WB Suspends Grant Assistance to Nepal

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The World Bank Group has suspended its grant assistance to Nepal citing the country falls in the group of nations with low risk of debt distress, but has pledged to provide soft loan of Rs 700 billion. Of the total soft loan of Rs 700 billion, the country has already received commitment

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Nepal’s Progress on MDGs Exemplary

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Shoko Noda has witnessed major changes in Nepal during her tenure as UNDP Country Director for Nepal. Noda, who leaves for the Maldives as the island nation’s UN chief, commends Nepal’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Manish Gautam caught up with Noda to discuss her reflections on the time she spent in

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MoAD to Compensate Disaster Affected Farmers

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has sought an additional budget of Rs 4.5 billion from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to compensate flood and landslide affected farmers across the country. Floods and landslides destroyed agricultural output worth Rs 4.35 billion and livestock valued at Rs 148 million, according to MoAD. Floods and

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Three-year Plan to Make Dodhara Child-friendly VDC

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

A three-year strategic plan has been formulated to make Dodhara as a child-friendly VDC. The three-year plan has incorporated infrastructure development, identification of the bodies concerned and implementation of national and international law related to child rights. The District Child Welfare Committee has assisted the plan to make the VDC as child-friendly VDC within 2073

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Climate+Change Exhibition Reopens in Nepal With Strong Educational and Outreach Programs

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

After a successful run in Kathmandu’s Nepal Art Council between December 2013 and April 2014, the Climate+Change exhibition opened its second edition in Pokhara’sInternational Mountain Museum on Saturday, September 27, World Tourism Day. The scenic lake-city is a major tourist destination and a starting point of several high-profile treks. Pokhara also attracts migrants and students

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Prime Minister Meets EU President

Sep 30th, 2014 | By

After wrapping up his week-long hectic schedule in the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today reached Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, the Headquarters of the European Union, PM Koirala held a meeting with the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and discussed various aspects of Nepal-EU relations. He appreciated EU’s

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Climate Change: Two Mustang Villages Deserted

Sep 29th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Inhabitants of two villages in the mountain district of Mustang have abandoned their homes and migrated to lower regions, thanks to climate change. With rapidly increasing temperatures in the region, sources of water have dried up in Samjung and Ghey villages of the district, compelling people to find a more inhabitable place down

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It’s Time to Recognise Threats of Climate Change

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala brought the attention of world leaders to the climate change impacts faced by Nepal and other Least Developed Countries (LDC)  during his address to the UN Climate Change Summit-2014 in New York on Tuesday. Noting that Nepal is the fifth most vulnerable country in terms of climate change, Koirala gave an

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Disaster Risk Management

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Every monsoon season, floods and landslides wreak havoc across the country and our effort is limited to responding after a disaster hits. The recent Jure landslide (rock avalanche) compelled us to think proactively about disaster risk management. This clearly shows we are very poor in disaster preparedness measures. The Kanchanpur flood in the

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U.S. Providing USD 402mln to Nepal

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

The U.S. has agreed to provide a financial support of USD 402 million to Nepal in the next five years. The funds, which will be channelised through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be used to reinforce recent gains in democratic processes such as elections, improving governance, expanding proven health interventions in maternal

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Farmers to Get Climate Change Info Through SMS

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Republica: An outline of environmental and social management framework is to be prepared to draw attraction of small farmers towards adopting modern agriculture through dissemination of climate change related information. The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has put in place the initiative, first of its kind, to inform small farmers of climate change through SMS. The

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Development-oriented Relief

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Disaster has manifested as a double-headed hydra in the form of floods and landslides throughout Nepal since the last few months. Whilst the mountains and the hills have been rocked by the landslides, the Terai has been submerged in deep flood waters. This has put the country in general and the Home Ministry,

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Forest Users Learning to Cope With Climate Stress on Water

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

Republica: In June this year, thousands of farmers, especially in Nepal´s western region, were wrestling with rain deficit, constantly gazing toward the sky devoid of monsoon clouds. In some areas badly affected by the weak monsoon, farmers were seen irrigating their parched crop fields with water supplied through pipes.But, in Hapur village of Dang district, the

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Include Disaster Risk Mgmt in Natl Policies: Experts

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

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

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Development Panel Seeks Better Plans for Local Bodies

Sep 8th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to ensure that metropolis, sub-metropolis and village development committees have better action plans for human settlements, service centres, market places, schools, hospitals and bus parks with gardens. The Parliamentary panel also told the ministry to

