Building a greater science society | ECCA hosts GLOBE Expedition to Nepal

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Learning Expedition was conducted from September 10 to September 16, 2017 at various places of Nepal. GLOBE Asia Pacific Regional Coordination Office conducted the program in association with Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) which has been working to implement GLOBE program in Nepal. ECCA hosted the program with initiation of Mr. Yogendra Chitrakar, GLOBE country coordinator for Nepal and Executive Director of ECCA and Dr. Desh Bandhu, coordinator of GLOBE Asia Pacific Regional Coordination Office.

The main objective of the program was to create a platform for exchanging learning and
experience related to the GLOBE program along with cultural knowledge exchange. The
expedition welcomed 37 participants from 4 countries (Oman, Thailand, Nepal and India) of the world. Students, teachers, country co-ordinators and trainers received an opportunity to conduct GLOBE protocols together in Pokhara, the City of Lakes.

Major Activities of the expedition included hydrology protocol study by participants at Trisuli River and Phewa Lake, Pokhara as well as soil study and cloud cover study. Participants also visited ICIMOD office later to gain an idea on Nepalese participation on remote sensing and use of scientific advancements for analyzing and conserving
HKH regions.

Experience sharing, Certificate Distribution and Closing Program were held on September 15.

“I really liked the hospitality of Nepal along with sharing of our GLOBE related knowledge”, said Chusma Trisuriyatumma. a student from Thailand.

Along with certificate distribution, experiences were shared by the participants. Ms. Sara Litke from US Embassy and Mr. Jay Pal Shrestha also attended the program and encouraged all to continue being part of scientific world and learning.

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(About GLOBE: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.)

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