Subject: Press Release: Hydrological and meteorological equipment handed over for Nepal’s Kailash Sacred Landscape (12 April 2011)
From: “Nira Gurung”
Date: Tue, April 12, 2011 4:04 pm
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Dear Friends,

Pleased to share below a Press Release, ‘Hydrological and meteorological equipment
handed over for Nepal’s Kailash Sacred Landscape’ issued today in relation to the
handover of hydrological meteorological equipment to the Government of Nepal by
ICIMOD yesterday, 11 March 2011. It is also available on our website at

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in the news.

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Hydrological and Meteorological Equipment Handed Over for Nepal’s Kailash Sacred

Kathmandu, 12 April 2011

Dr. Nirmal H. Rajbhandari, Director General, Department of Department of Hydrology and
Meteorology of the Government of Nepal, received hydrological and meteorological equipment
worth two crore Nepalese Rupees from Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD,
under the agreement between the Government of Nepal and ICIMOD in a handover ceremony
held at the premises of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
on 11 April 2011.

Supported by the German Government through GIZ, the equipment will be used for
upgrading and maintaining existing hydrological and meteorological stations,
establishing new stations, and training, in the Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) area
in far western Nepal. The eight new sites identified are in Jumla, Simikot, Hilsa,
Rara, Chainpur, Darchula, Patan (Baitadi), and Chameliya.

Welcoming the participants to the handing over ceremony, Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli, the
Regional Coordinator of the Kailash Project, highlighted the importance of and need
for climate-related data to support effective decision making and policy
formulation. The equipment will allow Nepali institutions to levy the same quality
of data as in neighbouring India and China. This will help to develop a common and
coordinated approach for the development of the region around Mount Kailash, thus
supporting the programme facilitated by ICIMOD, which covers an area of 31,000 sq km
in the three countries.

“The equipment will help hydrometeorolgical data to be collected more systematically
and will strengthen the Department’s capacity in analysing the effects of climate
change in the region,” said Dr. Nirmal H. Rajbhandari, while receiving the equipment
on behalf of the Government of Nepal.

“The Kailash meteorological stations are being built to collect data which is not
only of regional but of global importance. This will help to understand and manage a
landscape that is being established both to conserve natural resources and to use
its ecosystem services to better adapt to climate change,” remarked HE Ms Verena
Gräfin von Röedern, German Ambassador to Nepal on the same occasion.

The ceremony was chaired by Dr. Ganesh Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Environment.

For further information contact:
Ms Nira Gurung, Communications Officer

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, (ICIMOD)
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
email: ,

Notes to Editor ICIMOD
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is a regional
knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member
countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan , China ,
India , Myanmar , Nepal , and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of
fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to
assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most
of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. We support
regional transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner
institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as a regional
knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional and global centres of
excellence. Overall, we are working to develop an economically and environmentally
sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and
to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream –
now, and for the future.

Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people
and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping
their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is all about. Established
on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of
the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical
cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally
owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in
the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also
engaged in international education work around the globe.

Nira Gurung
Communications Officer, Knowledge Management
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977-1-5003222 Ext 115 Fax +977-1-5003277 Web
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