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National media workshop on cryosphere changes and its resultant impacts on ecosystems and community livelihood


ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu

Date & Time

30 November 2022

About the Workshop

The one-day national media workshop hosted by ICIMOD in collaboration with UNESCO and Nepal Forum of Science Journalists (NFSJ) will serve as a deliberative platform to discuss the nexus between climate change, cryosphere, and local communities.

The specific objectives of the workshop include:

  • Provide a common platform for researchers, climate experts, and journalists to share mutual experiences and understandings of the workshop theme
  • Provide fresh insights for workshop participants on the emerging trends in the Earth’s cryosphere systems and their resultant effects on the mountain communities

The workshop will involve profound interactions and critical discussions among researchers and media persons. The focus will be on individual sharing and reflections around the overarching theme of the conference. Group discussions will also be an integral part of the workshop.


NFSJ participation in the workshop

The workshop will ensure the participation of science and environment journalists – at least one from each province in Nepal. The participating journalists will share their experiences of reporting on issues of climate change and community livelihood, including the challenges they face.

The workshop will include thematic sessions on climate change, mountain glaciers, and Himalayan ecology led by a panel of climate scientists and researchers, and the experiences of climate reporting in mainstream media by science journalists.


Expected outcomes

  • A nuanced understanding of pertinent climate change issues related to cryosphere changes and their effects on livelihood
  • Publication of blogs and media articles based on participation in the workshop



Time Programme
Opening session

Moderated by Nepal Forum of Science Journalists (NFSJ)

8:30-9:00 Registration of participants
9:00-9:05 Welcome and highlights of the workshop – Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services Specialist, ICIMOD
9:05-9:10 Remarks – Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
9:10-9:20 Remarks – Michael Croft, Country Representative, UNESCO.
9:20-9:30 Remarks – Rajan Pokhrel, President, Nepal Forum of Science Journalists (NFSJ)
9:30-9:40 Remarks – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
9:40-10:00 Group photo and tea/coffee
10:00-10:10 Cryosphere change and its diverse impacts – Sudip Thakuri, Dean, Mid-Western University
10:10-10:30 Expectations from the workshop by selected participants (With activity)
10:30-11:30 Session 1: Climate change: The linkages of cryosphere and mountain livelihood systems

Presentations by ICIMOD researchers and Q&A

10:30-10:40 Science perspective: The research process and communicating with non-scientific audiences – Miriam Jackson, Programme Coordinator, Cryosphere Initiative, ICIMOD
10:40-10:50 Impacts of changing cryosphere on water resources, and adaptation options – Sanjeev Bhuchar, Senior Watershed Management Specialist, ICIMOD
10:50-11:00 The effects of changing cryosphere on biodiversity and ecosystem services and response options – Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services Specialist, ICIMOD
11:00-11:10 Living with changing cryosphere in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region – Amina Maharjan, Senior Livelihoods Specialist, ICIMOD
11:10-11:30 Q& A session


Session 2: Climate and environment reporting from the ground (and Q&A)

Moderator: Ramesh Bhusal, Nepal Editor, The Third Pole

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Session 3: Discussion: Climate issues in different provinces, and linkages to livelihood

Moderator: Sijal Pokhrel, Natural Science Officer, UNESCO, and Chhatra Karki, Science Journalist, GAVI

Reporting experience sharing by participants

Facilitated by UNESCO and NFSJ

14:30-14:45 Tea break
14:45-15:30 Session 4: Climate change: Initiatives of Nepal government from COP to the community level

Srijana Shrestha, Under Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Environment (MOFE), President Chure-Terai Madhesh Conservation Development Board, Lalitpur.

14:45-15:00 Radha Wagle, Director General, Department of Plant Resources, Government of Nepal.
15:00-15:15 Reflections on the workshop by participants
15:15-15:45 Certificate distribution to the participants by Rajan Pokhrel (NSFJ), Miriam Jackson (ICIMOD), and Nirjana Sharma (UNESCO)
15:45-16:00 Vote of thanks and the workshop concludes

Miriam Jackson, ICIMOD

Prakriti Gurung, UNESCO