Far From Rising Seas, Climate Change Plagues Kathmandu

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

A month’s walk from the nearest sea, Kathmandu—elevation almost a mile—is as vulnerable to climate change as the world’s coastal megacities. The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan already is feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies as rural migrants stream to a city of 1 million that’s among

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Chinese Case

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

Nepali agriculture is still traditional, which is why productivity is so low. Most farmers grow crops and keep livestock for their own livelihood. Rarely do they adopt technology. Under such conditions, Nepal’s institutional capacity in agricultural research and extension is unable to transform traditional agriculture into competitive commercial production system. Nepali farmers can learn from

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With Climate Change, Himalayas’ Future Is Warmer, Not Necessarily Brighter

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

(CNN) — As snow layered the trail before him, Hari Chaudhary thought it was odd. The veteran trekking guide had never seen snow on the trail in early October. The popular 21-day Annapurna Circuit takes trekkers in a horseshoe-shaped route around a majestic segment of the Himalayas in Nepal. On the 10th day of the

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World Bank Extends $508.4m Credit for Strengthening Power Infrastructure in Nepal and Ukraine

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

The World Bank has approved two loans amounting to $508.4m for power projects in Nepal and Ukraine. The first one for $130m is for the Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project in Nepal. It has been allowed for a 38 year maturity period, which can be further extended for a six year grace period. The

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THT 10 YEARS AGO: ADB Loan for Women Empowerment

Dec 17th, 2014 | By

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will promote greater economic, social, legal, and political empowerment of poor rural women in Nepal, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower castes, through a $10 million loan approved today, states a press release issued here today. The loan, for the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project, will target women

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Experts Stress Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has stressed that the Post 2015 Development Agenda should be built based on the achievements and experiences of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and said that they should address three dimensions — social, economic development and environment protection. So far, the MDGs, an initiative of the United Nations, have

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Nepal Raises Mountain Issue at Peru Meet

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains. In a statement presented on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) at the ongoing at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at Lima, Peru, on Wednesday,

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‘Ensure Differently-abled’s Right to Sanitation’

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

Representatives from government and non-government agencies as well as social workers today laid emphasis on ensuring legal provisions for persons with disabilities to address their right to water and sanitation with accessible infrastructure, including taps and toilets in private houses, housing colonies and public places. The representatives said construction of water and sanitation facilities for

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Climate Smart Villages Help Women Farmers in Nepal

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

Seven years ago, Tanka Maya Magar, who lives on the outskirts of Belbari, a town in Morang district in eastern Nepal, suddenly had to do something she had never done before. Her husband had moved to Qatar to earn money and so it was now up to her to run their family farm, a job

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India-Nepal Power Deal: Over $1 Billion For Hydroelectric Plant In Himalayan Country

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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As different regional leaders met up in Kathmandu earlier this week, the newest development for the energy-starved Himalayan country becomes official: last Tuesday, an India-Nepal power deal was signed, which will end up providing electricity to the nation come 2020. In times of energetic crisis for the South Asian nation, it seems that the India-Nepal

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ADB Provides Rs 6 Billion in Loan‚ Grant for Water Supply‚ Sanitation

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a loan assistance of SDR 38.921 million (equivalent to Rs 5.78 billion) and grant assistance of $1.3 million (equivalent to Rs 127.40 million) to the government for implementation of the Third Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nepal. An agreement to this effect was

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Proofing Communities Against Glacial Melt Impact

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

Nepal will seek an opportunity to draw global attention towards the plight of the mountains that are retreating at an alarming rate and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, in the upcoming global climate summit which takes place in Peru next month. During the 20th session of the Conference of

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Nepal Needs to Invest in Youth: UN Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Nepal needs to invest more in youths to drive economic and social development, suggests the State of World Population 2014, released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Being home to more than nine million people between the ages of 10 and 24 years in 2014, Nepal’s transitional demographic shift opens a window for demographic

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Focus on Developing Karnali‚ Panel Tells Govt

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to develop Karnali region as a major tourist destination. The Committee chaired by Rabindra Adhikari also instructed National Planning Commission to bring a seven-year medium plan and a 15-year master plan for development of Karnali region by

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Climate Change Spurs Tourism in Nepal, But Will it Last?

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal has attracted mountaineers from around the globe. Currently, there are 326 peaks open to mountaineering in the country, while 112 peaks remain unclimbed. Trekking and mountaineering, the most popular tourism activities in Nepal, bring substantial profits to the country. In 2013, travel and tourism

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Nepal Government Creating New Disaster Management Arm

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Amid criticism it has been slow and ineffective in dealing with deadly natural disasters, Nepal’s government is moving to establish a National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to orchestrate preparations for and responses to such emergencies. A spate of natural disasters struck the Himalayan nation this year with lethal effect. In August,landslides in Sindhupal chowk district

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Govt Working to Minimise Climate Risks

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

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

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NOC to Propose Integrated Project

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) — the state-owned petroleum supply monopoly — is planning to propose integrated project for Raxaul-Amlekhgunj cross border petroleum pipeline and Amlekhgunj depot expansion with its Indian counterpart, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) during the bilateral talks to finalise financial modality of the project, going to be held on Friday and Saturday. IOC

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Infrastructure Development: We Can no Longer Sit Back and Wait

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

Nepal is primarily a mountainous country. To most people, this conjures up postcard-perfect pictures of trekking, tourism and natural beauty. But for the half of 28 million Nepalis who live in scattered settlements across the hills of Nepal, this means harsh terrain with no easy road and bridge access. It also means difficult geography, across

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Govt Forms Five-member Mechanism on Extreme Weather Forecasting

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has decided to constitute ‘Extreme Weather Forecasting and information Dissemination Mechanism’ headed by Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to prevent human casualties caused by severe weather induced by tropical cyclones. The mechanism will have five members. On October 14, a blizzard

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Phewa Lake to Get Lost in 39 Years!

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

Phewa Lake will get completely covered in next 39 years if not looked after, experts said. At a programme organised by Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City (PSMC) and Kaski District Development Committee (DDC), stakeholders have expressed their serious concern over conservation of the one of the most popular tourist destinations of the nation. Speaking at the function,

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Looking Into Chure Ecosystem

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

Nepal’s economy which is dominated by agriculture is heavily dependent upon the monsoon. Thus, we need to understand the processes of the monsoon and its importance before heading towards big chapters on climate change. But as we always want to catch a big mouse even though that mouse is not valuable still we love to

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Climate-induced Disasters

Oct 28th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Three weeks ago, I visited Madi area of Chitwan. Forty-year-old Ganga Devi Sunwar was among the many people I met—and who have been affected by extreme weather events. Every year Ganga feels that she has seen the worst flood of her life, only to be proven wrong in frequent intervals with more floods

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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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