Successful retreat for Atmosphere Initiative


ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative organized a successful four-day planning and partnership retreat from 31 January to 5 February 2014 in Pokhara, Nepal. 

Dr Arnico Panday explains to the team about the Ichhyakamana Climate Observatory to be established soon

Photo: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

The retreat, which also included an excursion, brought together ICIMOD team members as well as representatives of current and future partners of the Initiative. They included Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal; Department of Environment, Nepal; National Environment Commission, Bhutan; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), Norway; Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden and UK; Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal; Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal; Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany; and Yale University, USA. 

Groups discuss and finalize details of the work plan 

Photo: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

The first day of the retreat, held at ICIMOD headquarters, introduced partners to ICIMOD, its vision, mission, regional programmes and thematic areas, finance and administration, and monitoring and evaluation system. The participants were also briefed about the Atmosphere Initiative and the agenda for the retreat.

The team left for Pokhara on the second day making a side visit to Ichhyakamana in northern Chitwan district to see the Ichhyakamana Climate Observatory to be established by ICIMOD and Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal.

Visit to Ichhyakamana in northern Chitwan district

Photo: Arnico Panday/ICIMOD

In the next two days, the participants drew up and finalized a detailed work plan for the period 2013 to 2017. The priorities were discussed in groups as well as one-on-one interactions. The work plan presentations and discussions were completed by 3 February 2014. Despite the hectic schedule, the participants found time for personal interactions that created a strong sense of camaraderie likely to have a very positive impact on the work output.

The retreat concluded at ICIMOD headquarters with presentations of the work plan followed by discussions and feedback. These sessions were chaired by ICIMOD’s Director Programme Operations Dr Eklabya Sharma.