National Young Academy of Nepal (NaYAN) and St. Xavier’s College have jointly organized the “Climate Change Policy making in Nepal” workshop on 16th of April 2023 (11:00 am – 4:30 pm NST) at Loyola Campus of St. Xavier’s College, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal. This workshop was funded by INGSA-Asia’s Grassroots Awards seed grant. An open call for participation was announced for early career professionals, researchers, and a total of 85 applications were received. There were a total of 32 participants who attended face-to-face and the rest were considered for online participants. The workshop was attended by an equal number of male and female participants.
The workshop involved three presentations by experts on climate change and policy making process in Nepal. The three presentations were focused on Climate science by Dr. Indira Kandel, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Climate change policy making process in Nepal by Dr. Pem Kandel, Ex-secretary of Government of Nepal, and International practices of policy making by Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha, Director, Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. The three presentations provided valuable insights and perspectives on the climate change policy making process and were helpful to sensitize early career researchers and professionals.
The attendance of Dr. Meghnath Dhimal, Steering Committee on INGSA-ASIA, provided additional expertise and perspectives on INGSA activities and other climate change issues in Nepal. The presentation session was followed by the group work presentation, where all participants were divided into five groups and each group presented about existing different climate change policies in Nepal. NaYAN co-chair, Dr. Nirina Khadgi moderated the workshop.
Overall, the workshop appears to have been a successful and informative event, and the involvement of NaYAN, St. Xavier’s College, and INGSA-Asia highlights the importance of collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to climate change policy making.