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Landslide EVO kick off meeting, workshop and field visit (March 14-20, 2017)

Landslide EVO project kickoff meeting was held on March 14-15, 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kathmandu. Twenty project investigators and partners representing various national and intentional agencies such as Imperial College London, Geological Survey of Austria, Birmingham University, Geneva University, International Institute for applied Systems Analysis, Practical Action Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, SOHAM-Nepal, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Wageningen University, ESPA and Kathmandu Living Labs attended the meeting.  Dr. Jyotiraj Patra, Regional Evidence Advisor – South Asia, ESPA also joined in the meeting. On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Dr. Jagat Kumar Bhual, Chairperson, Dr. Janak Lal Nayava, Advisior and Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary took part in the meeting. 

The meeting brought project investigators and partners together for the first time to re-appraise the project objectives, exchange ideas on the use of existing research tools, discuss project coordination, and agree on short-term commitments. One main outcome of the meeting was to identify an immediate need for a common theoretical methodological framework across all four Work Packages. 

On March 16, the first project stakeholder workshop was also held followed the meeting with a great success. Twenty additional potential local stakeholders from various government and non-government agencies such as Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention, Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, DFID, Mission East, Save The Children, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Medair actively participated in the workshop. 

Selected project investigators and partners also visited upper Karnali Basin, western Nepal during March 17-20. The main objective of this trip was to understand natural and social processes governing landslide occurrence and also to identify potential landslide localities. The team identified three potential localities: two landslides close to Dadeldhura, and another farther north towards Chainpur on which a large settlement had been constructed. The visit also strengthened coordination between the central team, local partners and collaborators. 

Nepal National Water and Weather Week-2017 (March 17-23, 2017)

Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW)-2017 

SOHAM-Nepal celebrated World Water Day and World Meteorological Day 2017 under Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW)-2017. A national committee was formed  under the chairmanship of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Government of Nepal. This year also about two dozen stakeholders worked together in a single platform to mark the event a grand success. Some of the stakeholders involved were : Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal (National Hydrological and Meteorological Service); Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM)/ Department of Meteorology (DOM), Tri-chandra College, Tribhuvan University; Student Organization of Meteorology (SOM), Tri-chandra College etc. Some of the events that SOHAM involved directly is listed here. 

March 17

  • WALAKATHON programme was organized by Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal and  SOHAM-Nepal. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS).  also joined the programme. On the occasion, government employees including high level officials from WECS and DHM, SOHAM-Nepal members and Student’s Society of Meteorology (SOM), Tri-Chandra College actively participated in the programme. The WALKATHON was started from Maitighar Mandala at 7:15 AM and the mass entered Department of Irrigation, Jawalakhel at 8:00 AM.
  • Bicycle Rally was also organized simultaneously under Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW)-2017. The bicycle rally programme was held by The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) with support from Cycle city Network, Nepal. The route of bicycle cycle ralley was Pathan Durbar Square-Shankhamuk-UN Park Kupondole-Pulchowk- to Jawalakhel, DoI.
  • Formal Inauguration of Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW)-2016 was held at Auditorium Hall of Department of Irrigation (DoI), Lalitpur during 8-10 AM. Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) was the chairperson of the programme. Hon. Minister Janardan Sharma, Ministry of Energy was the chief guest of the porgramme. Secretaries, Director Generals, and other distinguished officials from various Government and non-governmental organization, Academician and students from Tribhuvan University attended the programme. Hon. Minister Janardan Sharma, Ministry of Energy also inaugurated Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW)-2016 by watering the plant. Mr. Ramanand Prasad Yadav, Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation, Er. Bhim Prasad Upadhyaya , Secretary, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, Mr. Tej Raj Bhatta, Director General, DWSS and Vice Chair of NNWWW 2017, Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and  Vice- Chair of NNWWW 2017, Dr. David James Molden, Director General, International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Mr. Madhav Belbase , Joint Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretriate (WECS) and Vice Chair, NNWWW 2017 also spoke on the occasion. 

March 20-21

  • Students’ Organization of Meteorology (SOM) with support from SOHAM Nepal and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology celebrated Meteorological Educational Ceremony-2017 at Tri-Chandra College, Ghantaghar on March 20 and 21. The programme was followed by the Inaugural session on the first day. The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM). Prof. Dr. Pradeep Bahadur Neupane, Campus Chief, Tri-chandra College, Mr. Narayan Gautam, Head of Department, Tri-chandra College, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, Secretary General of SOHAM Nepal and other distinguished personalities were also present during the occasion. The programme comprised series of talk programmes during two days periods (March 20 and March 21).

