Four days Training on Water and Waste Management and Roof top Farming (23- 26 July 2014)

??????????For many years, Kathmandu valley has faced high number of immigrants from rural areas. As per the latest census carried out in 2011, Kathmandu valley was home to 2.5 million people and Kathmandu district is the most rapidly growing district in the country. Over one million people live in Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) while the rest reside in the 4 other municipalities and some VDCs. Uncontrolled and rapid urbanization of the valley has resulted in an increase in environmental problems, ground water scarcity, waste and water management problem as well as rapid decrease in agriculture land. Loss of these farming areas that traditionally provided Kathmandu City with rice, grains, poultry and dairy products has made it more vulnerable to disruptions in the food supply. The city now has to depend either on the produce from rural areas or import from India and China. The only major access road to Kathmandu is sometimes blocked due to landslides resulting in the fluctuation of vegetable prices. At the same time it is highly likely that the changing climate will increase the frequency of natural disasters. Protection and preservation of the remaining peri urban and rural agriculture land is deemed necessary if Kathmandu wants to reduce reliance of food. In addition, using built-up spaces specifically roof tops to grow food in the city areas, could provide a viable alternative to supplement the supply of vegetables.

Intensive rooftop farming might help the families to become self sufficient in vegetables and herbs and potentially sell some produce surplus, at least in some seasons. Roof top farming may thus positively contribute to increase diversification of food and income sources and reduced vulnerability to food price hike and economic crisis. It is possible that roof top farming may have positive impacts on ambient and home temperatures, reducing both heating and cooling requirements and thus save costs; improve aesthetic value and air quality.

In this context, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) together with ENPHO and CEN under Youth entrepreneurship Development program is organizing four day training on the waste and water management and roof top farming. The main objective of this training is to provide hands on training on rooftop farming techniques vital for roof top farming. The specific objectives of the training are as follows:

  1. To give knowledge on roof top farming technology, along with water and waste management at household level.
  2. To produce skilled youth and women group technician on rooftop farming technology along with waste management

 

National Youth Conference on Climate Change: Kathmandu Youth Declaration 2014

We hundred representatives from five development regions of Nepal assembled at Kathmandu to participate in National Youth conference on Climate Change Parallel with CBA8, from 27 -29 April 2014.  Children and young people are concerned with the increasing threat posed by rising global carbon emissions and the changing climate. Many are already experiencing the impacts of the changing global environment in their communities. Not only do young people have a right and a need to tackle climate change, they also have much to contribute. As they live and play in their communities they often gain unique insights into the local environment, its strengths, weaknesses, and the ways in which it is changing. This is more so with the youth which represent the present and future of the country. Youth have both special concerns & responsibilities in relation to the environment and will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elder. So, the children and youth engagement is prior need for us.

Realizing this gap and urgency, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) come up with collective voice of youths. And we urge to ensure following agendas of youth;

  1. Encourage for the effective empowerment, engagement and mobilization of youth and youth’s network to spread the knowledge of climate change and about its impact to local people.
  2. Promote dialogue with youth and their participation and decision making process in the areas of Environment and Sustainable Development at all levels (Local, Regional, National and International)
  3. Focus on mitigation and adaptation through knowledge sharing, technology/Eco friendly technology transfer, and financial investment.
  4. We encourage the Government of Nepal, Civil organizations and global negotiators to include Youths and activist in decision making process related to climate change at local, national and international level.
  5. Encourage research and long-term monitoring regarding environmental issues such as Climate Change, Food security, Disaster Resilience, Biodiversity Conservation, Water and Energy demands and urge for effective implementation of Climate Policy, NAPA and LAPA document.
  6. We encourage for Good governance in each and every organizations who are working with environmental issue. We urge for proper information dissemination on Climate fund in Nepal.
  7. We are on a planet which has a problem caused by us, human being and we want a rectifiable decision now. If not it will be the biggest failure of your generation, there’s no point in waiting or hesitating we want climate justices any way
  8. We urge for proper transparent disbursement of 80% Budget, allocated by government of Nepal guided by Climate Policy and National Adaptation Program of Action.
  9. Living in clean environment is the right of each and every citizen; we urge the government for proper fulfillment of guided rule and regulations guided by interim constitution 2063.
  10. We urge for each and every organization, industry and factory for fulfillment of criteria guided  by ISO 14001:2008
  11. Let us not forget the agenda of Climate change   in our new constituent assembly.

