India provides USD 160,000 for ICIMOD-Nepal

Oct 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Government Policies, International Agencies

India today extended a financial grant of USD 160,000 for conserving bio-diversity of the Himalayan region as it steps up effort to play an active role in preserving wildlife and natural habitation. Indian Minister of State for Environment Jayram Ramesh today handed over a cheque of USD 160,000 to ICIMOD (Integrated Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) director general Andreas Schild in a programme.

The amount will be utilised for conserving mountain biodiversity of the Hindu Kush region. Talking to reporters he said that India wants to get more involved in the biodiversity conservation efforts of the region and will commit more amount for the purpose next year. Minister of State Ramesh is holding talks with his Nepalese counterpart Thakur Sharma to expand bilateral cooperation in biodiversity conservation.

He will also meet Nepalese minister for Forest Dipak Bohara on Tuesday to discuss about ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in wildlife conservation. The state minister will also visit famous Chitawan national park along with Bohara tomorrow. The southern Nepal”s national park is home to hundreds of tigers and rhinos.

Around 200 participants from 20 countries including India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Switzerland, USA are participating in the international symposium on the theme “Benefiting from Earth Observations: bridging the date gap for adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region”. The symposium aims to promote regional and international cooperation to improve the access and use of earth observation for improved scientific knowledge and understanding to support adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

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