LALITPUR, Feb 3: The environmentalists of the countries of Hindu Kush Himalayan region have underlined the urgency for carving out a common policy for climate change adaptation and mountain ecosystems.
A Regional Policy Workshop on Adaptation Outlook for the Hindu Kush Himalaya is being held with an aim to build the foundation for a region-wide assessment of existing adaptation policies for different sectors, going on to assess critical policy gaps and opportunities
The two day workshop organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and GRID – Arendal is being participated by 32 different countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Thailand and Nepal.
The workshop is being held to further consolidate inputs and comments, refine and ultimately validate the findings of the Background Document, as preparatory work for the assessment for the Hindu Kush Himalaya.
The assessment, planned for completion by May 2017, and proposed to be launched at UNFCCC COP 23 will be built on expert feedback from policy experts invited to this workshop and from existing information and data related to climate change and adaptation in mountain regions with particular focus on relevant policies and institutions.
At the program, Livestock Development Ministry's Secretary, Dr Yubak Dhwaj GC, stated that the government was emphasizing on various policies and program for resolving the problems emanating from the climate change. He said the program will also prioritize agriculture and animal husbandry.
ICIMOD Director General, David Molden, said the exchange of knowledge and experience in the mountainous regions could help achieve sustainable development goal. RSS