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"This is a self-created mess and nobody is going to solve it," said Dipak Gyawali, a water resources expert and former water resources minister of Nepal, "until they manage to forget the big hydropower projects, and dreams of exporting electricity."
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Dipak GyawaliDirector, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation; Pragya (Academician) Royal Nepal Academy of Science and TechnologyDipak Gyawali is a hydroelectric power engineer and a political economist who, during his time as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003, initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural participation in governance.He also initiated the first national review and comparison of Nepali laws with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams.
Mr. Gyawali has been a visiting professor at the UN University in Japan as well as research scholar at the East-West Center in Hawaii, Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the London School of Economics and the International Environment Academy in Switzerland.His research focuses on the interface between technology and society as related to water and energy issues.
Mr. Gyawali has served on several government commissions related to Himalayan water and energy resources development; has served as a member of the panel of experts for the Mekong River Commission reviewing its basin development plan; has published extensively both academically and in the popular press on water resource, environment and development issues; was the founding chair of the poverty alleviation focused NGO, Rural Self Reliance Development Center; is the founding chair of Nepal's first liberal arts college, the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities; and serves as advisor to Nepali associations such as Biogas Support Program and to international organizations such as The STEPS Center/University of Sussex and UN World Water Assessment Program (Perugia, Italy).
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Prof. Dipak Gyawali, former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal, will take up his duty as a UNU-IAS TKI/UNESCO Visiting Professor on Water and Cultural Diversity on 12 October 2010.
The Professorship will be hosted by the United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan, as part of the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Water Project and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) project on Water and Cultural Diversity.
The aim of the Professorship is to respond to an international call for further research in the areas of water and cultural diversity - specifically in how cultural diversity can suggest pathways for and be integrated into sustainable water resource management and successful water policies.
The Professor will be tasked with, among other things, providing concrete advice on how the importance of the links between water, cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, and global environmental changes can be better recognised in water management and policies.
During his time in Japan, Mr Gyawali will participate in side-events at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and will deliver a series of lectures at Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Tskuba University and Tokyo University in Japan.
He will also write articles and working papers on the topic.
Mr Dipak Gyawali is currently Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Research Director of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation.He is a hydroelectric power engineer and a political economist who, during his time as Minister of Water Resources, initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural participation in governance.He has been involved, inter alia, as guest scholar and researcher at various institutions such as the Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the Norwegian Center for Research in Organization and Management, the International Environmental Academy in Geneva, and at the London School of Economics.Mr Gyawali has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society, and has published numerous articles on the topic of water, energy, dams, and climate change issues.
Dipak GyawaliDipak Gyawali, who is Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and Research Director of the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, studied hydroelectric power engineering from Moskovsky Energetichesky Institute, USSR (1979) and Political Economy of Resources at the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California, Berkeley (1986).His interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on society technology resource base interface, with water and energy as entry points.
He served as Nepal's Minister of Water Resources (responsible for power, irrigation and flood control) between November 2002 and May 2003, chairs Nepal's first liberal arts college, and is on the advisory board of associations dealing with community electricity, biogas, water supply and sanitation etc.He was UNESCO/UNU-IAS Visiting Professor of Water and Cultural Diversity in Yokohama in October/November 2010, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of United Nations' World Water Assessment Program.He has served as a member of the Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission, was on the International Environmental Advisory Board of Coca Cola, was a Trustee of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation, as well as the founding chair of Grameen Swabalamban Bikas Kendra, a grassroots empowerment group working for poverty alleviation in remote areas of Nepal.
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