5 - 7 June: Students Conservation Science Conference and Exhibition

ICIMOD and other conservation consortium partners supported the first-of-its-kind ‘Students Conservation Conference and Exhibition’ held in Nepal. The conference, organised by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), provided a platform for students and recent graduates from universities in Nepal to share their research and create scientific networks among them. It also provided an opportunity for 12 students to present their distinguished research to the conference participants. The panel of judges meticulously selected these 12 research papers from among 65 entries.  The remaining entries were presented as posters. Research papers revolved around five themes: climate change; urban environment; natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services; sustainable tourism; and energy. Thematic keynotes from eminent Nepalese scholars added further value. At the closing ceremony, the Chairman of the Constitution Assembly, Rt Honourable Subas Chandra Nembang, gave awards to the three best research papers and posters. The Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Honourable Jhalanath Khanal, was present at the opening session. The Prime Minister, while visiting the 20 exhibition stalls at the conference, keenly observed the forest photographs and shitake mushroom value chain poster displayed at the ICIMOD stall.