The “Students’ Association for Forest and Environment- Nepal” (SAFE- Nepal) is a non- political, non- governmental, non- profitable & voluntary, Green organization, established by the sole effort of the students of Institute of Forestry. On the special occasion of Zero Emission Day (September 21, 2018), SAFE- Nepal has conducted a short Marathon with a slogan of ‘Run for Green’ to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to promote the ecotourism by maintaining the healthy ecosystem. The main objective of the marathon was to aware students and local people to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to appeal them to use alternative source of energy. The marathon was initiated from IOF premises covering Kantipur Chwok- Kolpatan- Rambazar- Budhha Chwok- Indra Chwok- Ghale Gaun- Taxi Chwok- Hariyokharka- and got accomplished at IOF premises, saturating a distance of 5000 Meter. The distinguished First, Second and Third position in Boys marathon was achieved by Sushan Rimal, Suraj Nepali and Bibek Shrestha respectively. Similarly Bibhuti Thapa, Melina Panta and Kalpana Adhikari were able to achieve corresponding First, Second and Third position in Girls marathon.
The Marathon was conducted under the co-ordination of Ms. Seema Acharya and chaired by the President of SAFE-Nepal, Mr. Santosh Paudel. Different banners, posters and pamphlets about use of alternative energy, green-house gases and their effects, ecotourism and it’s role for ecological conservation was shown along with the track of marathon, to spread a message about clean environment and aware them to reduce the use of fossil fuel.
The Marathon emphasized on the positive change in attitude and behavior of participants towards Green-house gases emission and familiarization of targeted group with ecotourism and sustainable development with ecological conservation. The Marathon was supported by the IOF Pokhara, SHEAC IOF Pokhara, NTNC-ACAP, SCIFOR, different schools, Organizations &local communities.
The Executive committee of SAFE- Nepal is:
- Santosh Paudel (President)
- Prajjwal Babu Subedi
- Pratik Sapkota
- Bipana Bhusal
- Deepika Adhikari
- Anu Paudel
- Seema Acharya
- Kabita Sapkota
- Prekshya Khanal
- Seema Acharya (Program Coordinator)
- Amit Adhikari (Vice coordinator)
- Durga Kandel (Vice coordinator)