October 06, 2014

On occasion of 35th world tourism day on 27th September 2014, IInd edition of Climate + Change - a dynamic exhibition exploring the effect of climate change on the Hindu Kush Himalayan region launched at International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara. This exhibition was jointly inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Peter W. Bodde, US Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Bishwo Prakash Pandit, Secretary for Education, Ministry of Education, Dr. David Molden, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Mr. Saru Bhakta Shrestha, Chancellor of Nepal Music and Drama Academy. This exhibition is organized by ICIMOD and Glacier Works in partnership with NMA, the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu, photo.circle, THINC Design, and Srijanalaya.

The exhibition features science and image collected from the ICIMOD and striking photography from David Breashears, Glacier Works and other Nepali photographers that show the rapidly changing Himalayas and highlight solutions being implemented in the region. Apart from this Climate+Change features image, text, and interactive elements which attract visitors to think and investigate about the challenges faced by our natural landscapes, ecosystems, human communities and economies in the face of climate change across the country. An in-depth Arts and Education program will target students and teachers from across Kaski and neighboring districts, offering a unique opportunity for them to engage with and be inspired by science. With three sections on air, water and ice, the exhibition highlights the science behind issues like black carbon and its sources and effects, types of floods, flood risk management, alternative irrigation methods and decaying glaciers and ice, to name a few. Using case studies from across Nepal the exhibition calls for the need to cooperate across borders in addressing the risk of natural hazards and the conservation of ecosystems. Breathtaking, large-scale photography from GlacierWorks invites visitors to explore the changing Himalayan landscape in and around Mount Everest, and scientific explanations will help visitors better understand the complexities of glaciers on the rooftop of the world. Throughout the exhibition, solutions are presented along with the challenges and visitors are encouraged to act on personal levels to make changes. 
After the inauguration, Kundan Dixit led the guided tour for the journalists and guests and highlighted about the exhibition to them. The inauguration ceremony was also followed by the interaction program on "Access routes for tourism: enhancing community development in Nepal’s mountain areas" at the conference hall.

On occasion of 35th world tourism day on 27th September 2014, IInd edition of Climate + Change - a dynamic exhibition exploring the effect of climate change on the Hindu Kush Himalayan region launched at International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara. This exhibition was jointly inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Peter W. Bodde, US Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Bishwo Prakash Pandit, Secretary for Education, Ministry of Education, Dr. David Molden, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Mr. Saru Bhakta Shrestha, Chancellor of Nepal Music and Drama Academy. This exhibition is organized by ICIMOD and Glacier Works in partnership with NMA, the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu, photo.circle, THINC Design, and Srijanalaya.

The exhibition features science and image collected from the ICIMOD and striking photography from David Breashears, Glacier Works and other Nepali photographers that show the rapidly changing Himalayas and highlight solutions being implemented in the region. Apart from this Climate+Change features image, text, and interactive elements which attract visitors to think and investigate about the challenges faced by our natural landscapes, ecosystems, human communities and economies in the face of climate change across the country. An in-depth Arts and Education program will target students and teachers from across Kaski and neighboring districts, offering a unique opportunity for them to engage with and be inspired by science. With three sections on air, water and ice, the exhibition highlights the science behind issues like black carbon and its sources and effects, types of floods, flood risk management, alternative irrigation methods and decaying glaciers and ice, to name a few. Using case studies from across Nepal the exhibition calls for the need to cooperate across borders in addressing the risk of natural hazards and the conservation of ecosystems. Breathtaking, large-scale photography from GlacierWorks invites visitors to explore the changing Himalayan landscape in and around Mount Everest, and scientific explanations will help visitors better understand the complexities of glaciers on the rooftop of the world. Throughout the exhibition, solutions are presented along with the challenges and visitors are encouraged to act on personal levels to make changes. 

After the inauguration, Kundan Dixit led the guided tour for the journalists and guests and highlighted about the exhibition to them. The inauguration ceremony was also followed by the interaction program on "Access routes for tourism: enhancing community development in Nepal’s mountain areas" at the conference hall.