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Efforts to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness

Sep 7th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Sophie Kemkhadze, Deputy Country Director of UNDP, emphasised on better understanding of climate change and how it has triggered the number and nature of natural disasters, while speaking at a half-day workshop on KOICA ‘Fast Tracking Millennium Development Goals and Safeguarding Development Gains’.“Better preparedness for and better response in post-disaster situations by strengthening

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Climatically Cut-off

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

Home Minister Bamdev Gautam should be given due credit for updating himself with minute weather details. Following ferocious floods in mid-western Nepal last month, he explained to the media the science behind the record rainfall: “There was a clash between the monsoon from the Arab Gulf and the one from the Bay of Bengal, it

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US to Provide $70 Million to Nepal for Disaster Resilience

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The United States’ Embassy in Nepal on Wednesday announced three new programmes with up to US Dollar 70 million to help Nepali communities recover from natural disasters. According to the Embassy, the projects will be implemented through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Embassy said two additional projects will be launched focusing on

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Govt Taking Multi-sectoral Approach to Tackle NCDs

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government says it has taken multi-sectoral approach to fight non-communicable diseases.NCDs are responsible for 42 per cent of death annually in the country and cause 63 per cent of deaths globally — nearly 80 per cent occur in low and middle income countries, according to the World Health Organisation.According to government’s Multi-Sectoral

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Upper Karnali a Three Billion Dollar Bonanza for Nepal

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The much debated Upper Karnali hydroelectric project is expected to bring a windfall with the government standing to earn Rs 144 billion in dividend from equity extended by the developer of the 900-megawatt power project. This money is exclusive of Rs 121 billion that the project developer will provide to the government in royalty

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NPC Members to Monitor Dev Projects Across Nation

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Sunday formed five high-level teams to monitor development projects across the nation.A full meeting of the Commission held today at PM Sushil Koirala’s residence in Baluwatar this evening decided to its members including Vice-Chairman in monitoring of development projects.PM’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari said Vice-Chairman Govinda Pokhrel

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Israeli Envoy Stresses on Agriculture Development

Aug 31st, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Newly appointed Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Yaron Mayer has said that economic progress of any country is possible through the development of agriculture and suggested Nepal to mobilise youth farmers for increasing agro production and productivity.Addressing an orientation programme for youth students selected for 10-month training under the Agricultural Trainee Programme jointly

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Nepal at Risk as More Extreme Weather Events Loom

Aug 26th, 2014 | By

Republica: The inhabitants of Surkhet, a district in Nepal´s mid-western region, were recently struck by what was arguably the worst flooding in living memory. The death toll from the Surkhet flood, caused by the downpour that continued for two days in the second week of August, has reached 33, excluding 99 people still missing and thereby feared

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Mountain Communities Form Climate Alliance

Aug 24th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Mountain communities in Nepal have joined hands to save mountain ecosystem which is more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.Formally announcing a 17-member ‘Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities’, its chairman Ang Tshering Sherpa said that there was an urgent need to aware local communities of Himalaya region about the impacts

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Climate Change Poses Grave Risk to Nepal’s Economy: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By

Republica: Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy and could cause losses equal to almost 10 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a report by Asian Development Bank (ADB).Without changes to current global behavior, Nepal would see economic losses equivalent to up to

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Experts Call for Early Disaster Warning System

Aug 12th, 2014 | By

Experts say Sindhupalchowk landslide should serve as a wake-up call to the government and it should introduce an early warning system with effective implementation of national disaster management plan.Despite allocating millions of rupees annually to disaster risk management, the situation in Sindhupalchowk reveals total lack of preparedness on part of the government, they claimed.Stating that

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Govt to Plant Trees Along the Riverbanks

Aug 10th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government is gearing up to make the capital city cleaner and greener is planning to plant trees on the banks of the Bagmati River from the Teku-Sanepa bridge to Teku Dobhan. An 11-member committee formed to implement, coordinate and supervise the task has already started the work. The committee is led by Purusottam

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Good Governance for Economic Growth and Development in Nepal Himalaya

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

The official bilateral visit after 17 years of gap by the Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi and, especially, his address to the Nepalese parliament has further brought into discussions, debates and discourses in Nepalese politics/societies from smaller teashops to the bigger institutions whether Nepal has to promptly realize the importance of economic growth and development

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Voices from Nepal: Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