List of Talk Programmes

  1. Climate change and its effects on Glaciers by Mr. Amrit Thapa (ICIMOD)
  2. Cloud Burst by Ms. Archana Shrestha (DHM)                                                                 
  3. Remote Sensing by Dr. Hemu Kafle (KIAS)
  4. Walkers Circulation by Prof. Dr. Lochan Devkota (CDHM,TU)
  5. Tree Ring: A tool for climate change studies by Dr. Binod Dawadi (CDHM,  TU) 
  6. Western Disturbances by Mr. Barun Paudel (SOHAM)

March 22

  • Weather Forecasting Center visit Programme was arranged on March 23. Altogether 15 people (Tri-chandra College students and media person) benefited from the programme. The programme was organized at Weather Forecasting Division of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology located at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

March 23

  • Stakeholders Consultation on Hydro-meteorological Services in Nepal and closing ceremony of Nepal National Water and Weather Week -2017 was organized on March 23 at Hotel Yellow Pagoda, Kathmandu.  
  • On the first half,  Consultation on Hydro-meteorological Services in Nepal was held. The programme was chaired by Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM). Stakeholders and officials from various government and non-government sectors were present during the occasion. Four technical papers were also presented during the session.
  1. Understanding Clouds, Mr. Suman Raj Bhattarai, DHM
  2. Glimpse of CFGORRP Projects, Mr. Top Bahadur Khatri, NPM, CFGORRP/DHM
  3. Modernization of Hydro-meteorological system in DHM, Mr. Saraju Kumar Baidya, DDG/DHM
  4. Flood Early Warning System in Nepal, Mr. Binod Parajuli, DHM 
  • Closing ceremony of Nepal National Water and Weather Week was inaugurated by Honorable Minister, Mr. Jaya Dev Joshi, Ministry of Population and Environment. The programme was chaired by Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS). Stakeholders and officials from various government and non-government sectors were present during the occasion. Distinguished personalities also spoke on the occasion highlighting the importance of water and meteorology day.
  • Dr. Hari Man Shrestha, Mr. Kiran Shankar Yogacharya and Prof. Dr. Bidur Prasad Upadhaya was honored by the certificate of appreciation for remarkable contribution in the field of Hydrology, Meteorology and Water resources.
  • Ms. Parbati Gurung (Gauge Reader: Chisapani) and Mr. Bhadra Bahadur Thapa (Observer: Kusum) received Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma Disaster Information Award. The award comprises a certification of appreciation with cash amount of Rs. 10,000/- (Ten Thousand).

National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology-2016 (December 29, 2016)

National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology-2016 was organized by Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists (SOHAM-Nepal) with support from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal on December 29, 2016 in Kathmandu.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal. In the inauguration session, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Vice Chariperson, SOHAM-Nepal, delivered a warm welcome speech. On the occasion, Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and Mr. Ugen Manandhar, Deputy Country Representative, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal gave remarks highlighting the importance  and application of Hydrology and Meteorology. The programme was chaired by  Dr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal and also gave a closing remark for inaugural session.

The technical session was followed by inauguration session. The technical session was divided mainly into three groups: Meteorology, Hydrology, and Mountain EVO Research Programme sharing. At first, Prof. Dr. Narendra Man Shakya, Institute of Engineering, Department of Engineering, Tribhuvan University delivered a plenary lecture. There were altogether 10 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations. The technical session was chaired by Dr. Jagadishwor Karmacharya, Mr. Kiran Shankar Yogacharya and Dr. Janak Lal Nayava  for Meteorology, Hydrology, and Mountain EVO Research Programme sharing sessions respectively.

At the end, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary, SOHAM Nepal, gave vote of thanks and also closed the programme. The programme was conducted in the lecture hall of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu.

Stakeholders Workshop in Jomsom, Mustang (Nov 13, 2016)

A Stakeholders Workshop on Mountain EVO research prgramme was conducted at District Development Committee, Mustang, Jomsom on November 13, 2016.  Various representatives from government and non-governmental sectors actively participated in the prgramme. The programme was chaired by Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson. On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary, Mr. Barun Paudel, Secretary, Mr. Santosh Regmi, Researcher, Ms. Praju Gurung, Researcher and Dr. Timos karpouzoglou, Research Fellow,Wageningen University were present during the occasion.

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The main purpose of the workshop is to highlight key finding of the three year’s Mountain Environmental Virtual Observatories (EVO) research programme implemented by SOHAM-Nepal with support from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), District Development Committee (DDC), Mustang, International Hydrological Programme-Nepal (IHP-Nepal) and lead by Imperial College, UK. During the occasion, Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Mr. Santosh Regmi and Ms. Praju Gurung briefly shared technical finding. Mr. Barun Paudel expressed his opinion on the application of hydrometeorological data for societal benefit. Participants raised several issues addressing water management, pasture land availability, agriculture practice, climate change etc. and their direct impact on the livelihood of the people. At the end, on behalf of DDC, Mustang, Mr. Jeevan Gyanwali expressed vote of thanks. He acknowledged SOHAM-Nepal for conducting three year’s Mountain EVO research programme very successfully and also assured to implement those outcomes as received from Mountain EVO research programme in the government policy and plan on behalf of DDC Mustang.

