Resources Himalaya Foundation and Environmental Graduates in Himalaya successfully conducted 110th series of PYCF with Dr. Mohan Bahadur Chand, Program Manager in the Research and Development Department at Local Action for Global Health and Environment Training and Research Center Pvt. Ltd. (LTRC), Dhangadi, Kailali on March11, 2022 on title “Glacial Lake Development and Associated Hazards in Nepal”.
The program started with the brief introduction of guest speaker from EGH coordinator, Ms. Saraswati Thapa Chhetri, and the platform was passed to Dr. Mohan Bahadur Chand. Giving an outline on glacial lakes and their types, glacial lakes in Nepal and the associated hazards were focused. Out of 131 potentially dangerous lakes in 2015, 19 lakes are of very high hazard, 11 with very high impact and 11 with very high risk. Potential impacts of the Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) likely to increase in the future with increase in number of glacial lakes as water storage is changing from glaciers to lakes and becoming the source of GLOFs. In addition, Ngozompa, Khumbu, BhoteKoshi and Lumsamba were mentioned as emerging lakes. Giving a blink on the mitigation work, lowering the lake, establishing early warning system and mock drill event was carried out in Imja Lake. Establishment of glacial lake hazard management authority and glacial lake monitoring system, necessity of geomorphological and field based study of glacial lakes and implementation of mitigation and adaptation efforts were presented as the way forward to control the glacial lake outburst. The presentation was followed by discussion session. The program ended with vote of thanks from Dr. Dinesh Neupane, Executive Director of RHF and token of appreciation from Prof. Dr. Ram Bahadur Chhetri, Chairperson of RHF for our guest speaker.