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Mountain issues discussed at international conference on mountains in the changing world
Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) organized an international conference on mountains in the changing world (MoChWo) from 1-2 October, this year. The very first conference of its kind was focused on the theme “living through disasters: mitigation, adaptation and resilience” and was held at the Grand Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
More than 150 scientists, researchers, professors, students and policy makers attended the conference. Participants were from Nepal, India, China, South Korea, France, Germany, Portugal, United States of America, Canada and the Netherland. The opening ceremony of the conference, on the first day, included a welcome speech by the convener of the conference, Dr. Basant Giri, and two keynote talks. Professor Stefan Becker from Lehman College, CUNY, New York, USA delivered the first keynote talk. In his presentation, Dr. Becker highlighted important issues on the impact of climate change on mountainous environment. Professor emeritus Monique Fort from University Paris Diderot, France presented her research on managing disasters in mountain countries. Dr. Fort compared disaster management practices from two different angles – one from France and other from Nepal. The inauguration session was followed by a plenary session, 12 technical parallel sessions run and a poster session later on. Paper presenters and participants exchanged their research experience and findings. Cross cutting issues regarding mountains such as disaster risk reduction, climate change, biodiversity conservation, environmental pollution, forest management, agro-economy, sustainable development were discussed with oral and poster presentations throughout the sessions.
The MoChWo conference was concluded with award distribution and appreciation to various individuals and organizations involved in making the event successful. Best student oral presentation was awarded to Mr. Kaushal Raj Gyawali and best student poster presentation was awarded to Ms. Mohana Matangulu, both from Khwapa College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Pokhara University, Nepal, Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal and Local Initiative for Biodiversity, Research and Development, Nepal were the co-organizers of the 2016 MoChWo conference. In addition, the conference was made possible in partnership with the Hario Ban Program Consortium, Nepal, Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Youth Alliance for Environment, Nepal, Community-based Rainfall Measurement-Nepal, Golden Gate International College, Nepal, Conservation Science journal. This event was sponsored by the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, USA, California State University-Fresno, USA and the peer reviewed journals Environments and Sustainability.
By Yogesh Rana