National Youth Conference on Climate Change; Announcement of result of application call

Dear Applicants,

 

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are very glad to inform you that you have been selected as participant for our National Youth Conference on Climate Change which is going to be held on 27th -29th April,2014 .We do expect  your active participation there .

Furthermore, we would like to get confirmation of your presence and participation in the conference within 20th April (Sunday).If not we will be compelled to give priority to other applicants .If you are not able to conform us about your participation through mail then please contact Mr. Lalmani Wagle(9841851824) or Miss Nameeta Nepal (9849929640). We will be forwarding the information tool kit soon after your confirmation.

Wish you all the very best for the preparation and looking forward to see you on the conference.

List of selected participants

National Youth Conference on Climate Change

youth conference _logo-fNYCA have organized three national youth climate summit in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and regional youth summits in all major regional cities focusing on awaring and empowering diverse youth and youth groups. Same as NYCA have successfully organized 1st South Asian youth summit on climate change in 2009 in Nepal. These national youth summits were instrumental in bringing Nepalese youths together to discuss on climate change and sustainable development issues, sensitize them for climate action and collectively push local and central governments to mainstream climate change in development process and planning. Young people of Nepal have identified the emergent need of youth involvement in climate action. Youth have both special concerns & responsibilities in relation to the environment and will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elder. So, the children and youth engagement is prior need for us. This year Government of Nepal together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) organizing 8th Conference on Community- Based Adaptation to Climate Change.

The Community Based Adaptation (CBA) is an approach to adaptation to climate change, which are community-based and participatory, building on the priorities, knowledge, and capacities of local people. It provides information and concrete examples on potential impacts of climate change and mitigative measures which are location specific and community managed (Source: Community Action Global Impact). 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of youth participation against climate change, calling them “agents of change”. Children and young people are concerned with the increasing threat posed by rising global carbon emissions and the changing climate. Many are already experiencing the impacts of the changing global environment in their communities. Not only do young people have a right and a need to tackle climate change, they also have much to contribute. As they live and play in their communities they often gain unique insights into the local environment, its strengths, weaknesses, and the ways in which it is changing. In addition, young people are often creative and open-minded in their problem solving: they have energy, commitment and initiative to take action to reduce the impact of climate change and to prepare to face emergencies.

To address this, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action together with Clean Energy Nepal, Plan Nepal, Unicef, World Vision and Save the Children  has come up with idea of National Youth Conference on Climate Change  with involvement of youth and  children. The conference will be organizing  parallel with CBA8 to be held from 27th to 29th April 2014, Kathmandu.

Who can be the part of this conference?

  • Around 100 Youth  and children of age group 14 to 29 representing educational institutions, organizations or groups working or interested to work on environment, climate change and sustainable development issues
  • Young researcher, teachers, social activist and media personnel
  • Those individual who can produce changes not just in their own behavior but in their working environment (with leadership potential)are encouraged to apply.
  • Must have the commitment to share their or their community story with other participants and partners
  • Participation of enthusiastic  young people are more encouraged to apply

 

For further information:
Nepalese Youth for Climate Action

Secretariat:
Clean Energy Nepal P. O. Box. No: 24581140 Bulbule Marga, Thapagaun, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: 977-1-4464981 Email: nyca.np@gmail.com,  info@nyca.net.np Website: www.nyca.net.np  or may contact Mr. Rajan Thapa 9841661146,  Ms. Naameta Nepal 9849929640 and Mr. Lalmani Wagle 9841851824

 

