ICIMOD celebrates World Environment Day 2013

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A series of events were organized by ICIMOD at its headquarters in Nepal and at its office in Pakistan on the occasion of World Environment Day 2013

Celebration at ICIMOD Headquarters, Nepal

Dialogue Forum on ‘Food Security and Poverty in Marginal Mountain Regions in the Himalaya: Globalization and Local Conditions’


ICIMOD organized a Dialogue Forum on ‘Food Security and Poverty in Marginal Mountain Regions in the Himalaya: Globalization and Local Conditions’ at ICIMOD’s headquarters on 5 June to mark World Environment Day.

During the Dialogue Forum, guest speaker Dr Jagannath Adhikari, Visiting Professor from Australia National University, presented on different aspects of food-related problems in Nepal with a special focus on the Karnali region of Western Nepal. In his presentation he highlighted several local food varieties available across Nepal’s mountainous areas which are either not well researched or are not adequately used. If utilized, these local food varieties could meet the local need of a balanced diet at cheaper prices than those found in the national and international market. By introducing better processing techniques and offering subsidies to cultivate and use local varieties rather than importing huge amount of food, he claimed that many issues in the region could be addressed.

 

Dr Adhikari’s presentation was primarily concerned with why food insecurity and poverty still persist. He illustrated the strong connection people living in remote rural areas have to their surrounding ecosystems and their vulnerability to food security. Dr Adhikari cited numerous examples that demonstrated food insecurity and issues of malnutrition, which have not been adequately dealt with in remote regions like Karnali, the mid-western and eastern mountains of Nepal, and among indigenous communities.

ICIMOD Digital Photo Contest on “Water and Life”

After the Dialogue Forum, Director General, Dr David Molden unveiled the winning photos of ICIMOD’s Digital Photo Contest on ’Water and Life’. Read more and view the winning photos at www.icimod.org/?q=10796.

ICIMOD Staff Tree Adoption

As the global population is projected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2040, and the demand for timber products and food continues to rise, more and more trees are being cut and forests denuded, releasing massive amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. As conspicuous consumption escalates with a growing population, how do we address deforestation and still feed the world population?

On the occasion of World Enviroment Day, ICIMOD’s Staff Club encouraged ICIMOD staff to get involved – not just by promoting responsible consumption and reducing wastage of food along the lines of this year’s theme, but also by helping to replace the growing number of trees chopped down to meet our food consumption needs. By reducing food wastage we hopefully contribute to prevention of deforestation and carbon emission and by planting trees we create more carbon sinks and protect our Environment! 

Under the Staff Club initiative, ICMOD staff members were encouraged to purchase a sapling and plant it, protect it, and watch it grow in the Kathmandu Valley. Sprawling urban expansion has led the once lush Kathmandu Valley to lose much of its forest cover, which has reportedly decreased from 33 per cent in 1999 to around 10 per cent today. With the help of the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari, the ICIMOD Staff Club made 150 saplings available for sale. All proceeds from the sale of the saplings were provided to ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari. 

Street Drama 

On World Environment Day, ICIMOD together with the Madapika Art Group staged a play around the day’s theme of ‘Think.Eat.Save.' for school children, members of the ICIMOD network, and the general public at the Nepal Academy Hall, ICIMOD headquarters and at Basantapur, a central community gathering area in Kathmandu. The street drama, entitled ‘Bhanchha Ghar’, highlighted different issues related to food waste in the process of production and consumption as well as distribution. The drama presented how food is wasted at hotels, houses, and party palaces and in making alcoholic products, and how such food, if used and distributed wisely, could feed thousands of street children and other hungry people and help address food insecurity.


Celebration at ICIMOD-Pakistan

The ICIMOD Pakistan Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Pakistan), and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated World Environment Day with a series of events at the National Agriculture Research Centre in Islamabad. Activities included an exhibition, students’ tableau, environmental quiz and a competition to come up with innovative ways to minimize food wastage.


Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, was the Chief Guest at the World Environment Day ceremony. Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, Chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director of UNESCO, Dr Ghulam Akbar, Senior Director of Operations of WWF-Pakistan, Dr Pervaiz Amir, Chairman of the Pakistan Water Partnership, and Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra, Pakistan Country Representative of ICIMOD address the ceremony on the occasion. The event was attended by about 400, including school children, students, teachers and scientists. 

Students expressed their views on the day’s theme – Think. Eat. Save. Reduce food waste.– in the form of play.

Participants participated in an environmental quiz.

A competition was organized on minimizing food waste among students of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Agriculture. Certificates and gifts were distributed to the winners. 

National and international organizations displayed their work during an exhibition to raise awareness among visitors.