Nepal Geological Society (NGS): Nepal National Group of IAEG and a leading organization in geosciences

Nepal Geological Society (NGS): Nepal National Group of IAEG and a leading organization in geosciences

IDDR- Day, 2017 Organized

Venue: Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu

Date: October 13, 2017 ((Friday, 27 Ashwin 2074)

Nepal GeologicalSociety (NGS) has observed the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR)on October 13, 2017 (Friday, 27 Ashwin 2074). The venue was Nepal TourismBoard, Bhrikutimandap, Kathamndu. NGS has been observing IDDR Day regularlyeach year by organizing different programs. This year, the society organized a one day symposium with six presentations on related theme (Theme ofIDDR 2017 is Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure Reducing Displacement) inassociation with National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) / Department of WaterInduced Disaster Management (DWIDM)/ President Chure- Terai MadheshConservation Development Board (PCTMCDB)/ International Centre for IntegratedMountain Development (ICIMOD)/ Nepal Tourisms Board (NTB) and National Societyfor Earthquake Technology Nepal (NSET). Mr. Churna Bahadur Wali, DeputyDirector General of the Department of Irrigation was the Convener of thesymposium. The symposium was divided into Inaugural and Technical Session and141 participants were present in the program.

INAUGURAL SESSION

Dr. Kabi RajPaudyal, President of the NGS chaired the session and Honorable Minister Mr.Sanjaya Kumar Gautam, Ministry of Irrigation was the chief guest of the program.Mr. Churna Bahadur Wali, Deputy Director General of Department of Irrigationand Convener of the IDDR Day Organizating Committee-2074 delivered welcomespeech on behalf of the NGS and organizing committee. Chief Guest HonorableMinister Gautam inaugurated the program by lightening the lamp. Dr. Kabi RajPaudyal, President of the NGS highlighted the program and activities of NGS inthe field of disaster reduction. Professor Dr. Jibaraj Pokhrel, Vice Chancellorof NAST; Mr. Birendra Yadav, Chairman,President Chure- Terai Madhesh Conservation Development Board; Prof. Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel, CEO,NationalReconstruction Authority delivered their speech as the guest of the program.Chief Guest Honorable Minister Mr. Sanjaya Kumar Gautam mentioned the need ofsuch program and assured support from the government in his speech. At the endof the session, Dr. Ganesh Nath Tripathi, Vice President of the NGS extendedconcluding remarks and vote of thanks. The program was conducted by Dr. KamalaKant Acharya, General Secretary of the NGS

TECHNICAL SESSION

        Following the inaugural session a technical session was held. Mr. Samjol Ratna Bajracharya chaired the session and Mr. Bishowmani Pokhrel and Dr. Ashok Sigdel served as rapporteurs. Six technical papers were presented in the session. The title and presenter of the session is summarized below:

S.N Title of the paper Presenter
1 Reducing flood risks by reaching the most vulnerable in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD
2 Flood Early Warning System in Nepal Rajendra Sharma, Binod Parajuli and Sunil Pokharel , DHM
3 Understanding Monitoring and Evaluation on Flood Early Warning System for Climate Induced Hazards in Nepal in the perspective of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 Ramesh Man Tuladhar DRR and M&E Specialist, Freelance Consultant
4 The Lesson learned for Buildings Structures and Nonstructural Components: A Case of Gorkha Earthquake Sujan Raj Adhikari and Omkala Khanal,  NSET
5 Community based low-cost Flash Flood Early Warning System in Nepal Basanta Raj Adhikari and Nagendra Raj Sitoula,Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
6 Landslide inventory mapping along Ramche-Jharlan Area in Dhading, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts, Lesser Himalaya, Central Nepal Jharendra K.C., Purushottam Neupane, Deepak Gautam and Kabi Raj Paudyal, Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

There were lively discussions and comments on each paper immediately after the presentation. After the completion of all presentations, Samjol Ratna Bajracharya, Chairman of the session called all the presenters on the dais and congratulated them. One our open discussion was held within the presented topic. At the end of the program chairman briefly commented on the papers and extended thanks to all the participants who have participated and helped to make the symposium grand success.

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