Snow melting in Nepal Himalayas may imperil Bangladesh’s existence: B’desh Minister

Kangtega, known as the “snow saddle”, stands 6,782 meters above the sea level. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Kathmandu: Bangladesh’s Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, has expressed concern, saying Bangladesh’s existence itself might be imperilled with the melting of snow in the Nepal Himalayas due to climate change.
Addressing the ‘Global Dialogue on Mountain, People and Climate’ kicked off in Kathmandu from today to draw global attention to the impact of climate change in the Himalayas, he said the climate change has impacted more the Himalayas, leading to rapid snow melting, which could produce problems like flooding and others in Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi minister called attention of the participants, expressing concern the very existence of the downstream and coastal regions is at risk due to the melting of snow in the Himalayas, if timely steps and due alertness are not adopted for mitigating the climate change impact.
He stressed on paying attention to minimizing the climate change impact and adaptation for securing climate resilience.
“The developed countries emit 81 per cent of the total global carbon emission. Developing countries like Nepal and Bangladesh are facing problem due to this. The developed countries have not implemented their commitments made at various climate conferences regarding lowering the carbon emission. Now, they should be prodded,” he added.
Stating that the government alone cannot alleviate poverty and prevent the climate change impacts, Minister Hossain stressed on the need of managing the budget required for implementing the climate change adaptation programmes. “Political will is needed to address the problems created by the adverse impact of climate change,” he reiterated.
Experts from 25 countries are participating in the Global Dialogue. More than 200 persons representing the mountainous and small island nations including Nepal, the international community, development partners, INGOs, the private sector and the civil society are attending the programme.
The experts will deliberate on topics as making coordination, prioritizing and strengthening climate resilient activities based on mountain ecosystem. (RSS)