Provincial Kickoff at Madhesh province for the project “Nepali Yuwa in Climate Action and Green Growth (NYCAGG)”

By Thinley Doma Ghale
Apr 11, 2022

A provincial kick-off meeting was held with consortium partners Youth Innovation Lab, Restless Development Nepal, CREASION, Center for Disaster and Management Studies in Janakpur, Madhesh Province on April 10, 2022, for the project “Nepali Yuwa in Climate Action and Green Growth (NYCAGG)” in the presence of Chief Minister Mr. Mohammad Lalbabu Raut Gaddhi.

This project is funded by the European Union and focuses on empowering youths in the age group of 15-29 years by offering them a platform for strengthening their entrepreneurial growth in the green economy sector.

Climate Fellowship, Climate Smart Entrepreneurship, Mentee-mentorship, Digital Advocacy, and Youth Sounding Board are the activities that are going to be conducted in this project to empower young people by providing job opportunities, generating innovative ideas to address climate and environmental issues, and advocating for policy changes that promote environmental protection.

The kickoff meeting focused on the overview of the project and encouraged the youths from the Madhesh province to participate in it. One of the major highlights of the event was the launch of the idea-call for Climate Smart Entrepreneurship by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhesh Province, Mr. Mohammad Lalbabu Raut Gaddhi, in Nepali, English, Maithili, and Bhojpuri. He encouraged all the youths to participate in the project and develop innovative green enterprises. He stated, “Madhesh Pradesh is more prone to disasters in comparison to other provinces of Nepal. In such, the youths of Madhesh have a crucial role in climate action. The Madhesh province government will do the necessary to mobilize youths in conserving the environment while venturing into innovative entrepreneurship.”

Ms. Chandra Thapa, Under Secretary of the National Youth Council, was also present at the kick-off and shared NYC’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship. She stated, “NYC has prioritized youth entrepreneurship and conducted several entrepreneurship literacy programs at the provincial level. Nepali youths are migrating abroad for a livelihood, and it is the government’s responsibility to provide income-generating opportunities for them.” She also shared how she learned about the importance of climate action through this kick-off event, and stressed on the need of establishing Innovation Labs across all provinces.

Aanand Mishra, the Founder and President of CREASION, also shared his thoughts on the environmental status-quo in the country. He stated, “If we don’t align our actions with the environment, it’s going to hurt the coming generations. Disasters are already getting more frequent and intense. It is time for us to act.” Speaking on the need to support youths, he also added, “Nepalese youths are moving abroad for studies and employment, due to a lack of opportunities here. Young Nepali people are innovative; they have great ideas, but don't have any support in making their ideas come to life. This program will provide them with the necessary mentorship and seed fund to realize their climate-smart business ideas.”

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