GEG Consultations in Nepal, 9 September 2010
A National Consultation Meeting on Global Environmental Governance took place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 9 September. Around 60 civil society representatives and 100 students, media, faculty and researchers participated in the event which was hosted by the Department of Social Work at the Kadambari Memorial College, Purbanchal University Affiliate, and sponsored by the GEG Project.
The consultation meeting was convened in light of the need for Nepal to take on a holistic approach in the work with environmental issues. As a landlocked mountainous country, Nepal is vulnerable to climate change and already experiencing its effects. Nepal is also rich in biodiversity, but many species are threatened and the forest coverage is rapidly declining and depleted due to overexploitation. The participants recognized that Nepal’s local environmental problems must be addressed while increasing the understanding of regional and global complexities.
The event started with a plenary address by Mr. Anil Chitrakar, Ashoka Fellow, Mr. Bimal Regmi from DFID, Dr. Pradhan from FMIS Trust and Mr. Binod from Ministry of Environment. Three parallell workshops aimed at building the capacity of major environmental stakeholders in Nepal to support good governance by reinforcing and improving the existing environmental legislation. The consultation meeting also collected input from the Nepali civil society to the ongoing UNEP process for International Environmental Governance Reform.
According to lead event organizer Bala Raju Nikku, Head of the Nepal School of Social Work, the consultation meeting was a great success both in terms of numbers and quality of discussion. Bala Raju Nikku took the opportunity to share with participants some insights gained from the GEG Forum in Glion which he attended in 2009 as one of thirteen selected Emerging Leaders. One of his personal committments was to form and facilitate a national network of young environmental leaders in Nepal and encourage broader thinking that leads to social change through innovation.
Many of the young participants in the consultation meeting expressed motivation to stay involved in the Global Environmental Governance debate. The next steps will be to design and implement a training course on Global Environmental Governance for Bachelor level students, continue the work nationally and also link up with other international networks to work together on issues of leadership and environmental concern.
Information about the event from the organizers in Nepal: