In late April, Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, visited Kathmandu, Nepal, to meet with colleagues with whom he had worked on a number of previous glacial hazards projects.
While in Kathmandu he was able to meet with Dr Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), to discuss capacity building with respect to managing glacial hazards. Prof. Reynolds first starting working with DHM in 1996 and has pioneered the management of glacial hazards in the Nepal Himal. The most notable project was the lowering of the lake level at Tsho Rolpa, Rolwaling Himal, achieved in 1999-2000, the first of its kind in the Himalayas. The issue of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) and climate change has reached new levels of political awareness with the Government of Nepal and with new initiatives through the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility beginning imminently. RIL is in discussion over a number of new projects in both Nepal and Bhutan with international consultants and donors as well as with partners in Nepal.