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SERVIR-Himalaya Youth Forum - “Empowering Youth with Earth Observation Information for Climate Actions in Nepal”

Climate change is most critical concern of today with younger generation expected to face enormous challanges in the future. The global climate change discourse has put the Himalayan region in the center of international attention as one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world. It is therefore important to create awareness among youths for mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is implementing the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the goal to improve environmental management and resilience to climate change. The SERVIR-Himalaya science applications include the areas of cryosphere and water, ecosystems and biodiversity, agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, and air quality monitoring.This Youth Forum is being organized by ICIMOD in collaboration with AITM and the Nepal GIS Society and is part of the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative. The main aim of the Youth Forum is to raise awareness and empower youth in Nepal on the use of earth observation information and allied technologies for climate actions.Objectives:  
  • Educate and inspire young people about geospatial science, earth observation, and its potential to address climate change issues;
  • Provide hands-on exercises with GIS software and GPS systems and online mapping resources;
  • Have participants prepare a short essay proposing innovative ideas on how to use geospatial technologies to research, visualize or otherwise address climate change issues;
  • Provide a platform and network for mutual sharing and learning of experiences among youth, and;
  • Increase the visibility of SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative among youths in Nepal.
 Youths from different professional backgrounds, universities, and colleges in Nepal (20 – 25 years of age) with interest in climate change issues and geospatial science and technology are requested to submit the application with a short CV, a motivation letter outlining his/her specific interests, and a short essay proposing innovative geospatial ideas, research projects or applications to address climate change issues.Application Deadline:20 November 2013Application should be submitted online to Suyesh Pradhan at suypradhan@icimod.org Further information is available onhttp://www.icimod.org/?q=11930