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BRIEF REPORT 9th Nepal Geological Congress (NGC-IX) Kathmandu, Nepal 19–21 November 2018

Nepal Geological Society (NGS) organized an International Geoscientific Event “9th Nepal Geological Congress” on 19–21 November 2018 in Kathmandu as a part of its scientific activities. The theme of this congress was “Geoscience for Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Development”. The theme itself is of great significance, which tries to reveal the importance of geology especially the engineering geology and its applications in the sustainable development and economic prosperity of the nation. National Planning Commission, National Reconstruction Authority, President Chure-Terai Madesh Conservation Development Board, Department of Water Resources and Irrigation, Department of Mines and Geology, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, National Society of Earthquake Technology and Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University were the collaborating partners of this international event.

Chief Guest Rt. Honorable Vice-President of Nepal, Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the 9th Nepal Geological Congress (NGC-IX) on November 19, 2018. He highlighted the importance of geosciences to minimize the disaster risk and exploration as well as mining of important mineral resources of Nepal for the economic prosperity and sustainable development of the country. Rt. Honorable Vice-President of Nepal requested the geoscientists and Nepal Geological Society to work for these important issues. Honorable member of National Planning Commission Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli explained the possibility of exploring and mining of mineral resources in Nepal. Honorable Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority, Mr. Sushil Gyewali explained how the geoscientists has important role in the reconstruction of the country especially after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. Honorable, Chairman of President Chure-Terai Madesh Conservation Development Board, Mr. Birendra Yadav said that the mission of the board and the theme of the Congress are similar, and he expressed his commitment to work together with NGS in future as well. Dr. Kabi Raj Paudyal, President of Nepal Geological Society chaired the session and welcomed all the guests and participants.

Scientific papers from 11 different countries were received with total of 181 abstracts were published; majority of them belongs to the themes of geohazard mitigation and disaster risk management, groundwater exploration, infrastructure development, mineral and construction materials exploration. All these are related to economic prosperity of the country. The papers were presented during 3 days from 19 to 21 November  2018 as keynotes, invited lectures and oral/poster presentations in 14 different technical sessions. More than 350 participants attended the NGC-IX.

Finally, Valedictory Session of NGC-IX was concluded on November 21, 2018 and the Chief Guest of the session was Honorable Minister Matrika Prasad Yadav, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Government of Nepal. Distinguished guests from National Reconstruction Authority, President Chure-Terai Madesh Conservation Development Board, National Planning Commission were also present in the session.

Inauguration of 9th Geological Congress (NGC-IX) by the Chief Guest Rt. Honorable Vice-President of Nepal, Nanda Bahadur Pun on November 19, 2018

Inauguration of 9th Geological Congress (NGC-IX) by the Chief Guest Rt. Honorable Vice-President of Nepal, Nanda Bahadur Pun on  November 19, 2018

 

Dr. Kabi Raj Paudyal, President of Nepal Geological Society (NGS) provided the “Token of Love” to Honorable Minister Matrika Prasad Yadav, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies during the Valedictory Session on November 21, 2018



IDDR-Day 2018 Organized

Venue: Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: October 13, 2018 (27 Ashoj, 2075)
Organizer: Nepal Geological Society

The Nepal Geological Society (NGS) has organized one-day symposium to observe the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on October 13, 2018 (Saturday, 27 Ashwin, 2075) at the conference hall of Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Katmandu. The one-day symposium was organized upon the call from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal in collaboration with UNDP Nepal, Department of Water Resource and Irrigation and National Society for Earthquake Technology along with several other associated partners (Nineteen governmental and non-governmental organizations). The program was financially supported by UNDP Nepal, Department of Water Resource and Irrigation and National Society for Earthquake Technology along with the relevant presentations. Honorable Home Minister of Nepal Government Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa inaugurated the program as the chief guest. The NGS has been observing IDDR Day regularly each year by organizing different programs. This year, the society organized a one-day symposium with ten presentations on related theme (Theme of IDDR 2018 is THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (SDGS): REDUCING THE ECONOMIC LOSS OF DISASTERS ‘’???? ????? ??????????? ????? ?????, ?????? ????? ?????”).

The geological hazards (earthquake, landslide, flood etc) are the major challenges to the national development and poverty alleviation in Nepal. Therefore, Nepal Geological Society initiated the advocacy in the area that included awareness campaign through the regular celebration of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (UN/IDNDR) since 1990s. After the establishment of UNISDR (United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction), the society has carried out its activities in line with the UNISDR aims of building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction for reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters. The activities of NGS towards disaster prevention was acknowledged by UN Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordination office of IDNDR Secretariat in Geneva, by awarding UN-Sasakawa Disaster Prevention Award in 1998 for its efforts in disseminating the scientific knowledge and spreading the awareness to the general public, concerned authority as well as to the stakeholders to prevent the natural disaster. The society is committed to advocate for disaster risk reduction and mitigation activities in the country.

The Symposium was divided into Inaugural and technical sessions. Dr. Kabi Raj Paudyal, President of the NGS chaired the Inaugural session and delivered the welcome speech. Chief Guest, Honorable Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa inaugurated the program by lightening the lamp. Mr. Churna Bahadur Wali, Convener of the IDDR Day Organizing Committee highlighted the program. Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairman, DPNet, Nepal; Mr. Bijay Singh, Assistant Country Director, UNDP Nepal; Mr. Birendra Yadav, Chairman, President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Development Board; Mr. Kalanidhi Devkota, Executive Director, Municipal Association of Nepal; Mr. Sushil Gyewali, Chief Executive Officier, National Reconstruction Authority; and Mr. Prem Kumar Rai, Secretray, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal delivered their speech as the guest of the program. Honorable Minister Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa mentioned the threat of different natural disasters in Nepal and government’s activities to minimize these disasters. He also mentioned there is an urgent need to unite all the stakeholders with the government to overcome these problems. At the end of the session, Dr. Ganesh Nath Tripathi, Vice President of the NGS extended concluding remarks and vote of thanks. The program was conducted by Dr. Kamala Kant Acharya, General Secretary of the NGS.

Head and/or representatives from all associated organizations, Government officials, members of the Nepal Geological Society, media persons from different media houses and students from different disciplines have actively participated in the program. Altogether 220 participants were present both in the inaugural and technical session.
Following the inaugural session two technical sessions were conducted. The first Technical session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Tara Nidhi Bhattarai and Dr. Ashok Sigdel and Ms. Sunu Dawadi served as rapporteurs. Five technical papers were presented in this session. The second technical session was chaired by Mr. Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya and Mr. Bharat Bhandari and Ms. Sabina Khatri served as rapporteurs. Five technical papers were presented in this session with lively discussions and comments on each presentation.

The one-day symposium was organized in association with the following organizations:
S.N. Organizations
1 Department of Mines and Geology
2 Tribhuvan University
3 President Chure Terai Madhesh Conservation and Development Board
4 Nepal Electricity Authority
5 Nepal Tourism Board
6 Nepal Red-Cross Society
7 DiMANN
8 Association of International NGOs
9 Task Group of Disaster Management
10 ICIMOD
11 Stratigraphic Association of Nepal
12 Nepal Hydrogeological Association
13 National Reconstruction Authority
14 Municipal Association of Nepal
15 CBM International
16 Save the Children
17 Kathmandu Metropolitan City
18 Lalitpur Metropolitan City
19 Bhaktapur Sub-Metropolian City

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