The magnitude of the problem of climate change and environmental degradation in a mountainous and developing country like Nepal is very alarming. Rapid population growth and its consequent effect on over-exploitation of the depleting resources, migration, soil erosion, poor infrastructure, and ecological degradation is taking place everywhere in Nepal. Low economic strength, inadequate infrastructure, low

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New Seeds of Hope for Nepal’s Farmers

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26

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Nepal to Generate Energy From its Holy River, Bagmati

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The Nepal government is gearing up towards generating hydropower energy from Bagmati River, one of its most reverent and religiously significant river, officials said on Sunday. The decision was made as part of the government’s plan to end power crisis within three years. Nepal’s Energy Ministry has already announced to utilize all of

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Government, IFAD Join Hands

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

The government has joined hands with the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD ) for the implementation of $37.6-million “ Adaptation for Smallholders in Hilly Areas ” (ASHA) programme for a new six-year period (2015-2018). The project aims at reducing climate change risks and vulnerabilities, and raising the resilience of smallholder farmers, strengthen the framework for local-level climate

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Indigenous Mountain Farmers Unite on Climate Change

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge. The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples was formed at a workshop in Bhutan last month (26 May-1 June). It includes communities from Bhutan, China, India,

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Untimely Monsoon

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Monsoon rain patterns in South Asia including Nepal are fast changing. There are many examples of longer dry spells and shorter sudden heavy showers, replacing the three month continuous rain which has characterized Nepali monsoon. The rainfall pattern is inconsistent with higher intensities of rain and less number of rainy days creating long drought for

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Nepal Wins Hearts and Minds With Biogas Boom

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Sunita Bote, a 30-year-old housewife from the small village of Kumroj in eastern Nepal, was far from convinced when energy specialists from the capital city, Kathmandu, talked about the benefits of constructing a small biogas plant near her house. “At first, I shuddered at the thought of connecting my cooking stove with a toilet’s

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Here Comes Climate-smart Paddy

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

Republica: The negligible rainfall even one week after the officially announced arrival of the monsoon has not bothered the farmers of Sonpur VDC in Siraha district. They are busy planting the paddy in their parched land with no trace of anxiety — thanks to the new climate-smart paddy species that can resist adverse climate and yet

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Heat Has Deadly Impact on Nepal’s Gulf Workers

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Sabin is a 22-year-old from a small town in eastern Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas. But he isn’t living there now. To support his family, he’s been working as a truck driver in Qatar for the last five years. “When I arrived in Qatar I could not believe the heat,” he says. “I

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Flooding in Nepal: Will the Economy Survive the Deluge?

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
A farmer covers himself from the rain during Asar Pandra festival in Bhaktapur

The Guardian: In Banke district along the West Rapti river basin in Nepal, farmers have noticed that floods are coming more often, and with greater intensity. Flooding has always been part of the annual cycle of life, but the past 40 years have seen 12 abnormally large floods that have eroded land and wiped out crops and buildings.

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Weeklong Clean-up Campaign

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

World Environment Day was observed in Nepal by launching a weeklong cleanliness campaign across the country with the theme ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level’. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, the focal ministry for the International Convention on Climate Change, organised the main official event at the Nepal Academy in the capital.

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A Consensus for Action

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

Over the years, on World Environment Day, we have regularly used this space to share our positions on environment issues that we considered key for that particular year. And throughout the year, we went on to pursue those ideas at a policy level and to bring them to public discourse from our respective capacities as

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City at Risk

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Kathmandu is a natural disaster-prone city. Nepal itself is ranked fourth at risk country for climate change. Due to these potential risks, Nepal has no other option than adopt measures of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation. Among many problems in Kathmandu, the noteworthy are bad structures, limited and narrow road access, stop

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To Reduce Flood Threats, Nepal Builds Climate Risk Into Planning

May 30th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is nearly time for the monsoon, but there has not been even a drop of rain yet in this village on the fringes of Chitwan National Park, a deep worry for local farmers. Retired forest guard Potahariyu Chaudhary, 65, looks at his dry maize fields and says he doubts the

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Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change for Key Sectors in Nepal

May 29th, 2014 | By

A new report, released this week by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), IDS-Nepal, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) and Practical Action assesses how climate change will affect key economic sectors in Nepal, such as agriculture, water and energy. The report,Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change for Key Sectors in Nepal was received by the

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Climate Change to Make Nepal Glaciers Shrink by Quarter in 30 Years – Scientist

