Youth For Smart Solutions 3 - Looking at Sustainability Post COVID19

Event Date: December 20, 2020

“Youth For Smart Solutions 3” WCN’s Conference for Young Nepali Scientists is an event organized by Nepal Prakriti Pathshala (NPP) in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) and Danish Forestry extension (DFE). This year amidst the COVID-19, pandemic WCN conducted a virtual edition of Youth for Smart Solution 3 with the theme “Looking at Sustainability post COVID-19” on 20-22nd December 2020. 

The conference mainly focused on sustainability issues after COVID-19. Day 1 of the conference focused on “Environment Sustainability Issues Amidst the Pandemic in Nepal” as this pandemic has disturbed the political, social, economic, religious, and financial infrastructures and made us realize that the system we live in is not sustainable anymore. While Day 2 focused on our “National Policies and Strategies for Achieving Environmental Sustainability While Combating the Negative Effects of Pandemic in Nepal”. In addition, Day 3 focused on “The Importance of Communication in Pursuing Sustainability and Recovering from Natural and Health Disasters”.

The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Mukunda Niraula, Director General, Department of Environment (DOE). Prof. Dr. Surya Ratna Gubhaju, Chairperson, Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) chaired the opening session. Mr. Prasanna Yonzon, Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) gave his opening remarks while Dr. Dinesh Bhuju, Chief Executive Officer, Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) presented his keynote address at the conference.

More than 125 young scientists registered for the conference from Nepal. Eleven eminent experts presented their expert work in relevance to the theme of each day of the conference. Out of 60 papers submitted, five finalists were selected to present their research study at the conference. The research papers were evaluated by Mr. Prakash Chandra Aryal, herpetology expert and academic coordinator at Golden Gate International College in the Department of Environmental Science, Mr. Bal Mukunda Pokhrel, Program Officer, Alpine Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Nabin Gopal Baidya, Program Manager, WCN. Moreover, 2500+ people were reached through WCN’s Facebook page. The conference was divided into Expert Presentation Session and Paper Presentation Session.

During the closing ceremony Mr. Flemming Sehested, Director, DFE shared his few words and Ms. Sanjeevani Yonzon Shrestha presented Conference Summation and Declaration while  Mr. Nabin Gopal Baidya, Program Manager, WCN announced top 3 research papers.

Nepal Prakriti Pathshala organized this Conference in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Nepal and Danish Forestry Extension, in association with the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and Department of Environment. The conference partners were Biruwa, N-Agro, Central Department of Environmental Science,TU, Resources Himalaya Foundation and Environmental Graduates in the Himalaya. And, our Media Partners were Nepali Times and Radio Partner, Classic FM.  


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