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Nepal Ambassador Invites Ostrom to Visit, Continue Research

In his first visit to Indiana, Nepal’s Ambassador to the United States Shankar Sharma carried a handful of gifts and a formal handwritten invitation from his country’s president to visit. It’s addressed to IU Professor Elinor Ostrom and presented it to her a lunch in Bloomington.

The Nobel Prize Committee cited her work in Nepal as a basis for her award. Ostrom discovered that dams managed by small communities in Nepal, ones constructed from mud, wood and rocks, are often more effective in distributing water resources than government-managed concrete dams.

Sharma says his country would like Ostrom to continue her research in Nepal on the governance of common-pool resources.

“We definitely would like to see some sort of connection strengthened on studies she’s done in the past. We’d definitely like to see more research coming from her on the issues we are confronting in the past. And we’d like to see her visit quite often, more often to Nepal than in the past,” Sharma said.

Ostrom is expected to visit Nepal in December 2010, but Sharma says he details of the trip are far from formalized.

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