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Radio programs on environmental issues

Hariyo Ban Program organized media workshop ‘Earth Matters: Changing the Lens of Environment Reporting’ to mark Earth Day 2013. The workshop, held on April 22 and 23, 2013, aimed to impart 12 journalists of audio, print and digital media with skills to connect the dots between the local, national, and global context. It also helped them learn more about the country’s pressing environment issues and the role they can play in establishing linkage between environment and broader socio-political issues. As a follow up of the workshop they were taken to Central and Western Terai Arc Landscape (Chitwan and Bardia) to gain practical understanding of critical issues. Many of these journalists came back to produce Hariyo Ban Program inspired news and stories from the field. Two of the radio programs are below.

Sajha Nepal (12 May 2013)

One of the journalists, Deepak Adhikari, from Community Information Network (CIN), incorporated the trip highlights into a half-hour episode of a radio program ‘Sajha Nepal’ that was aired on 12 May, 2013 through various community radios across Nepal. The program incorporates discussions with experts about ongoing activities within and around Chitwan National park, along with the challenges faced.
© Community Information Network
Harit Dhwani (5 June 2013)

Another journalist, Niraj Babu Bhatta, from Sunaulo FM of Pokhara, incorporated the visit to a homestay in Dalla, Bardia into a half-hour episode of a radio program ‘Harit Dhwani’ that was aired on 5 June, 2013. The program includes discussions on the importance of ecotourism carried out through the homestay in Dalla, a village that is adjacent to Khata Wildlife Corridor.
© Sunalo FM
© Sunalo FM
The Seti River Flood video

Seti river is located in western region of Nepal. It rises in the foothills of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains of the Central Himalayas and is one of the tributaries of the Gandaki River system. In the early hours of 5th May 2012, the usually calm flow of the Seti river swelled unexpectedly into a huge flood, claiming the lives of many and destroying billions of rupees worth of property. The flood lasted for about three hours.

Understanding the scientific cause of such a flash flood during the dry season and the devastation brought about by it has been a matter of great concern and urgency for all. Incidents such as this have flagged the need for timely research and disaster risk preparedness to avert similar disasters in the future that could occur here or in other parts of the country.

The Seti River Flood Language: English Duration: 16:14 minutes

सेती नदीको बाढी भाषा: नेपाली अवधि: १९:३९ मिनेट

Batawaran Dabali

Twenty two episodes of the environmental radio program “Batawaran Dabali”[Environment Forum] were funded by the Hariyo Ban Program from July to November 2013. This radio program produced by Radio Sagarmatha aimed to raise the awareness of local communities on climate change, its impacts andmeasures of adaptation, sustainable forest management and future scenario of climate change. Radio Sagarmatha is the first independent community radio station in all of South Asia, with a wide coverage across the country. Batawaran Dabali was produced by Radio Sagarmatha and also broadcasted through its local networks in particular spots throughout the nation, to increase the access of local communities to these significant environmental issues.

Through different studies and assessments, the Hariyo Ban Program has determined that the vulnerabilities of particular river basins, biodiversity hot spots and wetlands in the Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (CHAL), is very high. These vulnerabilities directly impact agricultural patterns and produce, which in turn affects the daily life of the local communities. Hence, it is essential to raise the awareness of local communities and this radio broadcasting was one of the efforts to raise discussions on climate change issues and its impacts and possible measures of adaptation. The program also tries to come up with possible local solutions of this global impact. The radio program covers a wide range of issues related to climate change, conservation and sustainable landscape, and will be beneficial not only for the local communities but also researchers and scientists interested in these pertinent topics. It is produced on the basis of local interviews, covering local knowledge on climate change issues, its impacts on ecosystem and livelihoods, and resilience building and adaptation strategies being followed by the communities. The weekly radio program also includes the climate adaptation activities carried out in CHAL and has tried to link the grass root level activities with the central policy on climate change, REDD and low carbon development framework.

Please click on the links placed on the right hand side to listen to episodes from 1 to 22 of the program.