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Interaction Workshop on Issues of Social Inclusion in Natural Resource of NepalVenue : Hotel Malla, Lainchowr, Kathmandu
Time : 5 July 2009
SIRF along with Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresearches (ANSAB) jointly organized a half day interaction workshop with development partners on “Issues of Social Inclusion in Natural Resource of Nepal”. The participants of the programs were natural resource experts, government officers, journalists and other stakeholders. The program started with welcome remark by Sita Rana, Advisor of SIRF in which she highlighted on the SIRF’s activities and objective of the workshop. The representative of ANSAB also made debriefing of the program. The program was chaired by Mr. Govind Prasad Kadel, former Director General of Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management. The two papers were presented in the program.
The first presentation of the program was on “Inclusion/ Exclusion of River Affected People in Conservation and Management of Watershed & Natural Resources in Churia Hills” by SIRF Research Fellow Bijay Singh Danuwar. In the presentation, Mr. Danuwar highlighted on the impacts and interrelationship of upstream- downstream of Jalad river and the exclusion of river affected people in conservation and management of upstream Natural resource.
SIRF Research Fellow Bijay Singh Danuwar Making his Presentation, also seen in photo Mr. Govind Prasad Kadel in Right and Sita Rana in left
The second presentation of the program was on “Policy issues of natural resource management and conservation of Nepal” by Jailab Rai of Forest Action. In the presentation, Mr. Rai highlighted on the distribution of various types of natural resource in Nepal and its access to various population groups.
The open floor discussion followed each presentation in which the participant raised comments and suggestions on presented paper. Specifically, the participants alerted on the unequal distribution of natural resource which consequently barred the indigenous from access to Natural resource.
Mr. Govind Prasad Kadel, chairman of session, wrapped up the program with his concluding remark in which he highlighted on the importance of these types of programs which will enhance the discourse on equal access of all populace in natural resources.