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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Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development, with agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depending on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September. Nepal’s hydrologists, meteorologists and climate

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What Nepal Doesn’t Know About Water

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development as agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depends on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September. Nepal’s hydrologists, water experts, meteorologists

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Nepal Business Conclave Concludes

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal Business Conclave concluded on Monday with signing of some Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and business deals. The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and China Chamber of Tourism signed a MoU for collaboration on tourism promotion. Suraj Vaidhya, president of FNCCI and Wang Ping, president of China Chamber of Tourism, signed

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Climate Change and Tourism Workshop

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

The Nepali tourist industry has sustained itself for so long because the country’s natural beauty is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world. But many of these go-to destinations are also the places that are very vulnerable to the changes brought about by the effects of climate change. Many of the more

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‘New Strategies Imperative to Ensure Food Security in Nepal’: Jamie McGoldrick

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Republica: UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said at a seminar on Thursday that Nepal should implement new strategies to ensure sustainable food security. Speaking at the seminar on ´EU-ASIA Policy Dialogue on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change´, organized by the Center for South Asian Studies, McGoldrick urged the government and stakeholders

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Nepal to Host CBA8 Conference

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Nepal government is hosting an international conference to identify ways to finance projects to help local communities in developing countries adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. The 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) will be jointly organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and Clean

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Talks on Climate Change Being Held at NAC

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

Republica: As part of Climate+Change, an exhibition going on at Nepal Art Council (NAC) in Babarmahal, a talk-series called HAAT bazaar is being organized. On the first day of the talk series on Friday, agriculture scientists and agro-forestry students made presentations on how climate change could affect agro-production in Nepal. On the second day of

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S Asia Urged to Integrate to Deal With Challenges

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Experts have pointed out that cooperation within South Asia can help address many of the challenges impeding the region’s inclusive and sustainable growth . Speaking at a conference entitled Regional Cooperation on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia: Some Reflection and Way Forward which opened on Thursday, they said that sufficient food, climate change,

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Miles to Go

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal has adopted Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (SDAN), 2003. The agenda is developed with support from the UNDP and WWF. It is a major policy tool for all development plans, policies, and strategies. Specifically, the Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (2003), and the Sustainable Community Development Program (Nepal Capacity 21) guide periodic plans and

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Keene State College Grad Taking Science Study to New Heights on Mount Everest

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Keene State College graduate Jake St. Pierre has been invited to join a small team of climbers and scientists tasked with studying climate change on Mount Everest. “It’s a cool earth-friendly project, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” St. Pierre said Monday. St. Pierre of Concord will join the Lhotse Snow Science

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Mount Everest Litter Targeted by Nepalese Authorities

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
Mount Everest climbers

The Guardian: Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back 8kg (17.6lb) of rubbish under rules designed to clean up the world’s highest peak. The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in Nepal, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest’s base camp from April, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. “The government has decided, in order to clean

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Climate Change Creating Further Complications For Nepal’s Mountain Farmers

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

With little or no support from authorities, mountain farmers of Nepal have been using traditional knowledge to come up with temporary home-grown solutions while combating climate change problems. While some of their ideas have worked, others have not been adequate to protect their crops from unpredictable changes in weather. Some farmers have had to abandon

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IYFF: Climate-Smart Villages Will Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Smallholder farmers in Nepal will have the opportunity to learn how to adopt climate-smart agricultural and farming techniques through the climate-smart village models pioneered in South Asia by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The project features a collaboration between the private sector and research and development organizations to link smallholder farmers to

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Preparing to Adapt

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

There is no doubt that the increasingly warming climate will have tremendous impacts on Nepali society. During the last few years, Nepal experienced more frequent extreme monsoon rainfalls—bringing devastating floods like in Darchula in 2013, Pokhara in 2012 and Koshi in 2008—than ever before. Small-scale droughts, glacial lake outburst floods, avalanches, landslides and slope failures

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In Nepal, Measuring Climate Change Resilience From the Community Up

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Nepal’s vulnerability to a warming climate became clear in May 2012 when the Seti River burst its banks during flash floods and landslides that killed more than 60 people. Scientists say such events are likely to become more common as the world warms, so communities need to adapt. The government of Nepal is well aware

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Start With Local

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Republica: There is now a clear evidence of increasing impacts of climate change in Nepal. An average annual temperature rise of 0.06 0 C has been observed for the past few years, which is much higher in the high altitudes resulting in rapid glacier melting. We also are experiencing more extreme monsoon rains, causing flash flood

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Project Launched to Reduce Adverse Impact

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has launched a project to minimise the impact of climate change in the country. “Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge in the world today. Besides, Nepal was recently ranked the fourth most vulnerable country in the world to climate change. Therefore, we need to have a

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Nepal: Measuring Resilience to Climate Change From the Community Up

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

Nepal’s vulnerability to a warming climate became clear in May 2012 when the Seti river burst its banks during flash floods and landslides that killed more than 60 people. Scientists say such events are likely to become more common as the world warms, so communities need to adapt. The Government of Nepal is well aware of

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Bio-Diversity Strategy to Focus on Climate Change Issues

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Focusing on the issue of climate change and its effects on bio-diversity, Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) is planning to introduce a 15-year “Bio-diversity strategy and implementation plan.” According to the spokesperson of the ministry Krishna Prasad Acharya, the draft of the plan is already ready and is being reviewed by experts. “Necessary

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Initiative to Reduce Air Pollution

