22–23 March: ICIMOD Celebrates World Water Day and World Meteorological Day

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ICIMOD and its national partners in Bhutan and Nepal celebrated World Water Day and World Meteorological Day on 22 and 23 March 2012. The theme for World Water Day was ‘Water and Food Security’ and for World Meteorological Day ‘Powering our Future with Weather, Climate and Water’. 

In Nepal, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology in collaboration with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LIBIRD) and the Pokhara Municipality organized painting and speech competitions among ten schools in Pokhara with the theme ‘Water and Weather for Healthy Well-Being’. Two interaction programmes were also organized. Mandira Shrestha and Vijay Khadgi of ICIMOD delivered welcome remarks and presented the work done by ICIMOD and the HKH-HYCOS project in sharing real-time flood information in the HKH region to minimize the adverse impacts of floods. The events were attended by students from the ten schools and their teachers, and also by representatives of local government bodies, media, NGOs, INGOs, and donor organizations. 

In Bhutan, the Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS) organized dances and skits by five schools, and exhibitions and paintings by another five schools to mark World Water Day. The DHMS also made a presentation on HKH-HYCOS and displayed hydro-meteorological instruments on World Water Day to an audience that included close to 1,000 students and 100 teachers, along with representatives from the government, donor organizations, NGOs, INGOs, and local bodies.

Issued on this occasion was a message from ICIMOD’s Director General, Dr David Molden, and a newspaper article entitled ‘Battle against time

ICIMOD and its national partners reached out to a wide audience through these celebrations and contributed to raising awareness on the importance of flood information systems, sharing data, and disaster preparedness, especially among schoolchildren.