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Workshop on World Meteorological Day and World Water Day 2013

The banner of the workshop

The banner of the workshop

Reported by: Ashmita Rawal

On 22nd March 2013, Western Regional Climate Office, Pokhara celebrated 63rd World Meteorological Day and World Water Day-2013 along with the support of LI-BIRD by conducting a workshop with the slogan of ‘ Watching the weather to protect life and property’. The summary provides an analysis of temperature and precipitation trends across the various regions of the country along with the data on hazardous weather, drought, the impacts of weather, climate change adaptations and disaster reduction activities in Nepal. The program was held in the Dam side park, Pokhara at western regional climate office. The program incorporated about 50 participants from a diverse field including journalists, regional level
government officials, professors, technical students, women groups, Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network.
The guest of the workshop

The guest of the workshop

Formally, the program started with the National anthem which was followed by the welcome speech of Mr. Sudip Prasad Kayastha, Head of the Climate office. The program was then briefed by Mr. Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, deputy director general, dept of water and climate science. He gave a brief history about the World Meteorological day and World Water day. Afterwards prize was distributed by the Chief guest, Mr. Suman Pd. Sharma, Regional administrator, dept.of water and climate science and the Chairperson, Mr.Rishiram Sharma, Director General, dept of water and climate science, to the top three winners of the art and drawing competitions about climate change which was held on 21st March 2013.The program continued with the speech of the Chairperson of Community Support group. The program was forwarded by the speech of Chairperson Dr. Rishiram Sharma. According to him, “we cannot resist the weather consequences but we need to adopt it”. He also focused on the theme of the day by encouraging us to watch the weather in order to adopt it.

The participants in the workshop

The participants in the workshop

After the lunch, the program was forwarded by the presentation of Mr. Rajendra Pd.Shrestha on ‘Winter Rain and Fog: 2012-2013’. He presented the statistical view regarding the recent data on precipitation and changes that occurred in these years. He also gave information about the climate services in Nepal. The next presentation was given by Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, Senior Division Manager, dept of water and climate science on the ‘Weather Observation and Forecasting’. He gave brief information about conventional system approach and the numerical weather prediction techniques of weather forecasting. Moving onwards, the meteorologist Mr. Ram Chndra Karki briefed about the meteorological instrument and data base system in DHM’. Technically his presentation was focused on satellite management. The program was forwarded by the presentation of Dr. Krishna Raj Tiwari, Prof. Institute of Forestry. He gave a brief overview on SALT ‘Sloping Agriculture land Technology’. He also focused on climate change adaptation and disaster reduction program in Nepal. The session ended with the presentation of Dr. Janak Lal Nayava on ‘Population, Agriculture and Climate’. He focused on the relationship between people, agriculture and climate. The ultimate adaptation to the climate change is the proper utilization of the water was the theme of his presentation.

Hence, the program ended with the feedback and discussion about the program. The Chairperson congratulated the winners of the art and drawing competitions and thanked all the people working spontaneously in the field of water and climate. He said, “The real challenge of 21st century is to mitigate the disastrous effect of climate change. For the developing county like Nepal watching the weather is the best way to adopt climate change and ultimately for the sustainable development.”
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