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Conference Wrap-Up and Final Good-Byes

After 18 days of trekking through the Khumbu, the expedition team returned to chaotic world of Kathmandu for a two-day knowledge sharing conference and a daylong writer’s workshop. After settling-in to the hustle and bustle of the city, we dug into the task at hand: to pull together our experience and knowledge to create tangible recommendations for future work.

Collaboration between scientists like these, researchers, NGOs, government, communities, and all stakeholders is the way to truly solve the problems of climate change.

On the first day of the conference, we listened to talks on glaciers, glacial lakes, and water management that supplemented the information gained on the expedition. On the second day, we streamlined this information into priority recommendations for future research and action. The writer’s workshop solidified these recommendations by drafting one-page proposal outlines for the key recommendations.

One of the most exciting outcomes of the expedition and the subsequent workshops is the formation of the new Global Glacial Lake Partnership, a network of scientists, researchers, NGOs, government, communities, and other stakeholders that will collaborate to address issues of glacial lake management through research and tangible action. It will be fascinating to see how the Global Glacial Lake Partnership evolves and to see the varied research, action projects, and knowledge that emerge from the members.

As participants depart for their home countries and the expedition ends, there is a tangible excitement for the future. And with the Global Glacial Lake Partnership, future collaboration is inevitable.

Thank you for following our stories from the field, and be on the lookout for future glacial lake expeditions across the globe, including here on The Mountain Institute Expedition Blog. To stay informed of future TMI expeditions and treks, make sure to become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already.

Namaste from Nepal!

- Kate

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One Response to Conference Wrap-Up and Final Good-Byes

  1. Tayor Cook says:

    Sounds like it was a fantastic and productive trip. What are your next steps in formalizing the organization? James and I would love to help another TMI initiative!

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