Govt Working to Minimise Climate Risks

Nov 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Government Policies, Nepal

Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said that the government was committed to minimising the risk posed by the global warming.

Speaking at an interaction programme on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood here, Minister Rijal underlined the increasing threat posed by Climate Change on the Himalayas and the natural heritage reflecting Nepal’s unique identity.

Rijal further stressed on spreading awareness regarding the possible impact in the surrounding habitat and the preservation of the Himalayas.

At the programme jointly organized by South Asia Himalayan Environment Research and Conservation Centre and Des Georisques Et Des Hommes, a French organisation, a presentation was held on the Thulagi glacier located in Western Nepal at the upper Marshyangdi river basin.

The Thulagi glacier has been identified as a potentially dangerous lake in Nepal. The programme also stressed on the global impact of climate change, risk assessment of glacial lakes outburst and risk minimisation of climate change.

French expert and geotechnical engineer Didier Lemarechal and Philemon Autin, environment engineer who conducted the study on Thulagi glacial lake, presented their works at the programme.

The Thulagi Lake report was handed over to Minister Rijal.

The report has called for the need of developing weather forecasting system and increasing the level of awareness among the people living in the surrounding environment.

The participants at the programme included Minister Rijal, French Ambassador Martine Bassereau, Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party central member Hemjung Gurung and environmentalists, scholars, students, academicians and mediapersons.

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood caused by climate change has become a major challenge.

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