Community participatory Workshop in Dhakarjhong/Phalyak, Kagbeni VDC, Mustang ( Nov 12, 2016)

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A Community participatory Workshop was conducted with Dhakarjhong and Phalyak community of Kagbeni Village development Committee, Mustang on November 12, 2016. Number of people including Mukhiyas, members of youth club, women group and school teachers were actively participated in the programme. The programme was chaired by Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson. On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary, Mr. Barun Paudel, Secretary, Mr. Santosh Regmi, Researcher, Ms. Praju Gurung, Researcher and Dr. Timos karpouzoglou, Research Fellow,Wageningen University were present during the occasion.

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On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal and Mr. Santosh Regmi shared the finding of three year’s Mountain Environmental Virtual Observatories (Mountain EVO) Research programme, implemented by SOHAM-Nepal with support from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), District Development Committee (DDC), Mustang, International Hydrological Programme-Nepal (IHP-Nepal) and lead by Imperial College, London, UK. During the workshop, some useful scientific tools were handover to the community as a part of knowledge transfer activities. These tools along with findings are very useful to the community for water and land use management for agriculture and other purposes. During the occasion, SOHAM-Nepal team visited stream gauging site at Lumbhuk Khola and rainfall station at Phalyak village and handover the installed equipment to Dhakarjhong and Phalyak community. Similarly another equipment installed at Tangbe khola also handover to the Tangbe community.

A discussion Program on Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science (Oct 3, 2016)

A discussion Program on ”Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science” was organized by Community Based Rainfall Measurement-Nepal (CORAM-Nepal) with support from University of Wyoming USA; Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal (GoN); Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists-Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal); UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO IHP-Nepal); Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University; Institute for Social and Environment Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal); Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) and RECHAM Consult (Pvt.) Ltd. in Kathmandu.

Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, DHM is the chief guest of the programme. The programme was chaired Mr. Kiran Sankar Yogacharya, Former Director General, DHM and Former Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal. The programme began with warm welcome speech by Dr. Basant Giri, KIAS. Mr. Suresh Marahatta, RECHAM delivered a technical presentation on “Installation of Raingauge; Data Collection and Analysis”. Similarly, Mr. Ajaya Dixit, ISET Nepal also spoke on the various aspect of “Community Based Science and Research”. Three students and two teachers from high schools involved in the daily rainfall measurement programme also shared their experience.

During panel discussion session, Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, DHM; Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal; Prof. Peter Stahl, University of Wyoming and Prof. Stefan Becker, Lehman College, CUNY, New York, highlighted various issues on rainfall measurement and its application. At the end, Mr. Kiran Sankar Yogacharya gave concluding remark. On the occasion high school students and teachers, representative from various government and non-governmental institutions also took part in the programme.

VARSHA Hydrology and Meteorology Bulletin released (September 16, 2016)

SOHAM-Nepal announced the publication of the first issue of VARSHA Hydrology and Meteorology Bulletin during 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held on Bhadra 31, 2073 (September 16, 2016) in Kathmandu. On the occasion, Mr. Kiran Sankar Yogacharya, life member, former Chairperson of SOHAM-Nepal and former Director General of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal, released VARSHA Hydrology and Meteorology Bulletin. This yearly bulletin comprised 13 articles both in English and Nepali.

Establishement of reward fund (September 16, 2016)

A reward fund has been established by SOHAM-Nepal. This was announced during 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of SOHAM-Nepal, which was held on Bhadra 31, 2073 (September 16, 2016) in Kathmandu. Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, life member of SOHAM-Nepal and Director General of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) was the first contributor in the reward fund by providing cash amount Rs. 1,00,000/- (One Lakh).

Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma was honored by a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to to establish a fund. The amount will be deposited in a separate bank account and the yearly interest received from the fund will be used to recognize those dedicated in the early warning information dissemination in Nepal as per Dr. Sharma’s wishes.

15th Annual General Meeting (September 16, 2016)

15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of SOHAM-Nepal was held on Bhadra 31, 2073 (September 16, 2016), Friday at Indreni Banquet, New Baneshwar, Kathmandu.

At first, a minute of silence was observed to mourn the loss of late SOHAM life members Purna Bahadur Shrestha and Sudeep Prasad Kayastha.

On the occasion, Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayasta, Vice-Chairperson, delivered a warm welcome speech. Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary presented annual progress report for the fiscal year 2072/73 and proposed programme for 2073/2074.  Similarly, Mr. Rameshwar Rimal also presented financial report 2072/2073. Meeting decided to form a five member land acquisition committee comprising Mr. Jaga Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, Secretary General, Dr. Janak Lal Nayava, Adviser and Chief, project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, Dr. Kiran Shankar Yogacharya and Mr. Ghana Shyam Gautam, life member. Mr. Suresh Marahatta, Coordinator, Regulation Revised Committee presented proposed regulation. Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Chief Editor, Journal of Hydrology and Meteorology, Mr. Mani Ratna Shakya, Chief Editor, VARSHA Hydrology and Meteorology Bulletin, and Dr. Janak Lal Nayava, Chief, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, briefly highlighted respective committee activities. At the end, Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal gave closing remarks. A dinner programme was also arranged following the AGM. The programme was conduced by Mr. Barun Paudel, Secretary.