                 

Speech by NMA president on the occasion of launching of the 2nd Edition of Climate plus Change Exhibition

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, on behalf of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, 2nd Edition of Climate plus Change Partners and myself, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Peter Bode, Ambassador of United State of America, Hon'ble Mr. Chudhamani Jungali Constituent Assembly Members, Dr. David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, Respected Mr. Biswa Prakash Pandit, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal, Mr. Sarubaktta Shrestha, Chancellor of Music and Drama Academy of Nepal, Ms. Nayan Tara Gurung-Kashyapati of Photo Circle and all distinguished guests for your gracious presence here for the launching of “the 2nd Edition of Climate plus Change Exhibition” on the occasion of World Tourism Day to-day.

The Protocol Agreement which was signed in Kathmandu on 12 September 2014 between NMA and C+C partners mainly ICIMOD, Photo Circle which has added another feather in our cap. The fruitful relationship that we have with ICIMOD and other partners has already resulted in improving mountain environment; developing climbing activities and promoting the mountains as a center of sports activities; and providing livelihood support for the mountain communities. The relationship, which was initially based on mutual understanding and co-operation, has now through this Exhibition today grown even more. We want to take this ceremony as a catalyst of institutional solidarity for the materialization of various plans formulated to give better dimension to the protection of fragile mountain environments of the Himalayas.

The "2nd Edition of Climate plus Change” exhibition at this International Mountain Museum features selected materials from the trans-boundary landscapes and watersheds that emphasize the interactions among changing natural systems, dynamic social systems, the well-being of people, the scientific study of change processes and the ways that people in the region are adapting to the changes they perceive.

The International Mountain Museum here in the beautiful scenic lake city of Pokhara is the biggest and one of the most important mountain museums in the world. Its main objective is to record and document the chronicle past and present development of the mountaineering activities in the world and to preserve the story of the great mountaineering feats achieved in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayas. This museum is one of a kind where the original gears and equipments worn and used by many of the climbers during their first Himalayan ascents are showcased. This is the best way to preserve and to display the history, culture, geography, flora and fauna of the Himalayas.

In this august gathering, one can describe my previous tenure as the president of NMA as a “Golden Period” with the golden jubilees of Mt. Everest in 2003, Mt. Cho-oyu 2004, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga in 2005, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse in 2006 and Mt. Dhaulagiri in 2010. Besides NMA’s regular programs, many international and national events also occurred including the grand opening of IMM on 5th February 2004, the 30th jubilation of "The First Woman's Summit on Mt. Everest" in 2005, International Himalayan Tourism and Mountain Environment Conference in 2006, Joint Nepal-China Diplomatic Relation Golden Jubilee Expedition on an unclimbed peak (6227m) in 2005 and Joint Nepal-Japan Diplomatic Golden Jubilee Expedition on Mt. Nangpai Gosum (7191m) in 2006.

My present tenure as the president of NMA comes at time of the “Diamond period”. The Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebration last year was a grand success and that has increased the confidence of NMA in marking the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the First Successful Ascent of World’s sixth highest peak, Mount Cho-oyu and Himalayan Host Country and International Mountain Day celebration this year. There are several upcoming diamond jubilees of 8000m Nepal Himalayas such as Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga in 2015, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse in 2016 and Mt. Dhaulagiri in 2020. The 40th jubilation of "The First Woman's Summit on Mt. Everest" is in 2015 along with the International Himalayan Tourism and Climate Change Conference. In 2015 we will also be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of establishments of Diplomatic Relation between Nepal and several of our cordial friendly countries.

Government of Nepal has formed the “Peak Profile Sub-Committee” under my convener-ship to prepare detail Peak Profiles of 492 peaks in Nepal’s Himalayas. The profile will contain all information of peaks in digital formats as well as booklets, which will make it easier for teams to plan their expeditions.

NMA has a number of programs planned to promote mountain tourism, efforts for the protection of the fragile mountain environment, honoring successful mountaineers, making mountaineering safer and secure by imparting various types of mountaineering climbing training and high altitude rescue trainings, welfare schemes for families of mountaineers who have lost their lives while on mountains and other related activities as well as further improvements and development of the International Mountain Museum. It is one of the first museums of its kind in the world. It is a tourism heritage on which the country itself can take pride. Similarly the works are in full swing on the International Mountaineers Memorial Park in Kakani. It is dedicated to those brave mountaineers who unfortunately lost their lives in the high Himalayas. This is but a small tribute to those who never looked back but tried to tread the unexpected path full of dangers.