Call for your Love Towards our Mother Earth: Open Love Letter Competition

flyer 2Valentine’s Day!! A day dedicated for love!!! A day dedicated for romance, confessions, proposals; a day dedicated to express one’s love to others! Need it be between two young hearts, love is universal; love is omnipresent between people of all age groups and also between people and earth!
So, join us in confessing our love for our Mother earth, join NYCA in an open love letter writing competition to our earth! Profess your love and win prizes a mountain Bike for your LOVE!!!
All you have to do is put your thinking-feeling cap on write, spill out your love on paper!!! Because it’s time to love nature and change our ways of living, in a manner that protects nature. This involves respecting others because we humans are a part of nature ourselves.
All your letters will be posted in our blogs and top 20 letters will be selected to be read at our Valentine day Event, 14th February 2013; along with letters from celebs and other dignified personalities’ love letter!!

Please do write and submit it to us latest by 6th Feb 2014 at nyca.greenmsg@gmail.com

Word Limit: 350 Words
Language: Nepali or English

Green Discussion on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment”

Green discussion forum of Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) about “Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment” was done on 5th July, 2013, by Resource person- Mr. Mochan Bhattarai, from Socially Responsible Business Development Network (SRBDN). The entire program was divided into two sessions. The first one was the theoretical part, where the resource person explained on CSR, its significance and how it related with environment. During the program Mr. Bhattarai shared some example how  the social responsibility has become a strategy of business and according to him “CSR is not intended for marketing or business it should be voluntarily and applied on win – win condition for both organization and stakeholder”. Further he highlighted that CSR is based on creative and interacting processes and it should be long term that goes irrespective of profit and put impacts on stakeholders. The second session was about discussion where participants were asked their queries to resource person. While answering those questions he gave some good example of 3P (Profit, Planet and People i.e. economics, environment and society) is necessary for sustainable development. Many organizations are contributing on environment sector.eg: Vodafone Qatar lunched biodegradable SIM card, Laxmi Bank’s one account: one tree scheme, etc. In this way, many National and Int’l organizations are working on environment and social sector as they use the resources of our  planet; earth for gaining profit an is enough to remove the dilemma of participants . A total of 40 participants from ASCOL, KUSOM, Tri-Chandra, NYCA, Paschim Paaila and CEV made the program a success.

The program formally ended by handing over a token of love to the resource person and quick discussion on possible topics for next sessions.

“Think, Eat, save and BLOG”

With the aim of celebrating the World Environment Day 2013, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) is organizing a week long Environment Week. As a part of the week-long program, NYCA proudly presents “Think, Eat, save and BLOG” Competition. The main objective of this Blog Competition is to aware youths, environmental enthusiasts and the future generation on the UN Environment Day Theme, the importance of rational food habits: reducing food waste and loss across the food supply chain and to encourage the amateur bloggers of the nation.

Submission Guidelines and Event Timeline

  • The theme of the competition is “Think, Eat, Save”. Engaging, interesting, and passionate posts are welcomed.
  • The blogposts should be clear, concise and ORIGINAL!
  • The blogposts should have minimum of 600 and maximum 800 words. English and Nepali medium are both welcome.
  • The blogposts should be submitted to the email nyca.np@gmail.com by May 31st 2013.
  • All the submitted posts will be judged by an expert jury panel and 10 best blogs will be shortlisted by June 1st. The shortlisted 10 blogs will be posted on the Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) facebook page.
  • The shortlisted bloggers are then encouraged to gain maximum likes on their blogposts by sharing them with their friends in facebook list.
  • The facebook promotion of the blogs should stop by 5 pm NST on 4th June, 2013.
  •  The top 3 blogs will be selected on the basis of Maximum likes obtained by the blogs on our facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/NYCANepal?ref=hl
  • The 3 winners will be announced on June 4th after 5 pm
  • The top 3 winners will be awarded NRs. 2500, 1500 and 1000 respectively. The winners will be invited to Nepal Environment Film Festival finale afternoon, which is to be held at Russian Culture Center, Kamalpokhari on June 5th, 2013.

