With support from IUCN Nepal, under the project ‘Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction’, funded by DFID, a month long Bicycle Rally from Mahakali to Mechi was successfully completed on 22 December 2010. With the main objective of creating awareness about Climate Change, Bio-diversity Conservation and Environmental Governance at the local level, two students from Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal, started their awareness campaign from Gaddachouki of Kanchanpur (Far West) on 26 November 2010 and completed the rally at Mechi Bridge in Eastern Nepal.
Focusing on the above mentioned objectives, 52 events based on discussions and interactions were carried out in secondary schools, higher secondary schools, community forest user groups and eco-clubs within the 22 districts of Nepal. During the rally the students also distributed IUCN’s various documents (pamphlets, posters, brochures, books and policy briefs) and also highlighted IUCN’s involvement in these issues at local, regional, national and international levels. Local and National media covering the event on a regular basis not just enhanced the enthusiasm of the participants but also helped promote the event on a wider scale than anticipated.
Overall, the rally was conducted in a very professional way and the upshot was highly successful. The concept of the rally itself was new in terms of its focus on conservation and its various aspects. With bicycle being used as a mode of transportation, the idea of going green was promoted and showed that geographical barriers in terms of hills, terai and mountains were just mental barriers if you actually believed in going green.