The mountains have always remained respected and the relations between man and mountains have remained strong all through the ages. This makes it all the more important to renew our efforts for the conservation of the mountains, especially the fragile Himalayas. The efforts of all nations are required to prevent the deterioration of the mountain environment so that the survival of the human kind is guaranteed.

आजको संसार विकासको चरम उचाईमा पुगेको कुरा हामीसबैलाई थाहै छ तर त्यो उचाई सँगै एउटा गहन प्रश्न चिन्ह अथवा challenge हाम्रो सामु खडा छ त्यो हो जलवायु परिर्वतन । जति खुसी हुन्छौ हामी परिवर्तनमा त्यत्तिकै दुखी हुन्छौ जलवायु परिवर्तनको कुरा सुन्दा ।

जलवायु परिवर्तनले नेपाल लगायत अन्य विकासोन्मुख देशहरुलाई तुलनात्मक रुपमा वढी असर परिरहेको छ । नेपालको हरित गृह ग्याँस उत्सर्जन दर अन्य देशको तुलनामा नगन्य भएता पनि जलवायु परिवर्तनका नकरात्मक असरहरुबाट अत्यन्त संवेदनशील रुपले प्रभावित हुने लक्षणहरु नेपालमा देखापरिसकेका छन् । तापक्रममा वृद्धि, पग्लिदो हिमाल र खुम्चिदा हिमनदी, वर्षा चक्रमा फेरबदल, कृषिजन्य उत्पादनमा ह्रास, जैविक विविधताको लोप, बढ्दो प्राकृतिक प्रकोप, मानव स्वास्थ्य आदि इत्यादि असरहरु जलवायु परिवर्तनले देखाएको छ । यसको निराकरणको लागि मानिसहरुले नै पहलगर्नु आवश्यक छ । वायुमण्डलको हालको हरित गृह ग्याँसको मात्रा वा अनुपातमा कमी ल्याउनु र जलवायु परिवर्तनले ल्याएको असरहरुलाई कम गरि त्यसको असरबाट जनजीवनमा आइपर्ने विपत्तिहरुको समाधान गर्नु आजको आवश्यकता हो ।

म धन्यवाद दिन चाहन्छु इसिमोड लगायत यस जलवायु परिवर्तन प्रर्दशनीमा प्रत्यक्ष–अप्रत्यक्ष सहयोगी संस्थाहरु अनि विभिन्न ब्यक्तित्वहरुलाई जसले विश्व भरिनै यसले पारेको असर र न्यूनिकरण यहाँ प्रस्तुत गर्नुभएको छ ।

यी सबै प्रर्दशनीहरु निश्चित रुपमा ज्ञानवद्र्धक छन् तर म अभैm के भन्न चहान्छु भने यी समस्याहरुको समाधानका निम्ति विकसित मुलुकहरुले जिम्मेवारीपूर्ण पहल गर्नुपर्ने हुन्छ । यो प्रर्दशनीले यस संग्रहालयमा आउने पाहुनाहरुलाई जलवायु परिर्वतन सम्वन्धि ज्ञान हासिल गर्न सहयोग पु्र्याउने छ ।
 
Before concluding my finishing note, I would also like to extend my hearty thanks to ICIMOD, Photo Circle, American Embassy, Glacier Works, Climate Alliance of Himalayan Community and other C+C partners, all distinguished guests, high officials of Government of Nepal, Presidents and representative of various organization, NMA Annapurna Chapter president and members, NMA advisors, central executive members, and staff for your gracious support and assistance. I hope to receive your continued support and cooperation from all sectors in the days ahead. Also in this august gathering I would like to this opportunity to extend my best wishes for Bhadha Dasain and Tihar Festival.

 Thank you very much for your kind attention

Ang Tshering Sherpa
President, NMA
Venue: International Mountain Museum, Pokhara
Date: 27th September 2014

 
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