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Get Connected Online to the ‘Earth Observation Symposia’ in Kathmandu

Posted by NYCA Blogger on October 1, 2010

Announcement from ICIMOD

30 September 2010,

Dear All,

Important dignitaries including Honourable Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Govt of India; Mr Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator; Mr Michael Yates, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID; Prof Jose Achache, Director, Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat, Switzerland; together with many high-level delegates from ICIMOD regional member countries are expected to attend these events International Symposium on “Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region” from 4-6 October, 2010 at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu. The symposia will be attended by high level delegates comprising government officials, scientists, researchers, development practitioners, policy-makers, media representatives, and youth group. Some 250 participants are expected from 24 countries from the region and abroad. Coinciding with the International symposium three pre-and-post symposium events are being organised:

  • Special Event: Youth Forum – Empowering Youth with Earth Observation Information for Climate Actions in the Himalayas, 1-6 October, Venue ICIMOD
  • Pre-symposium workshop on Space based Information for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management, 2-3 October, Venue ICIMOD
  • SERVIR Himalaya Regional Inception workshop, 7 October, Venue ICIMOD.

The event is first-of-its-kind in the region with an aim to promote a regional and international cooperation in bridging the important data gap for improved scientific knowledge and understanding for adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya.

Get connected to the symposia online in the following ways:

Throughout the events there will be a chance to instantly share your thoughts, ideas and criticism using a specifically created twitter wall. Simply add “#earthobs2010” into your tweet, which will be visible at the event venue as well. You can also follow the tweets of “EarthSymposium”, which will retweet some of the posts and is already working. Secondly, we set up a Blog for the week of events. The Blog will be constantly updated. We welcome comments, analysis and creative ideas on the individual posts. You can also send your own posts, photos and other documents via and and we will share them with other participants and the international audience of the blog. You should also check out our features, such as interviews with some of the speakers and participants, and video recordings from some of the events. Finally we have set up a facebook group “International Symposium 2010” which will enable participants to keep in touch long after the events.

For any questions regarding the online interaction please do not hesitate to contact Olivia at or Bikash Dangol at

We are looking forward to your valuable contributions and a fruitful event!

Best regards,



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