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Online, MS Teams
24 August 2021
Organized by: Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES) – Tribhuvan University and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
In recent decades, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) has been affected by rising emissions of air pollutants raising concerns about deteriorating air quality, impacts on health and visibility, changes in atmospheric heating and cooling, and changes in cloud microphysics and the strength and timing of the monsoon. The Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES), TU and our Atmospheric Watch Initiative (AWI) have been working together to address the issue of open agricultural burning – a major source of seasonal air pollution – focusing on the causes, effects, and possible mitigation measures in Nepal.
The main objective of the seminar is to bring together various stakeholders – Department of Environment, Department of Agriculture/Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry, Nepal Agricultural Federation, representatives from pellet industries, farmers, and academia to discuss the current scenario of open agricultural burning in Nepal and potential mitigation solutions, such as the use of residue as a potential alternative fuel source. The seminar is expected to lead to future strategic collaborations to address the issue.
24 August 2021 | 11:00-13:00 (NPT)
Opening session (Facilitator: Enna Mool, Faculty Member, CDES)
Sagar Adhikari, Water and Air, ICIMOD
Rejina Maskey, Professor and Head, CDES and Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Siva Praveen Puppala, Water and Air, ICIMOD
Remarks by the chief guest
Pem Narayan Kandel, Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal
Presentations (Facilitator: Sagar Adhikari, Water and Air, ICIMOD)
Current scenario of open agricultural residue burning practice in Nepal
Bhupendra Das, PhD Scholar, CDES
Alternative solutions/ Potential mitigation options
Sugat Bajracharya, Livelihoods, ICIMOD
Session chair/co-chair: Rejina Maskey Byanju, CDES and Bhupesh Adhikary, Water and Air, ICIMOD
Nahendra Khadka, Coordinator, National Peasant Coalition
Saraswati Subba, Chairperson, National Land Right Forum
Kanhaiya Bhagat, Entrepreneur, Universal Briquette and Pellet Industry
Surendra Gorkhali, Entrepreneur, Mhepi Briquette Industries
Academic perspectives – TBC
Urban municipality perspectives – TBC
Hari Bahadur KC, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
Indu Bikram Joshi, Deputy Director General, Department of Environment
Chandika Bhatta, Senior Divisional Engineer, Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Supplies
QA and open discussion on panel sessions, conclusion by session chairs
Vote of thanks and closing remarks
Iqbal Mead, Atmosphere, ICIMOD