12 March: ICIMOD observes third Open House day


Against the backdrop of celebrating the UN International Year of Forests 2011, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organised its third annual Open House Day at its premises in Khumaltar on Saturday, 12 March 2011. The Centre opened its doors to welcome its partners, the development community, the private sector, and the public at large to an exciting knowledge-rich and fun-filled event which attracted more than 2,500 visitors.

An array of activities such as programme guided tours, a photo exhibition, technology demonstrations, documentary shows, a street drama, a mountain quiz, stalls showcasing knowledge and products, and games and food stalls created a festival-like ambience at the open house. The photo exhibition drew attention to human activities threatening the sustenance of forest cover, depicted various goods and services, proposed sustainable forest management options, and finally identified institutional and governance mechanisms to ensure sustainable management.

Over forty stalls by partners showcased knowledge/information and good practices, different environmentally friendly and organic products, mountain resources-based products and services, demonstration of simple technologies such as solar powered devices, and school herbal garden initiative among others, which provided visitors with an educational, attractive, and relevant show.

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