To launch the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS) Project, an international kick–off conference was held from 21 to 23 of January 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
21 January 2016: A half-day closed group meeting was arranged with the stakeholders from Kathmandu and from Yangon, Myanmar to explain the objectives of the projects and the roles and responsibilities of the partner organizations. Researchers from Kyoto University made presentations about their field of research while the local partners presented about their expertise and the kind of activities they are interested in engaging in in the future.
22 January 2016: Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the partner organizations was witnessed by the representatives of local partner organizations, academic institutions, international NGOs, and community leaders who attended the the morning session of the kick-off conference. A brainstorming session was held in the afternoon session to identify the possible directions for institutionalization of the local platform, for conducting risk assessment, and for implementing the project in the next two years.
23 January 2016:
Site visits were made to Karyabinayak Municipality and to Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City core area to understand the extent and type of damage from the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. The team visited the Patan Durbar Square and the site of the Rato Machindranath Temple, which had completely collapsed. A visit to school buildings and residential area of Shankhu in Bhaktapur, the most damaged area in the Kathmandu Valley, was also made.