Highlights of ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari in 2012

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In 2012, the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari introduced a number of new activities and green technologies to assist mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in adapting to change. New solar technologies being showcased include solar driers, solar panel for water lifting, solar boiler, solar tuki lamps, and a solar sensor light. The Knowledge Park also introduced new improved cooking stoves and has developed a site for demonstrating multiple use water systems. A carbon monitoring plot was also established to share REDD+ monitoring techniques, and a flood early warning system was installed to raise awareness and demonstrate this life-saving technology. A Mountain Product Shop for selling the goods from the Park was constructed and the training centre was renovated. In addition to on-site demonstrations and trainings, the Knowledge Park also provided different species of medicinal and aromatic plants to Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) for herbal garden promotion in schools in the Kathmandu Valley.

Source: Visitors registration and visitors book of ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari-2012.

Source: Visitors registration and visitors book of ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari-2012.

In total, 165 field visits were organized at the Park with 5,281 visitors, including 810 policy makers/development workers, 643 farmers, and 3,818 students. The Knowledge Park also hosted the ICIMOD Green Solutions Fair on 8 December 2012 where more than 4,000 visitors were able to learn about green technologies and good practices. In addition to demonstrating and testing green technologies, the Knowledge Park was used to conduct trainings, workshops, and meetings, hosting 10 events in total that benefitted 243 participants.