May 25th, 2014 | By

Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya, lead author of the report, told AFP, “the shrinking of glaciers in Nepal is definitely connected to climate change, glacial melt is a huge indicator of rising temperatures. “The Norway-funded research project led by ICIMOD took three years to complete, as scientists mapped satellite imagery from several decades to see the extent

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Study Paints Alarming Picture of Glacial Retreat

May 22nd, 2014 | By

Nepal’s mountains lost a glacier area of 1,266 square kilometres, 24 percent of the total glaciated area of the country between 1977 and 2010, a study has shown. The findings of a new research made public last week blame rising temperatures caused by climate change to the colossal loss of ice deposits in the Himalayas.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Kabeli-A Hydroelectric Project in Nepal

May 20th, 2014 | By

The World Bank Group has approved $84.6m financing for the 37.6MW Kabeli-A hydroelectric project in Nepal. The financing includes $40m credit and $6m grant from the International Development Association, a $19.3m loan from the International Finance Corporation and a $19.3m loan from the Canada Climate Change Program. The financing paves the way for Kabeli Energy

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Monsoon Predicted to be Normal Affair

May 18th, 2014 | By

Nepal is likely to get a normal monsoon, raising hopes of good harvests for major crops in a country largely dependent on agriculture. Experts in South Asia and from the World Meteorological Organisation have predicted normal monsoon in Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan while rains could be below average in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and parts

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Development Strategies for a Poor Himalayan Nation

May 16th, 2014 | By

Sometimes, there is a tendency to equate development with the presence of good infrastructure. Sure, that is part of the story but a better measure of development lies in the ability of a country’s citizens to carve out their own destiny. That is perhaps why not all countries with tremendous natural resources are prosperous, as

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Climate Change to Make Everest Even Riskier

May 4th, 2014 | By

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on April 18 and

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Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation to Climate Change

May 1st, 2014 | By

Preamble We, representatives of a range of public, civil society, private, local, regional, international agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal at the 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) have come together to put forward the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation to Climate Change. We are committed to effectively

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UN Climate Change Head Arriving

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres is arriving here in the Capital for a three-day official visit to Nepal tomorrow afternoon. During her brief stay in Kathmandu, she will meet Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chief Secretary Lila Mani Paudel and other government officials, according to UN Information

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How Nepali Villagers are Dealing With Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Republica: When he was a little boy, Ram Bahadur Gurung, a resident of Dharampani VDC-1 of Tanahun district, would have to walk downhill for an hour to fetch just a vessel of water. One day, while climbing up the hill carrying a vessel full of water, he accidently stumbled upon a stone; and fell to the

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Climate Change Could Make Everest Climb Even Riskier

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16

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8th Conference on Climate Change Starts

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Republica: The eighth International conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) to Climate Change is being held in the capital from April 24. It is the first time that the week-long international level conference on climate change is being organized in the country. The government is hosting the international conference in collaboration with International Institute for Environment

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Govt Fails to Meet Climate Change Policy Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government has failed to meet the specific objectives set in its climate change policy despite allocating billions of rupees annually to address an issue that has global ramifications. The climate change policy adopted by the government in 2011 has stated that 80 per cent of the climate change budget will be diverted

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Inconvenient Truths

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The key message from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is that climate change is real, humans are the main culprits for the dramatic change and the cost of inaction will be catastrophic. The accelerated warming of our earth is the clearest manifestation of human-caused climate change. The risks to both

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Climate Change Risks

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

The effects of global warming could spiral ‘out of control’ if the world does not cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, a United Nations scientific panel warned in a new report on March 31. Climate change projections for Nepal as a whole, which have been mentioned in National Adaptation Plan of Action, 2010, indicate that temperatures

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Nepal, China Join Hands in Tackling Climate Change

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

China and Nepal on Monday signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the framework of the Third Pole Environment program. The Third Pole Environment (TPE) program, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2009, was dedicated to the study of regions on the Tibetan Plateau; home to millions of people and thousands of

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First Clean Development Mechanism Plan Begins

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

A project launched this week in the Far-Western region to provide clean and energy efficient cooking stoves to 150,000 households has become the country’s first of its kind as part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme. A programmatic CDM project enables emission-reducing initiatives developed by a private or public entity to receive carbon credits based on

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Vulture Breeding Cheers Conservationists

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

In a positive development for environmentalists and bird conservationists, 22 couples of Dungar, a rare species of vulture, have been found raising their chicks in two community forests in the district. The scavengers have been taking care of their hatchlings in nests built in three Sal and 19 Asana trees at Lalmatiya and Pratibha community

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