On the occasion of World Water Day 2015 and as a part of Nepal Water Week 2015, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action together with Clean Energy Nepal, ENPHO, Paschim Paaila, UNYSAN and We for Earth organized an interaction program on “Youth Engagement in Water and sustainable Development” in Kathmandu on 19th March 2015. The interaction program was very interactive and informative with presence of about 45 participants from diverse background. Three presenters Mr. Hari Ram Koirala, Dr. Keshav Prasad Sharma PhD and Ms Padmajha Shrestha presented their presentation on the program.
On the very first presentation, Mr. Keshav Prasad Sharma, PhD Technical Manager, Adapt Nepal, presented on “Role of water in Sustainable Development”. He highlighted the importance of water on sustainable development and how water can play a role on Development. Defining the different forms of water as Health, industry, food etc he further explore water as source of production, growth as well as a source of destruction.
On the second session, Mr. Hari Ram Koirala, Former Secretary, Government of Nepal presented on the role of youth on sustainable development and on the different issues of water. He inspired young people to involve as a Water entrepreneur. Similarly, highlighting the role of water, he suggested youth to play a role of watch dog on the implementation of different plan and policy from government.
On the third presentation, Ms Padmajha Shrestha, Program Manager, ENPHO presented on the “Present Scenario of Drinking Water Quality in Nepal”. On her presentation she highlighted that the condition of drinking water in Kathmandu Valley is not good as there is a lot of contamination on the water. She added, the risk of E.Coli, Iron, and Magnese in the ground water is high. Defining the safe drinking water she also highlighted that drinking water of Kathmandu is more contaminated than that of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
At the last of the first session Mr. Buddha Bajcharya from Paschim Paaila presented the preliminary result the research that Paschim Paaila had done.
After all the presentation, the floor was opened for the Discussion session whereby many queries of the participants were addressed by the presenters.