The Himalayan Times: In a bid to control increasing instances of climate induced disasters in Nepal, climate experts from six different countries, including Nepal have called for integration of climate and disaster risks management into national development policies and programmes.
During the meeting held on September 8-9, experts urged , experts urged countries to have a national climate risk management (CRM) strategy in place to cope with effects of global warming.
The meeting brought together over 40 national and international experts, six governments and UNDP practitioners from six countries working on the Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme (ICRMP).
Funded by the Government of Sweden, ICRMP is being conducted in six countries namely Armenia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda.
The meeting was concluded with concrete recommendations, including calling for expanding coordination and collaboration among development partners, mainstreaming CRM into development planning, and adopting a time-bound action plan for UNDP Country offices to support development and implementation national CRM strategies.
Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Nepal, Sophie Kemkhadze said that the development is not just about achieving something but also should be protected in the face of climate vulnerabilities.
On the occasion, Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel stressed on the need for planning for safer lives and livelihoods of millions of people to cope with the impact of climate change.
Assistant Country Director of UNDP Nepal Vijaya Prasad Singh said that the development efforts should also be assessed from a point of view of climate vulnerabilities.
“We need to ensure that development works are reducing vulnerabilities, not adding new ones,” he said.
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