Politicians stress formulating national climate change policy

Published On: January 1, 2019 08:32 AM NPT By: DHRUBA DANGAL

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Jan 1: Climate experts and representatives of local units from all 77 districts gathered at Jyamire Guphadanda of Melamchi Municipality-9 in Sindhupalchowk district on Monday to attend the National Climate Change Summit. 

They are engaged in discussions related to climate change, its impacts, adaptation and probable actions for climate resiliency. The two-day summit was organized by District Coordination Committee Federation and led by District Coordination Committee (DCC), Sindhupalchowk. Its main theme was 'Clean Nepal, Healthy Nepali'.

President Bidya Bhandari inaugurated the summit on Monday and suggested including the issue of climate change and inclusion of the subject in school curriculum. 

She also said the stakeholders concerned should be serious about mitigating the implications of climate change on innocent communities. 

“The implications of climate change should be kept in mind while constructing developmental infrastructures,” said President Bhandari.

Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet said they are already working to formulate national climate change policy to address climate concerns.

 Other bureaucrats and politicians, including Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lalbabu Pandit and former minister Agni Sapkota, also stressed the need for climate change policy to mitigate climate risk. 

DCC Sindhupalchowk Chief Gopal Tamang, who is also the coordinator of the main organizing committee, said they will up pressure for the implementation of carbon credits trading scheme. 

Under the scheme, industrial nations for "carbon credits" produced by emissions-reduction projects in the developing world.

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