Third International Conference on “Mountain Hydrology and Meteorology for the Sustainable Development” was organized by Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists-Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal) in association with Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal (GoN) on April 10-11, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu.
The conference was supported by Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University (TU), Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center, Kathmandu University(KU), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Kathmandu Centre for Research and Education, Tribhuvan University (KCRE, CAS-TU), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), OJERI and BK21Plus ELEC of Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, Real Times Solutions (RTS) and United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Hydrological Programme Nepal (UNESCO IHP-Nepal).
The conference was inaugurated by Rt. Hon’ble Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun by lighting the panas. Rt. Hon’ble Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun highlighted the importance of Hydrology and Meteorology for the sustainable development of the country in his inaugural remarks. Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Vice-Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal gave warm welcome speech. Hon’ble Jay Dev Joshi, Minister, Ministry of Population and Environment, Prof. Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel, Vice-Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Population and Environment also spoke during inaugural session. SOHAM-Nepal Executive Committee/life members, distinguished guest from various national and international organizations, Participants, Media Persons were also present on the occasion. The programme is chaired by Dr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal.
More than 200 participants actively participated in the conference. There were 59 oral and 13 poster presentations along with 6 invited lectures from eminent professionals. The conference also included an exhibition stall from Real Time Solutions (RTS) and a Travel desk from Raya Tours and Travels for post excursion.
Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) chaired the closing session on April 11, 2017. He also presented Kathmandu Declaration 2017. On behalf of participants, two representatives respectively from national and international participants also shared their experiences. Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary, SOHAM-Nepal gave vote of thanks. At the end, Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Vice-Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal concluded the conference by closing remarks.