DEC 17, KATHMANDU. Preliminary consultations are underway with the different stakeholders regarding mainstreaming climate change risk management in development.
Nepal is one of the countries at risk of climate change impact. The consultations are on with nine different government bodies and the international donor agencies that have been providing support in the sector of disaster risk management in Nepal.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing technical and financial assistance to Nepal for preparing the action plan on the integrated management for climate resilience. Nepal is in the process of preparing a national plan of action for climate resilience.
In this connection, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) organized an inception workshop of the Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development project here on Monday with the objective of discussing the way forward to integrate climate change adaptation into the planning and national guidelines across key development sectors.
The project brings together nine government departments and other key stakeholders. The project will support the different departments engaged in the programme with national and international expertise to jointly find new adaptation solutions, innovations and technology that will ensure Nepal’s future urban and rural development investments are climate resilient.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment also stated that the programme will also promote education and training on climate change- at the district level, in schools and in universities.
Addressing the inception workshop, Minister for Science, Technology and Environment, Keshab Man Shakya said that climate change was a global problem and it was the responsibility of all countries to cooperate in taking action to address it.
“In 2009, Nepal was one of the nine countries that joined the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) financed by the multi-donor Climate Investment Fund. The PPCR programme is aligned with the government’s own priority to seek a climate resilient development path,” he said.
Stating that the country’s unique geography also makes our country highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, Minister Shakya said that recent studies also show that glacier melt is accelerating, intensive rainfall events are increasing and flooding is becoming more serious and unpredictable—all creating serious risks for people living in all ecological regions.
He said that with support from its development partners, Nepal has been investing in infrastructure and livelihoods to improve the wellbeing of people living in remote communities and across the country.
Enhancing resilience to climate change is critical to protecting these investments and ensuring the sustainability of future development, he stressed.
Secretary at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Keshav Prasad Bhattarai, said organizations like the United Nations Development Programme are providing big financial assistance for mitigating the climate change risks in Nepal and that positive results could be had if work is carried out by constituting an effective mechanism.
Director at the Nepal Residence Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Kenichi Yokoyama expressed the belief that the suggestions given by the participants of the workshop would be useful and effective in chalking out climate resilience policies.
Joint Secretary at MoSTE, Shankar Adhikari said that the government was working for making the disaster mitigation efficient by putting in place a strong mechanism comprising the related sectors. The World Bank, ADB and other international donor agencies are providing financial and technical support for reducing the risk from climate change. RSS