Climate Change Calls For Localized Research, Technology, knowledge

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

eKantipur: Where are the Nepali farmers? I might sound like I am asking the stupidest question ever. After all, unlike in Canada where I am residing currently and where only two percent of  the 33 million Canadians live and work in farms, farmers are everywhere in Nepal—tens of millions of them. To be precise, according

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Nepal Urged To Take Measures To Address Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2013 | By

Chinadaily: Nepal should adopt specific measures to mitigate adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation rather than organizing ornamental programs to mark the World Environment Day (WED), conservation experts said Tuesday. Experts also stressed on the need to revise the country’s existing environmental law to bring it at par with the contemporary provisions implemented

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Nepal: Caterpillar Fungus Harvest Impacts Environment

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Himalayan viagra

IRIN: The seasonal influx of migrant harvesters into Nepal’s Himalaya Mountains seeking a caterpillar fungus used as a traditional medicine and believed to have aphrodisiac properties is causing environmental damage along the rural border with Tibet. When a parasitic fungus infects and kills caterpillars, the high value of the fungus drives tens of thousands of harvesters

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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By

Guardian: Dawa Steven Sherpa is the new face of Nepal. Born in Khumjung, a village just 12 miles from Everest, he is in his 20s, speaks five languages, has a business degree from a British university, and is the director of a highly successful trekking and guiding company based in Kathmandu. He has climbed Everest

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LDCs In UNFCCC To Confer In June

May 23rd, 2013 | By

Himalayan times: Representatives of all 49 member countries in the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are scheduled to gather in Bonn of Germany to discuss the upcoming framework of the 2015 protocol from June 3 to 14. Talking to this daily, Chair of the

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By

Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Climate Risk Vulnerability And Government Policy: Nepal

May 20th, 2013 | By

Searchlight SA: Climate change causes severe damage to the most socio-economically exposed communities. South Asia is home to almost 40% of the worlds poorest, and therefore faces a double conundrum. Countries in the region must not only support their populations from negotiating the swift socio-economic changes that have come to characterize their economies, but must

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Climate Asia Case Study: Nepal

May 16th, 2013 | By
Nandi Lal Nepal farmer

BBC: Nandi Lal Paswan, 59, is a farmer in Sripur, East Terai in Nepal. He is married and takes responsibility for the six other family members living in his house. Nandi Lal is content with his life, but he has worked hard to get where he is today. Thirty years ago he began farming a

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Enhancing Disaster Resilience

May 14th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Summer monsoon is approaching and South Asia climate outlook has predicted above normal precipitation in Nepal. Recent data revealed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) shows that at least 420 people are killed every year in different disaster events in Nepal. Injuries, disruptions and a range of impacts including losses and damage

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Understanding Climate Change: In Nepal

May 13th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Climate change has always remained as one of the hot topics of discussion amongst the environmentalists, governments, policymakers as well as other bodies concerned. As per Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increase in global average air and ocean

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Nepal Training Advances Local And Global Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
Many Asian countries are already manifesting the effects of climate change, like the climate-exacerbated Typhoon Bopha that struck the Philippines last year. Above, a mother and child navigate the resulting floods in Laguna, where ACT Alliance is assisting affected communities. 
ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey

ACT Alliance members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change. Some of the countries that suffer the most visible and tangible immediate effects of climate change are located in Asia. Foezullah from ACT Bangladesh explains that

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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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Nepal: Minister Urges For Change In Agro Evaluation System

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Nepal agriculture

Himalayan Times: Minister for Agriculture Development Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti has directed ministry officials to evaluate the performance of projects based on the benefits that the projects have provided to people. Impact on livelihoods should be the base for evaluating the projects, he said during a performance review meeting of the Agriculture Ministry. “The traditional

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Learning Curve Of Assessing Economics Of Climate Change In Nepal

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia

CDKN: Dr. Govinda Nepal, IDS-Nepal, reflects at the half way point of a project in Nepal which is calculating the economic cost of climate change in key sectors on what the team has learnt so far Which climate risk screening tool is the most appropriate for Nepal? What questions does an Investment and Financial Flow

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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Better Business Environment Key To Growth: ADB Report

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Promoting an enabling business environment and political stability are key to improving economic performance in Nepal, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. “We all agree Nepal has huge potential for growth but there are also substantial hurdles to overcome in triggering the high growth process,” said ADB’s country director for

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USD 3.3 Million Grant To Offset Climate Change Effects In Nepal

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

EBA: The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
Nepal status

Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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Mainstreaming Of Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. It includes major changes in climatic parameters like temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns, among other effects, that occur over several decades or longer. The longevity of transportation infrastructure, the long-term nature of climate change,

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Participatory Wideos In Nepal: Voicing Women’s Perceptions On Climate Change

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
Participatory videos have the potential to bridge the communication gap between non- or less literate individuals and policy-makers due to its non-written form. Photo: Pawan Kumar

CCAFS: International climate change debates are often based upon simplistic assumptions of how men and women perceive and address risks and uncertainty. For instance, women are commonly portrayed as a homogenous group who are always more vulnerable than men to climate change simply because they are women. Yet the relationship between gender, poverty and vulnerability

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Climate Change Is Far From Abstract As Frost Kills Off Local Farmers’ Crops

Mar 6th, 2013 | By
Nepal women

IRISH Times: They look like rice terraces, neat steps of land carved all the way up the steep hillsides, the mighty snow-capped Himalayan mountain range in the distance. But go closer and it’s not rice but potatoes that are growing in this lush valley about an hour’s journey north of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. “We used

