TheHimalayanTimes: Minister for Environment, Sunil Kumar Manandhar said the government was going to ban the use of plastic bags of less than 20 micron in the country to be effective from the next week. The offenders will be fined between Rs. 500 to Rs. 50,000, according to Minister Manandhar.
Speaking at a program, “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation” organized by the Concern Universal-Bangladesh here on Monday, the Environment Minister said that the Ministry has come up with directives for the ban of the use of plastic bags in order to mitigate the impacts of climatic change. “The directives shall be enforced from next week across the country.”
Pleading to afforest trees and ban the use of plastic bags, Minister Manandhar said Government of Nepal is introducing the National Adaptation Program of Action to build resilience of local communities to cope with natural disasters and climate change impacts.
Also speaking at the programme, Constituent Assembly (CA) member Sita Baudel said that government should collaborate with the civil society to take immediate action for protecting the people living at disaster risk zone.
Presenting a paper on “Climate Change and Responses”, Shambhu Dangal, Secretary of Capacity Strengthening on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Forum Nepal said Nepal is vulnerable in terms of climate change because of change in rainfall pattern, rise in temperature, melting of glaciers and drying out of water resources.
Kapil Kafle, Himalayan Television news chief said media has to be aware and motivate individuals for environment conservation. He also said environmental issues have fallen under a shadow due to dominance of political news in the Nepali media.
Many environmental experts, professors and teachers attended the program. Source>>
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