Bhutan Climate Summit- limited to adaptation measures

Oct 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Adaptation, Advocacy, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Climatic Changes in Himalayas, Development and Climate Change, Global Warming, Government Policies, Green House Gas Emissions, India, Information and Communication, Lessons, Nepal, News, Upcoming Events

Kuenselonline: The summit next month will not discuss complex climate change issues. Climate change being closely linked by geography, history, culture, economy and ecology, the impact of climate change would be felt by all four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal.

To discuss concerns and fine-tune the framework of cooperation, the delegates of the four countries had a day-long meeting yesterday in Thimphu at the convention center.

Addressing the inaugural session of the meeting, the agriculture and forests minister, Dr Pema Gyamtsho said the journey to the summit in November has been inspiring despite the inherent difficulties they faced given the complexity of the subject the four partner countries have chosen to deal with.

“The scope of the summit will be limited to adaptation measures to climate change only and more complex issues like green house gas mitigation measures will not be pursued,” lyonpo said.

Being entirely driven by the four countries, he said the issues discussed and emerging results are in line with their own needs and priorities rather than those of external agency or agencies.

The four countries have also agreed that bilateral issues related to any of the themes will not be discussed as they are clearly within the domain of the parties concerned and not a regional issue.

The four themes are water security, biodiversity persistence, food security, and energy security.

“If we are to achieve meaningful results, we have to think like citizens of this common eco-region and not just as citizens of our own countries,” said Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho.
The Eastern Himalayan region cannot wait for a global agreement on the level of emission of GHG reduction or controlling the global temperature rise.

Yesterday, the delegates while revisiting the areas of cooperation also renamed it as the “Framework of Cooperation.”

The document will be approved at the ministerial meting on November 19 in Thimphu during the climate summit.

The meeting, however, couldn’t discuss the proposed implementation arrangement for want of time. But the countries will hold national discussions and come up with feedback by November 7.

Delegation heads said the high-level policy meeting was fruitful and transparent. “We are on the right track,” said a delegate from India. “Few of the agenda has been dropped out but it’s just the starting and we will have more discussion in future.”

The works and human settlement minister Yeshey Zimba at the closing said climate change is more than real and countries need to act fast.

By Tashi Yangzom

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