Biodiversity for disaster mitigation

After the recent earthquake, the Government of Nepal, together with the conservation consortium members, including ICIMOD, came up with the idea of building a community hall in Bhaktapur to mark International Biological Diversity Day on 22 May 2015. The Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation laid the foundation for the building at Sudal, Bhaktapur. The hall will be built using local biodiversity resources, such as bamboo and wood, in Mahamanjushree Municipality, Ward No. 7, Jhapro Tole, Bhaktapur. The idea is that the hall can be used as a temporary shelter for the local people now and for community meetings or events later. It can also be used to run classes for the school, which was damaged by the earthquake. This idea focuses on the need to conserve biological resources and use natural resources rationally in times of disaster for future disaster mitigation. ICIMOD has supported this project by contributing USD 1000.