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Friday, 18 May 2012

Ways of Knowing: Educating for Sustainability

The University of Greenwich invites to a Natural Learning and Environments Conference on Friday June 15th 2012. The title of the conference is "Ways of Knowing: Educating for Sustainability".

Further Details (Please click the poster below.) ::


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Appearances of GLOF Disaster in Nepal

Though there were many GLOFs in Nepal in the past as mentioned hereunder the detailed features of a GLOF itself were not well investigated because of its occurrence in the remote areas. Among the GLOFs which have occurred in Nepal, only two were investigated in detail. One was the flood of 1981 generated from the glacier lake on the Zhangzangbo glacier located at the head of a tributary of Boqu river (Sun Koshi in Nepal) in Tibet. The other was Dig Tsho GLOF occurred in 1985. The Lake was formed on the Langmoche glacier in Khumbu region of East Nepal. Both are typical moraine-dammed lakes. To understand a GLOF impact let us review the Dig Tsho GLOF as an illustration.

Early morning on 4th August 1983, on a fine day of the monsoon season the nearly completed Namche Hydropower plant was fully destroyed by a flood which occurred unexpectedly. No heavy rain had fallen on the previous days. Investigations in the upstream  reaches to identify the cause of the flood revealed that outbrust of the Dig Tsho glacier lake demand by the moraine was responsible for the flooding. The Dig Tsho lake had been separated from the mother glacier. Langmoche, by the glacier retreat and may have been formed within the last 25 years. One-third of the lake was covered by the floating ice like Ice-shelf on the upstream end of the lake, which is formed by the debris of the avalanches falling along the steep glacier. The lake was dammed by the end moraine of 60m height from the valley bed. The volume of water store in the lake was estimated to be about 6.75 x 10^6 m^3. The lake size was approximately 1.5 Km in length, an average of 300m in width and 18m in maximum depth. The moraine- dam was assumed to be broken by an over-stopping of 4-6m high wave. Which was generated by the Ice avalanche from Langmoche glacier with an estimated volume of 1-2 x 10^5 m^3 falling down into the lake. Finally lake water amounting to 5x 10^6 m^3 in volume was released through the breach during 5 hours and 8.8 x 10^5 m^3 of the moraine materials was eroded at the breach. The maximum discharge was estimated 1.600m^3/s along the river in the reach between 25km and 40km in distance from the flood source. Where the average gradient of the river bed is 0.06. The trace of the flood is still clearly seen in the satellite imagery.

The surge including heavy debris inflicted serious damages along the rivers of the Langmoche Khola. Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi within a distance of 40 km from the flood source. The Namche hydropower plant at 12 km downstream, 30 houses, 14 bridges, trails and cultivated lands were washed away as well as three human lives and several livestock were lost. In addition the GLOF also destroyed the fragile Himalayas nature by both erosion and sedimentation along the river course. The direct action of rushing water excavated river banks by lateral erosion and undercutting. Which damaged also the forest adjoining the river banks. After suffering the destructive GLOF impact many researchers had investigated the Dig Tsho GLOF. Nepal Government also directed to study general features of a glacier lake and the GLOF phenomena in Nepal as well as in the upstream area of the international rivers, Bhote Kosi coming from tibet. No one had paid any attention to the existence of the GLOF phenomenon in the Nepal Himalayas before the Dig Tsho GLOF because the Zhangzangbo GLOF which had occurred four years ago in 1981 was considered to be a normal flood and not yet recognized as a GLOF then. The Dig Tsho GLOF was an eye- opening event for high rank officials, engineers, planners and technicians of His Majesty's Government of Nepal and concerned agencies of the water resources development sector. Since the Arun 3 Hydropower project had advanced to a feasibility study level at that time. GLOF related anxiety crept into the Project.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Scholarships for Developing Countries in different trainings by EPFL, Switzerland 2012

I hope that it is not cross posting as these are indeed supporting training for ESD / SE.

Please find the information below.

