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Mr Dipak Gyawali, former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal, take up a UNU-IAS/UNESCO Visiting Professor on Water and Cultural Diversity
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Mr Dipak Gyawali, former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal, will take up his duty as a UNU-IAS/UNESCO Visiting Professor on Water and Cultural Diversity, on 12 October 2010. 


The Professorship will be hosted by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan, as part of the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Water Project and the UNESCO-IHP (International Hydrological Programme) project on Water and Cultural Diversity. The aim of the Professorship is to respond to an international call for further research in the areas of water and cultural diversity – specifically in how cultural diversity can suggest pathways for and be integrated into sustainable water resource management and successful water policies.            

The Professor will be tasked with, among other things, providing concrete advice on how the importance of the links between water, cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, and global environmental changes can be better recognized in water management and policies.  During his time in Japan, Mr Gyawali will participate in side-events at the COP-10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity and will deliver a series of lectures at UNU-IAS, Kyoto University, Nagoya University, University of Tsukuba, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. He will also write articles and working papers on the topic.

Mr Dipak Gyawali is currently Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and research director of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. He is a hydroelectric power engineer and a political economist who, during his time as Minister of Water Resources, initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural participation in governance. He has been involved, inter alia, as guest scholar and researcher at various institutions such as the Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the Norwegian Center for Research in Organization and Management, the International Environmental Academy in Geneva, and at the London School of Economics. Mr Gyawali has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society, and has published numerous articles on the topic of water, energy, dams, and climate change issues.


For more information on the Water Professorship or the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative, contact
Ameyali Ramos Castillo.

For more information on the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, please contact
Lisa Hiwasaki.




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