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PM calls for methods to fight back climate change

Kathmandu, April 6: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has underlined the need of identifying the root cause of climate change for minimizing the damage caused by this phenomenon.
Addressing a working session under the ongoing International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change here today, the prime minister also stressed on the need of additional financial resources and capacity building for the sustainable development of the mountain regions.

He said climate change is making our lives increasingly vulnerable and that its impact has widely been felt across the globe in various forms.

“Experts have confirmed that progressive warming at higher altitudes has been three to five times the global average. This rapid warming  is evident in our observations of increased snow and glacial melt and the frequency of extreme events such as devastating floods and droughts which have exacerbated problems of hunger and poverty  in many mountainous regions,” Prime Minister Bhattarai said, adding that in particular, women and children have been the most affected victims of its adverse effects.

In this context, he said, “Firstly, we need to be cognizant of and responsive to the sufferings of the people for meeting their urgent needs for survival and, secondly, join them in preserving the ecosystem that nurtures them.”

Stating that Nepal is on the frontline of climate change effects and ranked among the world’s five most climate-vulnerable countries, the prime minister said, “We are a country where the climate change is challenging the very survival of people as well as the core of our limited infrastructures through accelerated climate-induced disasters.”

Describing the Himalayas as the biggest source of energy, food security, water and biodiversity, Prime Minister Bhattarai expressed the belief that this conference will provide us the opportunities to further comprehend the challenges and opportunities in our treasures of nature and human civilization, and share and learn experiences and best practices to protect them.

He stressed that the conference should set the pathway for the mountain countries and people for a holistic and sustainable mountain development, and a new development paradigm; highlight and effectively mainstream the mountain agenda into all the global development process; and ensure that the mountain countries come up with a global compact for a stronger framework of cooperation that promotes concrete collective action in a spirit of strengthened and renewed global partnership.

At the programme, Qatari Minister for Environment, Abdullah Bin Mubarak Bin Ebood Al- Meadadi said that climate change is one of the most urgent challenges to be tackled by the international community, and that it was important to facilitate negotiations in a constructive and collaborative manner.

He stressed that any discussions should take the interest of all groups and parties, under an atmosphere of cooperation, inclusiveness and transparency.

Environment Minister Hemraj Tated underlined the need of concerted efforts for minimizing the adverse effects of climate change in the mountain countries.

Director General of the Energy Research Institute of India, Dr. RK Pachauri said some five million people in South Asia are at high risk of climate change and that there was the need of holding discussions at the intellectual and political levels for reducing the risk of climate change. RSS

Published Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012 | 03:19 PM

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