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

Himalayan News Service: The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers is set to launch an initiative to reduce air pollution at the Lumbini World Heritage Site. A high-level meeting held under Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, acting secretary of the OPMCM, has submitted a five-point strategy to tackle air pollution in the birthplace of Gautam

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Motor Glider Rides Himalayan Waves

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

A Stemme S10 motor glider launched from Nepal into the Himalayan heights on Jan. 23, capturing the first of many images that an international science team hopes will save lives. Mounted below the right wing, a sophisticated camera system developed for extreme environments by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)

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China to Set Up Solar Power Station in Nepal’s Administrative Center

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

A team of Chinese experts have begun feasibility study from Monday to install solar power station in Nepal’s administrative center, officials said. The Nepal government has shown willingness to light Singh durbar and its peripheral area with solar panels after the Chinese government had extended technical and financial support towards this effect. “The team of

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Nepal On the Brink of Water Insecurity

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Poor governance and political instability are preventing the Himalayan country of Nepal from taking advantage of its abundant water resources and ensuring water security for its people, a new analysis shows. Carried out by Eloise Biggs, lecturer at the University of Southampton, UK, the study shows that Nepal needs an integrated water management system that

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Climate-Induced Disasters: Strategies for Nepal

Jan 14th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: According to the various researches on the temperature changes, the increase in the temperature has been found to be 0.090 C in the Himalayas and 0.040C in the Terai region annually. This increasing temperature is the main proof for the changing climate in the Himalayas. So, rapid global and anthropogenically-driven climate change is

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Talking Climate Change

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Air pollution is considered to be the defining climate change issue in Nepal. To bring climate-change problems to light, an extensive talk programme was launched at the Nepal Art Council, Baber Mahal, on January 8. Arnico Panday, senior atmosphere scientist at ICIMOD, started the panel discussion with a presentation on the issue of air pollution

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Let’s Talk About The Environment

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

The Nepal Art Council, currently home to the Climate Change art and science exhibit, will host a talk programme at its premises in Babar Mahal on January 8. The event—which will feature speakers Arnico Panday, senior atmosphere scientist at ICIMOD; Dr Arjun Karki, pulmonary specialist at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences; and Prashanta Khanal,

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Is Nepal GMO Ready?

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

In 2011, the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) had established a partnership with Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture) and the US chemical making infamous company Monsanto to conduct pilot project on maize production in different parts of Nepal. The logic forwarded by the USAID was to “improve food production” and “increase food

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Nepal to Match Tiger Data With India

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

Republica: Euphoric over the phenomenal growth of tiger population, disclosed by last year´s count, Nepal´s conservation authorities are now preparing to match the number of big cats with that of India. In the third week of January, a team of conservation authorities is expected to work together with their Indian counterparts and come up with

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Nepal Maintains Low Greenhouse Emission

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Republica: In a reassertion of the fact that Nepal´s contribution to the world´s total greenhouse gas emission is still negligible, a yet-to-be published report states that the Himalayan nation emits less than 0.1 per cent of what scientists say causes climate change. Nepal´s new report on National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, being finalized by the Ministry of

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Training to Tackle Climate Change Impacts

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Himalayan News Service: Samuhik Abhiyan, Rupantaran-Nepal and National Association of village development committees in Nepal (NAVIN) today launched an initiative to train district officials on integrating adaptation to climate change in local development plans. The programme — ‘District Training on Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation Planning’ — is a nationwide effort to increase the capacity of

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Govt Launches New Initiative for Climate Change Adaptation

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Republica: The government has undertaken a new initiative to integrate climate change adaptation into local development plans. As part of Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Project, initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with financing from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), the government

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Regional Workshop on Energy Cooperation on Dec 12

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Republica: Government officials, private sector representatives and experts of South Asian Associatoin of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are to converge in Kathmandu on December 12 to discuss on issues of energy cooperation in the regional level as well as deliberate on climate change and water management issues. The participants include policymakers on energy, hydro power producers,

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International Poverty Conference Begins

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Republica: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday stressed the need for regional cooperation to address the issues of poverty and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Inaugurating the International Conference on Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the HKH region, jointly organized by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the National

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VP Jha Seeks Special Efforts for Reducing Climate Change Impact

Nov 29th, 2013 | By

The Himalayan Times: Vice President Parmananda Jha has stressed on the need for the industrial nations to make special efforts to reduce climate change impact and for protection of environment. Vice President Jha was inaugurating a three-day international conference on climate change, water resource and disasters in mountainous regions, building resilience to climate change, organised

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Handle Asbestos Carefully: NGO

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

The Himalayan Times: A non-government organisation has drawn the attention of the government towards the mismanagement of asbestos in the Kathmandu Valley. The Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development, in a letter to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, pointed at haphazard handling of the cancer-causing substance during the ongoing road construction work. According

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Seti Flashflood Was Not Caused By Climate Change: Scientists

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
Seti in Nepal

Republica: Experts have concluded that a devastating flashflood in the Seti River last year was not caused by climate change. A report prepared after a yearlong by a panel of experts including scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, concluded that the sudden deluge in the river on May 5,

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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
A local community on the Rapti River of west Nepal checks the depth of water in the river during training on early warning alerts. Photo: Practical Action

TRF: Floods and landslides have hit Nepal hard this monsoon season, bringing high casualties in just the first few weeks. More than 40 people were killed in 17 districts during the second half of June, mainly in the hills of the mid-west and far-west regions, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the country’s

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