By Rup Narayan Dhakal : Pokhara—A joint scientist team from the universities of Nepal and US has carried out a weeklong research in Annapurna Region of Nepal, basing on Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in Himalayas this week.
A total of four Scientists from California State University (CSU), Fresno, USA, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and Kathmandu Institute of Applied Science, Nepal along with 16 other researcher students were confined in the research team that mainly visited touristy village like Ghandruk and Landruk that fall inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
Urbanization and air pollution, natural resources management and people participation, solid waste management and environment change were the key contents of that research, informed Dr. Basant Giri, Analytical Chemist of Kathmandu Institute of Applied Science. The research team also took part in a culture show cum interaction organized at Landruk.
According to CSU Professor Dr. Mohan Dangi, the climate change is happening in the world and the Annapurna Regiona is not out of that phenomenon. He further added that the earth is being warmer than before and the apple farming in ACAP’s Mustang region is giving good output in upper height than before.
Dr. Kedar Rijal, the head of Professor of Central Department of Environmental Science,TU Kathmjandu, stressed on the need of research and development oriented learning that goes hand in hand with society. Institution of Engineering Pulchok Lalitpur Associate Professor Dr. Khem Paudel urged the government to allocate certain amount of budget for research and development in Nepal.
Model conservation tasks running by women in ACAP area, micro hydro projects, tourism, hospitality and cultural parts of Annapurna Region that touched the student researchers. Students- Michael Mayfield, Krishna Adhikari, Mette Dolberg, Marianna Fusich-Waller, Bandana Adhikari and Harold Gallagher also shared their research experiences during a press meet held just after completing the research journey to Himalayas of Nepal.