Kathmandu: Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Environment is organizing the Mountain Advocacy Summit starting on Tuesday in the Himalayan district of Mustang. The two-day event aims to draw national and international attention to the issues and challenges facing the mountain region due to climate change.
Various organizations from home and abroad including the FAO are participating in the event which will discuss the impacts and implications of global warming on mountain regions and relations among the low-lying areas in this situation.
According to the Ministry’s Climate Change Division Chief Buddhi Sagar Poudyal, Minister for Forests and Environment Pradeep Yadav, and Secretary Dr Pem Narayan Kandel, among others, are attending the event.
According to him, the Summit will bring together national and international experts, activists associated with climate change and biodiversity sectors, and government officials and activities to share ideas on the topic.
Dr Kandel said Nepal’s mountain region faces more implications of global warming and as a result, the mountain region is hit by incidences of unusual rainfall and avalanches and is seeing the impact on the people’s livelihood and biodiversities.
According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the temperature in the mountain region is increasing by 0.08 degree Celsius each year. The consequences increase the risk of the expansion of glaciers and their outburst. But the issue is yet to get international recognition and attention, according to Minister Yadav.
It is said incidences of natural disasters are on the rise in mountain districts of Manang, Mustang and Dolpa. Last year’s incidents of landslides and avalanches in Manang, Mustang and Sindhupalchowk might be due to the impact of climate change, said the minister.