“Make Nepal Green” Initiative
From 22-23 February 2016, solar energy entrepreneur Huang Ming (2011, China) Lobzang Tsultim of India’s Ladakh Ecological Development Group (1986, India) and Koichi Kato, President of Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union in Japan (1989, Japan) participated in a seminar in Kathmandu, Nepal, to share their expertise and support Laureate Shrikrishna Upadhyay of SAPPROS-Nepal (2010, Nepal) and their partners in the “Make Nepal Green” initiative.
The initiative, launched in the aftermath of the devastating April 2015 earthquakes, seeks to realise a vision of a ‘Green Nepal’, one that combines rural rejuvenation with renewable energy and organic farming with information technology. It seeks to foster prosperity, advance sustainable development, and strengthen local communities in addition to the Nepali nation as a whole.
Outcomes of this meeting included the creation of a ‘Make Nepal Green Fund’ and a ‘Kathmandu Declaration’, which was designed to serve as a roadmap for the future. The Declaration was presented to the Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli by Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chair of the Board at the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. Laureates and press representatives also participated in a field visit to areas near Pokhara, where they examined renewable energy, eco-tourism, and organic farming initiatives and discussed ways in which they can be promoted.