 

For further details

Rajan Thapa

Nepalese Youth for Climate Action
Website :www.nyca.net.np
Email: nyca.np@gmail.com

Ph: 01 4464981, 9841661146

 

For further reading:

http://www.unep.org/wed/quickfacts/

http://nepalstudycenter.unm.edu/MissPdfFiles/FoodSecurityNaturalCapital_Conflict_Poster.pdf

ftp://ftp.fao.org/OSD/CPF/Country%20NMTPF/Nepal/thematic%20studies/Food%20Security%20_Final_.pdf

http://www.wfp.org/content/nepal-food-security-bulletins-2012

Nepal Environment Week 2013

env33Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) with support from its partner organizations is continuously organizing awareness, advocacy and action campaign nationally since the time of its establishment. In the year 2009, 2010 and 2011 we were came up with the creative idea of celebrating environment day through Mega event “Eco-football: Goal Against Climate change” with main objective to spread message nationally through media and through participants same as in 2012 we organized Third Nepalese Youth Climate Summit in Pokhara to advocate youths from grassroots level.
This year, NYCA has come up with more creative, result oriented plan for bigger and better event to mark the world environment day 2013. The Environment day will celebrate for one whole week with many events in Nepal.

Following are the major activities that we have come up with:
a)Facebook and social networking campaign
Knowing the effectiveness of social networking tools in campaigning, a massive awareness campaign using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Blog will be organized throughout the Week. During the campaign, photo profile and status of most of the youth and other people in Facebook will be same with the common theme, blog competition on theme of World Environment Day 2013. Among the blogs best 3 will publish on NYCA official website and the different message will be circulated through Facebook, twitter and other social networking tools.

b)Nepal Environment Film Festival (NEFF)
Nepal Environment Film Festival is one of the events which will be organized in mid of the environment week on 3, 4 and 5 June 2013. The latest documentaries short films and movie clips on different environmental issues will be screened during this festival. The two hour documentary/film screening will be followed by the talk program and discussion on issues highlighted by the documentaries. NYCA will try to have the presence of documentary producer and subject related expert in the discussion session every day.

Date : 3 to 5 June 2013
Time : 2 to 5 PM
Venue : Russian Culture center
Entrance : Tickets for Corporate houses and free invitation pass for general public

c)Climate Song
A song will be prepared which will be sang by renowned artists and officially the lyrics is called on opening of Environmental Film Festival and will be played in 6th Anniversary of NYCA (August 10, 2013)
d)Idea Challenge
Idea Challenge is a competition will be done through the social media facebook, where people can post their creative and genuine ideas. Among them NYCA choose the best idea will implement in Environment week 2013.

Little about Nepalese Youth For Climate Action

Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) is a youth lead coalition of the Nepalese youth and youth groups tackling climate change, the biggest challenge of our generation. NYCA was established in August 10, 2008 with the motto “Caring for Climate, Caring for Ourselves”.

Vision
We envision an economically prosperous and sustainable Nepal where youth play an active role in leading the society towards cleaner future.

Goals
Our goal is to protect Nepal and the Nepalese people from the adverse impacts of climate change by spreading awareness, advocating policies and taking action. We aim to play a key role in transitioning Nepal towards climate resilience by leading adaptation efforts and mitigation of GHGs.

Objectives
We work with the following objectives

  • To raise awareness in local, national and international level regarding climate change.
  • To educate, empower and mobilize youth to achieve our goals and vision.
  • To establish the network of youths in the Local, National, Regional and Global level for the Climate Campaigning.
  • To conduct the research and studies on the different components of climate change.
  • To support the Nepalese government in international negotiations for the strong lobbing on Nepal’s and Nepal member coalition’s position.
  • To pressurize the large GHGs emitting countries for deeper cuts in their emission within their boundaries
  • To pressurize developed countries to assist with the adequate and predictable financial support for the adaptation and transfer of the technology in the developing country.
  • To pressurize Nepalese government for switching towards the low carbon economy.

comprehensive website coming soon.