Updates on Walk the Talk Conference 2018

Our Walk the Talk program, an unique conference for experience and learning exchange between Scientists, Practitioners, Local Leaders and Communities in Khumbu region, Nepal, has already kicked off from yesterday. Nepal Geographical Society has organised the conference. The first day (10 December, 2018) started with our early flight to Lukla, where we had a brief introduction session in NorthFace Lodge. Dr. Dhananjay Regmi inaugurated the introduction session. We are a team of 25 individuals including scientists from 6 countries. Then the day moved ahead with four hours walk to Phakding. Yesterday, we had presentation from Dr. Monique Fort from University of Paris, France sharing her research findings on “Geomorphological response and damage resulting from April-May 2015 earthquake in Solukhumbu: Links with 1985 GOLF?” in Mountain Resort, Phakding. Large number of local communities were gathered and we had a very fruitful discussion afterwards. In addition, local communities were very appreciative of the conference and wished every researcher should share their research work, outcomes as well as recommendations which would help communities in future.

Group photo of the participants in Lukla
Dr. Monique and Dr. Dhananjaya talking about the conference and research in Phakding
Dr. Moniqe interacting with the local communities in Phakding
Dr. Alton Byers (right) and Dr. Scott Watson (left) participating in Dr. Moniqe presentation

Today (11 December, 2018), the team walked for about 7 hours to Namche Bazaar. We had two presentations in Khumbu Lodge. The first one was from Dr. Teiji Watanabe from Hokkaido University, Japan entitled “Can local people run away when GLOF occurs and when earthquake induced flood occurs?” followed by Dr. Scott Watson’s presentation on “Understanding the importance and evolution of Himalayan debris and glaciers”. He also exhibited his 3D model of the study which showed the changes occurring in glaciers in Khumbu region. Local communities were pleased to know the research outcomes on hazards in the area and how to be safe in future in those times.

Dr. Scott Watson giving his presentation on his research in Namche Bazaar
Participants observing 3D model of Dr. Scott’s research
Discussion session in Namche Bazaar

It has been a very interesting experience these past two days for both participants and communities. We are excited for the upcoming days!

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