Thursday, January 20, 2011

Call for Contributions: Youth Corner on Climate Change Adaptation

Call for Contributions: Youth Corner on Climate Change Adaptation

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.

The Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) is a knowledge sharing platform connecting mountain regions and communities through dialogue and networking. Managed ICIMOD, APMN captures, enriches, and disseminates information on mountain development issues in and for the Asia-Pacific region. Apart from operating as the Asia Pacific office of key international networks (Mountain Forum and Mountain Partnership), APMN, in recent years, has developed new initiatives to bring closer all stakeholders, including youth, media and civil society, who are advocating for Mountain Agenda (MA) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), from local to global level, aiming to make visible the mountain issues, and heard the voices of mountain people during international processes, including UN climate change negotiations, UNCSD meetings and Rio+20 meeting among others.

Since climate change is affecting almost every sector of society, it is not wise to rely on existing mechanisms to address all these problems. In this context, youth can be an ice-breaker by improving community awareness; advocating climate action at local, national, and international levels; promoting research and climate resilient development; enhancing institutional mechanisms; putting pressure on national governments and international communities to make them give proper attention to climate change; and, most importantly, identifying missing links and communities that are still excluded from discussions on climate change in order to reach and enable them. Started in August 2009, the Youth for Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD)  initiative aims to address some of these areas, nationally, regionally and globally.

Call for contributions:
As one of the means to understand youth views on climate change adaptation, we are pleased to call for contributions on ‘youth and climate change’ theme from Nepalese youth. Your contribution may include posters, stories, videos or any other artworks reflecting ‘how climate change is affecting mountain ecosystems and people?’, ‘how are the communities responding to them?’, and ‘what do you think are the effective responses?’. All the entries should be sent to ICIMOD youth initiatives coordinator at, latest by 10 February 2011. Winning entries will be notified on or before 15 February 2011.

Participation criteria: This call is open to any participants meeting following three criteria:
·         A Nepalese national or someone who is working in Nepal for last more than six months;
·         Less than 29 years of age, inclusive (reference date: 12 August 2011); and
·         British Council’s International Climate Champion, ICIMOD/APMN’s Youth Forum alumni, APMN community member or member of youth organisations who have working relationship with APMN, and student from the member universities of the Himalayan University Consortium (Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University)

If you are not sure whether you meet the criteria above or not, please write to us.

Prize and opportunities: Top 10 entries will:
·         receive a cash prize equivalent to USD 100 (in local currency);
·         receive a certificate of achievement,
·         automatically become member of ICIMOD/APMN’s Youth Forum network (this opens rooms for participation in future events of APMN),
·         be offered guidance from APMN team to make their work more appealing and presentable (ICIMOD/APMN reserves the rights to change the presentation format, if required), and
·         be invited to exhibit their work on 12 March 2011 (which is mandatory for all the winners) in a special programme organised by ICIMOD at its headquarters to mark ICIMOD Nepal Day. ‘Youth Corner on Climate Change Adaptation: exhibition of works of Nepalese youth’ is planned as part of the ICIMOD Nepal Day event.

Winning entries will also be published in a book form after the event.

Important dates:
Submission deadline:                     10 February 2011
Notification of result:                     15 February 2011
Further improvements:                15-28 February 2011
Exhibition:                                           12 March 2011

For further information:
Tek Jung Mahat, Node Manager – APMN
ICIMOD, GPO Box 3226,  Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel +977-1-5003222, Direct Line 5003310 Ext 104
Fax +977-1-5003277 

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