (9803378582) for more details!
Date: February 22, 2014
Climate change is happening, and the impacts are being visible in different forms of natural disasters and catastrophes, which are impacting the lives and livelihoods of the people and communities in rural areas. The central part of Asia is observing the significant changes in rainfall patterns and cyclone paths, which is causing unprecedented floods and affecting agriculture, aquaculture, and animal husbandry, which are the major livelihoods for the rural communities.
The frequency and intensity of climate-induced disasters are increasing an alarming rate around the world.
Mr. Adarsha Pokherel, (National Climate Change Specialist) will be presenting on the topic and interacting with us. Mr. Pokhrel has been working as a team leader of ADAPT Nepal and working in the climate change sector for a long time.
Presenter’s brief profile:
Mr. Adarsha Pokherel
National Climate Change Specialist
Date: March 7, 2014
Dendrochronology is the dating and study of the annual rings in trees. The word comes from these roots: (dendrons = using trees; more specifically, the growth rings of trees, Chronos = time; more specifically, events and processes in the past and Ology = the study of). The science takes advantage of the fact that trees are nature’s ultimate environmental monitoring station. In the context of climate change and its impact, dendrochronology has been a reliable scientific tool to reconstruct climatic history and develop prediction models. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year.
Dendrochronology was developed during the first half of the 20th century originally by the astronomer A. E. Douglass, the founder of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Douglass sought to better understand cycles of sunspot activity and reasoned that changes in solar activity would affect climate patterns on earth which would subsequently be recorded by tree-ring growth patterns (i.e., sunspots → climate → tree rings).
Studies about tree ring in Nepal was started by the foreign scholar by the end of 1970s, however, these studies are rather few. This science is very new to Nepal took momentum after the establishment of Dendro-Lab at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2009.
Mr. Narayan Prasad Gaire,(Ph.D. Researcher, NAST-TU Collaborative Program, Member: Tree-Ring Society of Nepal) will be presenting on the topic and interacting with us.
Date: August 1, 2014
The UNFCCC states that national responses to climate change should be guided by the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” between member countries based on their historical contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and their current socio-economic status. The principle involves a measure of compensation from developed nations to developing nations, most of which is delivered as donor aid or finance.
Bali action plan, Copenhagen accord, Cancun Agreement, and other international conferences had contributed well to this mechanism, as a result, different institutional mechanisms were established under UNFCCC, such as green climate fund, least developed countries fund, under which certain amount of money had already been disbursed. As a part of it, Nepal has already received lots of money for climate change adaptation.
Let’s discuss with Mr. Dipesh Chapagain about procedures and amount of aid that has been disbursed, the institutional mechanism to disburse this money, and monitoring the utilization and benefits for people and communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change in Nepal.
Mr. Dipesh Chapagain is currently working as a Program Officer at OXFAM. He is a founder
member of NYCA and also youth advisor of NYCA.