5 June 2011: Street drama 'Gauma Baadi Pasyo'


As a part of the World Environment Day 2011 celebrations, ICIMOD supported a 25 minute street drama entitled ‘Gauma Baadi Pasyo’ (Flooding in my village) staged by the Jagriti Samaj Nepal on 5 June. The play was performed for the public in Ratna Park at 3:30 pm and in Basantapur Durbar Square at 4:30 pm. The play dramatised the consequences of deforestation, such as floods and landslides, on the lives and livelihoods of people in rural communities.

The play underscored the importance of forest protection and conservation. It showed how rural people are taking responsibility for managing their ecosystems. The play revolved around a character who fells trees against the interests of the community. When floods and landslides sweep away his property, he realises his mistake and makes amends. 

The moral of the play is that as long as a single member works against his or her community’s interests, it is difficult to achieve the desired collective outcome and the whole community pays the price. If all community members work together as one in forest protection and conservation, they can reduce or avert water-induced disaster risks such as floods and landslides. See also http://www.icimod.org/?q=3720.