S13: Sustainable Environment
S13: Sustainable Environment
Nepal faces unique challenges in designing evidence based and science informed sustainable stewardship of natural assets such as healthy soil, fresh water & clean air for the well-being ofher citizens. Rapid and unplanned development activities in the recent past and several regional global climate changes have degraded Nepal’s important and sensitive natural assets faster than in any period in history, and hence exposed large vulnerable citizens to serious risks. Nepali diaspora needs to work together with key stakeholders in Nepal to understand the opportunities and challenges, and to revamp the way it supports sustainability of research, innovation, policy and practitioner communities in Nepal. Together we can generate the multifaceted evidence-based scientific knowledge to design solutions for complex and intricately interactive environmental, societal and development challenges. This will help towards accelerating transformations contributing to broader sustainable socio-economic development goals of Nepal. The symposium aims at discussing these pertaining issues.
Prof Gopi Upreti voluntarily retired form Tribhuvan University in 2007 after 30 years of teaching at Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Rampur. He served in various positions at IAAS as Chair of the Department of Horticulture, Chair of the Department of Agriculture Statistics and Campus Chief, supervised graduate students and served in the research and journal committee. Dr. Upreti also served as the Chief Commissioner of Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) and Advisor to the Environmental Protection Council (EPC) of government of Nepal. He has written books in Agriculture, Environment and Development issues. He has published dozens of research articles on Agriculture, Environment and Sustainable Development in national and international referred journals. Professor Upreti is the recipient of the Best Paper Award on his paper entitled “Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development Require a New Approach” published in the Journal of Environmental Conservation, Vol. 21(18-29) by Switzerland based International Foundation of Environmental Conservation. Professor Upreti served in the editorial advisory board of The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief published by Prometheus Books, New York. He was the editor in-chief of the English magazine Humanist Voice published from Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, Prof. Upreti is the Senior Data Scientist at ManTech International Corporation.
Dr Krishna Prasad Oli, currently member of National Planing Comission, Government of Nepal comes from Teherathum District, Province no. 1.of Nepal. Dr. Oli has the experiences of working with National and International organisations in a wide range of development and environmental issues at policy–program-action continuum in particular to environment planning and management, ecosystem management, implementation of multilateral environmental treaties, developing regional cooperation mechanism, capacity building, trans-boundary landscape management, policy coordination and networking with stakeholders at different levels. He is a member of Nepal Bar Association and Before Joining the Government he was a visiting faculty at TU, teaching Environmental Law, he was Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Social Development and Western China Development Studies in Sichuan University in China and Distinguished Professor at Xian Minzu University China. He is also a visiting professor at Kathmandu School of Law and adjunct faculty at Akamai University, Hawaii, USA. He has extensively visited different parts of Nepal, China, South and South East Asia, Europe, Canada, North America, Australia and Africa during his career. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Krishna.email@example.com.
Dr David Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an organization dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region spread across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan working in fields relating to sustainable mountain development. He promotes work across disciplines and borders in a range of fields including climate change and natural resources management. He has contributed to the publication of over 250 pieces, and received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.
Professor Rejina Maskey Byanju currently is serving as head of the department. She has worked at different capacities within various field of environment during last 32 years of her service in the University. She has been working on Water pollution, Indoor and outdoor air pollution studies, emission inventories, air pollution modeling, forest fire and risk assessment researches with respect to human health and environment. Apart from pollution studies she is devoted to different charring technology sector applicable for energy management, pollution control and soil amendment. She had contributed as resource person for Environmental sector in the study of Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA)-2015 lead by National Planning Commission, GoN, for recent Earthquake 2015 April, Nepal. She holds a PhD degree in Chemistry (air pollution) from Institute of Science and Technology (IOST), Tribhuvan University and MS Environmental Science from Saarland University, Germany and Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
Mr. Bishow Parajuli, Nepali citizen has devoted 35 years of distinguished services to the UN system and has extensive experiences in development, humanitarian affairs, diplomacy, fund raising, and management in over 10 countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa and WFP headquarters in Rome, as Chief of Staff and Director of Government and Donor Relation. Prior to his current assignment, as the WFP Representative and Country Director in India, Mr Parajuli served for the past five years in Zimbabwe, as the UN Resident Coordinator and Designated Official of the UN Secretary General – the highest-ranking UN Official. Mr. Parajuli’s service in Zimbabwe also includes four years as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) leading its second largest operation in the world. Bishow holds MSc in Rural Development from Imperial College and MBA from Kurukshetra University, India and BSc. Ag (Hons) from Punjab Agricultural University, India. He and his wife have three children.
