On November 9, 2023, DPNet Nepal, in collaboration with USAID Tayar Nepal, organized the SUDRIDH Project-Participatory Review and Reflection Workshop. The event, presided over by Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet, featured discussions led by Mr. Kshitiz Paudel, Program Coordinator, highlighting the project’s phases and learnings. Guests including Mr. Tirtha Raj Joshi from USAID Tayar Nepal, Mr. Rishi Raj Acharya from MOFAGA, and Ms. Krishna Karkee from USAID Tayar Nepal, among others attended the event. Mr. Thapa expressed gratitude for Tayar’s support and acknowledged DPNet’s dedication to transparently achieving project goals. The event concluded with feedback for improvements and emphasized ongoing activities, such as earthquake response in Jakarkot and Bajhang, policy discussions, and coordination efforts. The event aimed to foster collaboration for future disaster risk reduction planning.
The Provincial Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (PPDRR) was formed in the Sudurpashchim Province on 8th November 2023. In support of Mercy Corps Nepal, NEEDS Nepal, and DPNet, the program was organized jointly by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law. It was attended by Chief Minister Kamal Bahadur Shah, Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Shivaraj Bhatta, Member of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Dr. Gangalal Tuladhar, and the representative of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Smita Paudel, among others.
The local governments within the Doda Watershed in Sudurpaschim Province have convened in a two-day workshop to address interconnected issues of disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development, and resilience. The workshop, held on November 7, 2023, in Dhangadhi, unanimously elected Ran Bahadur Mahar of Shuklaphanta Municipality as the leader of the newly formed Doda Watershed Multi-Stakeholder Platform, with Bimala Bohora, the Deputy Mayor of Parshuram Municipality, as Vice President; Nirmal Rana of Chairperson of Laljhadi Rural Municipality as Secretary; and Dhana Devi Thapa Magar of Deputy Chair of Chure Rural Municipality as Treasurer.
On November 4, DPNet organized a virtual discussion in response to the earthquake in Jajarkot, which occurred on November 3, 2023. The meeting was a significant gathering, with over 150 stakeholders participating and sharing their insights. The primary focus of the discussion was to strategize the immediate actions required in the wake of the disaster and to ensure an effective and coordinated response. The meeting has been decided that DPNet will take the lead in gathering information to compile a daily situation report, which will serve to minimize the duplication of efforts among the involved parties. Additionally, there is an immediate need for the mobilization of field staff to assess the actual on-ground situation from day one. DPNet will also put together a team dedicated to data collection and identifying the specific needs of different clusters affected by the earthquake.
On October 30, 2023, DPNet Nepal organized a Discussion on Enhancing Agriculture and Livestock Resilience post-Bajhang Earthquake in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The event aimed to plan and coordinate agriculture and livestock impact assessments, focusing on the needs of affected households. Key figures present at the discussion included Mr. Dhruba Bahadur Khadka, Under Secretary/ Spokesperson/Information Officer of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Dr. Arun Prakash Bhatta, Under Secretary at MoALD, Dr. Raju Thapa, Acting Chair of DPNet Nepal, Mr. Nawaraj Basnet, Chairperson of National Farmers Group Federation Nepal (NFGF), and Mr. Thakur P. Chauhan, Project Coordinator of FAO, among others from MoALD, DPNet, and FAO.
On October 19, 2023, DPNet Nepal hosted a virtual discussion focused on the Bajhang Earthquake Agriculture Resilience. Collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the event focused on the recent seismic events in Bajhang district: a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and a preceding 5.3 magnitude quake, which impacted grain storage and livestock housing.