Scholarships Provided by: EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Scholarships Subject Areas: Disaster risk, climate change adaptation, environmental sciences, civil engineering, architecture, physics, mathematics, human sciences, sociology, geography

Scholarship Target Countries: Developing countries or Emerging Countries

Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at EPFL, Switzerland will be organising a course called Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR). This is the third batch for this special course.

The Certificate course will include a preparation phase at first where e-learning will be used, then a theory based school will be organised in Switzerland which will be followed by fieldwork in Bangladesh.

Altogether up to thirty candidates will be accepted for the certificate programme for this year.

Scholarships: Plenty of partial and full scholarships are provided to candidates from developing and emerging countries. Such grants will cover tuition fees, accommodation and fooding in Switzerland and Bangladesh.

The last date to apply is 10 June 2012.

Language: Good knowledge of English language.

Application Procedure
This scholarship announcement is taken by Nepal Scholarship from EPFL’s website with an intention of disseminating the information to a wider audience. Further details can be found in the original source link below. Read more about CDRR 2012 Edition  Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR)

School Enterprise Challenge 2012 - Register Today and Win $5,000 for your School!

Please find the message from the UK based organisation 'Teach Man to Fish'.

Dear Friend,

We are pleased to invite you to take part in this year’s School Enterprise Challenge. This global competition is open to all schools and is a great opportunity to become part of a global network of schools and have a chance of winning the $5000 top prize! Why not register today?

This unique opportunity encourages schools to establish sustainable student-led businesses that will allow your students to gain valuable experience in:
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Creative and entrepreneurial thinking to tackle challenging tasks
  • Relationship building with schools overseas

This fantastic opportunity also comes with some great prizes, including, among others:
  • $5000: for the school with the winning business.
  • $1000: for the winning school in each country.
  • $2000: for the best overall teacher.
  • A Laptop: for the best overall student.

If your school would like to take part in this great competition, please apply by clicking on the link below and completing our online application form. For more information see the attached flyer, visit our website or send us an email.

We look forward to receiving you application.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Context of Green Economy

What - or howsoever we are talking about the green economy nowadays, first of all we should have a green attitude within us. The green economy should be an instrument for sustainable development, poverty reduction and for inclusive and equitable economic growth. Economic growth must be sustainable, supported by well-functioning markets, and preferential markets, and preferential access for green products at prices that reflect the scarcity value of the natural resources and value of local entrepreneurship/labor. Further, property rights must be clearly defined to enable and encourage true stakeholders to use natural resources sustainably- both individually and collectively. There must also be provisions for technology adaptation and transfer, easy finance, capacity building and favorable terms of trade and transit facilities to LDCs in order to facilitate economic transformation that is needed for sustainable development. Proven, people-centred, pro-poor, sustainable, and green development interventions should be planned considering tenurial scarcity and property rights of indigenous people and local communities to land and other natural resources. This would also require national commitment to enact appropriate legal and policy frameworks.

Developing countries in general and mountainous LDCs in particular need support for adopting the customising policies and strategies, and special provisions for meeting their additional financial, technical and capacity building requirements. Unsustainable consumption patterns, particularly in developed countries, must be changed as the trend is also catching up in urban centres of developing countries. Green economy should encourage the formulations and implementation of the policies and mechanism that are conducive in engaging governments, private sector and the civil society in the green enterprises. Training, capacity building and targeted interventions, including financial and credit facilities, can help to increase participation and enable the poor, women and socially excluded groups, and promote gender and social equity in education, skills and entrepreneurship development, health care, child welfare and social security. 

The LDCs and mountainous countries have very low capacity to control and manage the expanding ecological footprint of globalization. Special safeguard measures and global commitment is needed to ensure the promotion of the natural resources of environmentally vulnerable countries, for protection of the natural resources of environmentally vulnerable countries, for protecting livelihood that are being affected by both economic globalization and global climate change.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Eco exhibition of 2011

Hereby we share the video of the eco-exhibition held at school. The documentary on climate change, reusing art from the waste, fashion items from the waste, ecocity model, phewa watershed model, trash journal, clean energy mini models, weather station and posters displays were awesome.


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