Nepal and Germany to cooperate on climate change science

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Nepal and Germany sign the MoU for scientific cooperation on cliamte change adaptation. From left to right: H.E. Matthias Meyer (German Ambassador to Nepal); Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence (IASS); Dr. Birgit Lode (IASS; CCAC Steering Committee); Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel (Vice-Chancellor, NAST); Dr. Buddhi Ratna Khadge (Secretary, NAST);

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave way for Nepalese and German scientists to work together in the field of climate change adaptation was signed on February 24th in a ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal. The signing marks the opening of a new avenue of cooperation in the field of science and technology between Nepal and Germany.

According to the MoU the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS),  based in Potsdam, Germany, will provide personnel, resources, scientific expertise, technical assistance, and access to instruments and atmospheric observatories for joint activities with the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). This research will produce scientific data to provide inputs to policy measures in developing responses to climate change.

Vice Chancellor of NAST Professor Dr. Jibaraj Pokharel and Director of Programs of IASS, Germany, Professor Dr. Mark Lawrence singed the MoU in a ceremony at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. German Ambassador to Nepal Matthias Meyer was present on the occasion.

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Participants included: Dr. Birgit Lode (IASS; CCAC Steering Committee); Dr. Maheswar Ru-pakheti (IASS); Dr. Buddhi Ratna Khadge (Secretary of NAST); Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence; Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel (Vice-Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)); H.E. Matthias Meyer (German Ambassador to Nepal); Mr. Ganesh Shah (former Environment Minister, Nepal).

Dr. Jibaraj Pokharel, Vice Chancellor of NAST said the MoU was just a beginning and that NAST would work with IASS to enhance the people of Nepal's resilience and ability to cope with the challenges posed by climate change.

German Ambassador Matthias Meyer said science is complex for laymen but its advancement will contribute to making people’s lives easier. “Nepal falls among countries vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, innovation of science is the only way to save lives from this challenge”, he added.

Nepal falls among countries vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, innovation of science is the only way to save lives from this challenge.
Matthias Meyer
German Ambassador to Nepal

Prof. Mark Lawrence shed light on the activities of IASS and said that his institution would work to realize the objectives of the MoU with NAST. 

The NAST is an autonomous apex body established in 1982 to promote science and technology in Nepal. It is entrusted with responsibilities of advancing of science and technology for national development, among others.

IASS, based in the city of Potsdam, Germany, is an interdisciplinary institute engaged in the promotion of science and research on global sustainability. It is currently undertaking two research programmes in the Kathamndu Valley, aimed at better understanding and addressing air pollution in Nepal.

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