Published Date: 2020-04-15, Wednesday
The International Conference entitled “Natural Resources, Agriculture and Society in a Changing Climate” was successfully conducted in Kathmandu, Nepal during the period 17-19 August 2019. This multi-stakeholder interdisciplinary conference represents an important milestone of the NORAD funded NORHED project entitled, “Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region: A collaborative project among Norway, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan”. The Project was a joint effort of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Royal University of Bhutan, Karakorum International University and Kathmandu University who were project partners.
The objectives of the institutional collaboration were to enhance the capacity and relevance of higher education and research related to climate change, natural resource management, and environment in a coordinated network of four universities in South Asia. The overall aim has been to develop institutional and human capacity and positively influence the formulation and implementation of policies focused on sustainable resource management and climate change related issues in the Southern partner countries. The international conference served as a forum for dissemination of project-related research along with sharing of findings from other studies conducted on related themes within the region and beyond. The papers and posters presented herein have been organized into several sub-thematic focus areas, namely, agriculture and soil management, forest resource management under changing climatic conditions, biodiversity, water security and resource management, policies and governance an economic strategies for livelihood security, and, disaster, resilience, and transformation in a changing climate. All the sessions were conducted in active participation of professionals from the policy arena as well as the professional/academic community. Key persons from both arenas were instrumental in formulating the conference declaration with a commitment for policy uptake of relevant findings from the project. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the state of the art and the findings of research studies disseminated through refereed publications and in this conference, proceedings will serve as a valuable knowledge base and literary resource to students and researchers working in the Himalayan region and abroad.