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Nepal: World Water Day with National Water Week
Nepal National Water Week (NNWW) 2014 was jointly organized by several governmental, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and business houses under the chairmanship of secretary of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Government of Nepal. . The events started on 17 March and culminated on 23 March. The events included formal launching of the GWP Strategy 2015-2019; training to youth on GIS and Rain Water Harvesting, interaction with Constituent Assembly Members on role of water in the constitution of Nepal being drafted, visit to Nepal's First Hydropower Project at Pharping built in 1911, Ground Water Symposium and online E-discussions on water and energy nexus. GWP Nepal/JVS, along with the financial assistance to the program, contributed technically in the successful implementation of the program.
The NNWW was joined and supported by different organizations including governmental agencies, I/NGOs, private sectors, academia and media houses including Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)/GoN,Groundwater Development Board (GWDB)/GoN, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM)/GoN, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), GWP Nepal/JVS, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Small Earth Nepal (SEN), Center of Research for Environment, Energy and Water (CREEW), WWF Nepal, Water Aid, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), UNICEF, Practical Action, Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), International Research Centre for River Basin Environment (ICRE)- University of Yamanashi, One Planet Solution and Siddhartha Bank.
The Opening Ceremony of the program was held on 17 March 2014 at NTNC, Satdobato, Lalitpur. The opening ceremony was addressed by Ms. Radha Gyawali, Minister of Energy and a noted woman political leader. The program was chaired by Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS). It was attended by Mr. Iswer Raj Onta, the Regional Chair (GWP SAS), Dr. Vijaya Shrestha, President; Mr. Som Nath Poudel, Vice-president; and Mr. Surya Nath Upadhyay, Secretary General of GWP Nepal/JVS. President Dr. Shrestha and Secretary General Mr. Upadhyay were in the key position of the Program Organizing Committee.
On 22 March, a national workshop on Climate, Water and Energy Nexus – Identifying Gaps and Synergizing Knowledge was organized. During the workshop, Dr. Vijaya Shrestha, President of GWP Nepal/JVS formally launched the GWP Strategy 2015-2019. An interaction program with Constituent Assembly (CA) Members on Water and Energy Nexus a Nepal's Perspective was held on 27 March at the Hotel Everest, Kathmandu chaired by the Hon. Narayan Prasad Saud, Minister, Ministry of Irrigation, Government of Nepal. This special activity was part of the extended NNWWP. Dr. Luna Bharati, Office Head, IWMI Nepal; Mr. Surya Nath Upadhyay, Secretary General, GWP Nepal/JVS and Dr. Govinda Pokhrel, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) made presentations during the program. Mr. Upadhyay presented on "Water Resources in the Forthcoming Constitution of Nepal". The CA members representing different political parties attended the program. Mr. Shanker Bhandari from Nepali Congress, Mr. Ananda Pokhrel from the Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist l, Er. Niraj Shah and Mr. Puskar Kumar Adhikary from Rastriya Prajantra Party Nepal, Mr. Shibaji Yadav from Madeshi Janaadhikar Forum Nepal, Mr. Parsuram Tamang from Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Mr. Krishna Adhikary Secretary of Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal expressed their opinion saying the interaction program has helped them to consider the agenda of water resources more correctly in the forthcoming constitution.
In Nepal, programmatic efforts were made to internalize the World Water Day (WWD) in the national water week so that it was more functionally celebrated with the country's requirements and priority. While doing so, due attention was given to mark the World Meteorological Day (WMD), which falls on 23 March. The very close nexus between the WWD and the WMD needs no further elaboration in this short note.