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.