As a young environmentalist who grew up in city of opulent cultural heritage, Bhaktapur, Krishna Hengaju is concerned about environmental conservation. He pursued his Masters in Environmental Science and Management. Besides his involvement in Climate Change issues in Nepal, he likes traveling, taking pictures and conducting research based on Climate Change and wildlife issues.
As professional, he is concerned with the ongoing global hot issues like climate change, which he mentions as “big double C”. He wishes to contribute his unstinting energy and enthusiasm to research on Climate Change, its impacts on different sectors and its solutions.
His fascination towards the environment and the Earth started when he was a child who learned about the Big Bang Theory in school. With increasing world temperature, sea level, Carbon dioxide level, extreme and unpredictable disaster, melting of snowcaps as a result of Global warming, he has been concerned about Climate Change from the very beginning.
While talking about the vulnerability to climate change in Nepal he states that, “In regard to the changing climactic phenomenon, agriculture land is turning to fallow land, snowcapped mountains to naked black nugget, scarcity of food & water. Countries like us have less adaptive capacity to deal with, remain highly vulnerable, and thus need extra efforts to act”.
In addition, to address these issues, Nepal government had prepared a National Adaption Program of Action (NAPA) and recently in process to prepare National Adaptation Plan (NAP) which was also recognized and extolled by the international community. There are 9 different thematic sectors identified by Ministry of Population and Environment. Explaining the effort by government, he says that if these issues are addressed properly, it will improve in building climate resilient communities, reducing poverty and enhancing livelihoods in Nepal.
Furthermore, he mentions that climate change issues in Nepal can be addressed if government, private sector, and communities will practice the proper implementation, financing, information dissemination, involvement of locals in decision making, good governance, and advocacy for the international support and contribution.
His immersion in “CC” started when he started Volunteering in WWF Nepal. His work was focused on variance analysis of Forest carbon in Sacred Himalayan Landscape i.e. related to Carbon sequestration by woods and other different pools of forest- Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), mechanisms. Later, he was involved in the similar research (Forest carbon Inventory) of Tarai Arc Landscape (TAL) and Light Detection and Ranging) LIDAR project.
Among his many works, he has been involved in Preparing Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA), Nepal Climate Change support Program (NCCSP). While his involvement he had opportunity to see the problems caused by CC in Agriculture, Forest, Biodiversity, Water resources. This encouraged him to share knowledge gained to different Community people, academia and with involve in different activity like climate march.
In the future with his all dedication, he would be working in promoting energy, greener technology to support livelihoods or build skills and capacities of communities.