Dr Mohan B. Dangi is an American environmental engineer, science diplomat, and a professor in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University (CSU), Fresno with specialization in technical and social aspects of solid waste engineering and management. He is recognized internationally for curriculum development and capacity building activities in Nepal. His work has produced eight memoranda of understanding between the U.S. and Nepali universities and has developed two engineering curricula, K-12 Renewable Energy Curriculum, and promotion of environmental science and engineering education in his native country of Nepal. He has created and reinvented eight courses for California State University, Fresno and University of Wyoming. He initiated a life-changing study abroad course to third pole, Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in the Himalayas, which brings ten U.S. students to work with ten of their Nepali peers each year. His peer-reviewed publications have proven important contributions to the discipline of waste management and environmental policy. Professor Dangi’s leadership at CSU, Fresno include: 1.) Chair, College International Education Committee, 2.) Faculty Advisor, Nepalese Students Association, 3.) Academic Senator, 4.) Department Assessment Coordinator, 5.) Department Board Coordinator, 6.) Member, Research, Personnel, and Scholarship Committees, 7.) Member, Interim Dean Search, and 8.) Member, Environmental Planning and Human Geography Faculty Searches. In addition, he is a: 7.) Co-Chair, Global Conference on Environment & Sustainability, and 8.) Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).
Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli is currently working as Secretary at Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal. Before, he has served as Secretary at Ministry of Livestock Development and Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal. Dr. Oli has worked as a Director General of Department of Forests during 2013-2014 for almost one and half year. He has received Ph D in Forestry from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Oli has more than two dozens of research papers published in national and international journals. He has supervised students at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. He has worked as Council Member to Asia Pacific Forestry Network for Sustainable Forest Management. He has also worked as a National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2013 and has been working as a National Focal Point to the UNFCCC and UN Environment from Nepal. He is also a vice chair of Asia Pacific Forestry Commission. He is currently a senate member of Agriculture and Forestry University and Nepal Open University.
Prof Dr Madan Koirala, Professor of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University. Dr. Koirala has served in various capacities as Chairperson of the department of Environmental Science, Expert Member, Climate Change Council, Government of Nepal, Member of Academic Council, Tribhuvan University, Chairman, Environmental Management Subject Committee, Pokhara University, Expert Group Member: Technical Support Group (TSG). Founder President and Life Member, Nepal Environment Society. UNFCCC COP delegate representing Nepal, participated in Climate Change related regional and global meetings as National Expert in WB, ADB, UNDP, other UN forums. Team Leader and Member, expert groups on Higher Education, Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity: NAST, UGC, HUC, ICIMOD, IUCN, NTNC. Supervise graduate students in environmental sciences and has published more than dozens of journal articles in in national and international refreed journals. Written book chapters on environmentalk sciences and many popular aticles in national dailies.
Dr Keshab Poudel is a practicing physician and leader of Nepali diaspora community in USA. He was the president of the NRN USA for two terms from 2015 to 2019. He is currently serving as the Chief Patron of NRNA NCC USA. As a leader of NRN NCC USA he has been very active in revitalizing NRN NCC and has contributed significantly to the NRN diaspora community in Northern America. He has served in various professional organizations and societies:
Senior Fellow: Society of Hospital Medicine 3/2015, Fellow: American College of Physicians 2/2012, Board of Directors, Nepal America Medical Foundation 5/2014-7/2015, Member: American Medical Association, President, Society of Hospital Medicine, New Mexico 7/2014-7/2016, Member, Chapter Support Committee, Society of Hospital Medicine 1/2015-1/2016, Member, Medical Society of State of New York, Life Member of Nepal Medical Association, Council Member, Nepal Medical Association 2002-2004, Permanent Member of Nepal Medical Council, President, Technical Students’ of Nepal 1999-2001, Secretary, Free Students’ Union 1998-2000, Member, Nepal Medical Student Society.
Prof Dr Durga Dutta Poudel, the founding member of Asta-Ja Framework, is the Regents Professor in Applied Life Sciences and Coordinator of Environmental Science Program at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. He is an expert on soils, water, environment, climate change, and natural resources. Professor Poudel’s professional experience consists of Research Fellow at Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Taiwan, and a Visiting Research Scholar at University of California Davis, USA. Professor Poudel has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings papers, book chapters, research briefs, and scientific abstracts. He has published numerous popular articles. Dr. Poudel is the founding member of Asta-Ja Abhiyan Nepal, and the founding President of Asta-Ja Research and Development Center, Kathmandu, Nepal and Asta-Ja USA, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. In 2017, in recognition of the impact and quality of one of his research papers, Professor Poudel and his co-authors were awarded for the “2017 Best Research Paper Award for Impact and Quality Honorable Mention” by the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.