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Green Ilam Gets Greener

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
Nepal Ilam

Nepal Times: Eastern Nepal’s model township is on its way to becoming the country’s first Green City. Nepal’s easternmost district of Ilam is known for its diligent citizens and scenic tea gardens, but it is also showing the way about how towns can be cleaner and greener with community participation and competent leadership. The main

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A Nepalese Perspective On Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia

RTCC: Nepal nestles beneath one of the greatest wonders of the world – the Himalayas – and this gives Nepalese a unique perspective on the effects of climate change. As the world warms our vast glaciers will melt, causing torrents of flood water to cascade through our country. We are sandwiched between China and India,

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Climate Change Debate Continues As Thousands Suffer Water Shortages

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

Global Press Institute: As climate change disrupts water flow patterns in every region of Nepal, the availability of drinking water has become a serious threat to farms, livestock and families. For 53 years, Sunchari Dunwar, 65, has had the same daily routine. Married at the age of 12, she has risen early every morning to

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Livestock Climate Change Vulnerability Study Tour For Communities

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
The tour participants are ready to go back home after completing the tour of the dairy farm.

LCCCRSP: Local communities in Nepal participate in livestock climate change vulnerability study and field tour. On January 2, 2012, local communities in the Thulokhola watershed in Nuwakot gave the SLPS project research team a heartfelt traditional welcome with garlands and red powder, as well as flowers, fruits, coconuts and water jars adorned with flowers as

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Nepal: Pilot Programme For Climate Resilience By World Bank

Jan 21st, 2013 | By

World Bank: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities. Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of US$16 million, and a

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By

CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Back From The Climate Cliff

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
Nepal women

Nepali Times: The climate conference in Doha last month was another missed opportunity to stop the catastrophic warming of the planet. Known by its wordy official name, the 18th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was also confined to just that: words.The Doha Climate Summit failed to set

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Quicker Fix For Climate Change

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Nepal 24Hr: The Doha climate change conference this year was the most significant in nearly 20 years of gatherings under the U.N. Framework Convention process aimed at staving off future global warming disaster. Since carbon dioxide emission limits agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol were to expire at the stroke of midnight on December

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Climate Change And Its Impact On Societies

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Daily Mirror: The key issue that climate change researchers must explore in Sri Lanka is to access conflict-affected sites to assess impacts of climate change on the highly vulnerable IDP communities so as to build their resilience through resettlement which is both sensitive and responsive to climate change. This will in turn significantly and positively

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Nepal: Turn On The Heat

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
Nepal Govt. Everest-Republica

My Republica: The lead up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change was pretty bland. The meetings got underway in Doha on November 26 without the prelude of the picturesque Cabinet meetings near the top of world. In the lead up to the annual UN Conference on Climate Change three years ago, Nepal’s government

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€10,000,000 Rural Livelihood and Climate Adaptation Programme in Himalayan Region

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
EU logo

ICIMOD : European Union & ICIMOD launch €11 million Rural Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation programme in the Himalayan region. Five year programme spans Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nepal The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) today (4 Dec 2012) signed a €11 million agreement

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Himalayas Get Climate Funds

Dec 5th, 2012 | By

Nature (blog): Some respite for the people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) grappling with the effects of climate change.A new grant of 11 million euros announced today will go into livelihood development and mitigation of climate change impacts for people in the region. The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Climate Justice Ambassadors in Nepal’s

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By

Global Youth Board member Abhisekh organized Nepal’s first Academy himself with the assistance from Integrated Effort for Development (IED), the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and Dhulikhel Municipality. The Academy took place in Dhulikel on 27 November 2012 – the children of Plant-fpr-the-Planet welcome the 40 new Climate Justice Ambassadors who took part! Abhisekh declared: “Nepal

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Climate Change Impact, Adaptation Practices And Policy In Nepal Himalaya

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
Nepal green

UNU: Adaptation to climate change (CC) impact is an emerging area of research and development in Nepal. Many households were deeply affected by climatic variability and natural disasters coupled with a decade-long conflict, leaving them with few options to cope with CC in Nepal. A study was conducted on people’s experience in CC and its

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No Success For REDD+ Without Understanding Possible Impacts

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
Redd plus countries No success for REDD+ without understanding possible impacts on forest biodiversity and people. The world’s rapidly dwindling forests should be valued as more than just “carbon warehouses” to mitigate climate change, according to a new report released today from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. In

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Nepal Faces Shortage Of Young Scientists

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
Tribhuvan university nepal With few students enrolling for science and technology (S&T) courses at the higher educationlevel, Nepal faces a serious shortage of scientists in the near future, experts say. S&T is not attractive enough for students, delegates at the sixth National Conference on Science and Technology, organised by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in

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Nepal’s Development Results Impressive Despite Headwinds: UN

Nov 6th, 2012 | By
Participants in a function organised on the occasion of UN Day in UN House Lalitpur on Friday October 2, 2012.

Nepal News: Untied Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Robert Piper Friday said that Nepal’s development indicators have been impressive despite challenges. “Significant results have been achieved and Nepal’s development indicators continue to improve. These results are all the more impressive given the headwinds development efforts have faced over the last decade in this country,” Piper

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Nepal To Share Micro Hydel Skills In Region

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
Nepal hydropower

Ekantipur: The Nepali expertise in developing micro-hydropower projects to help rural communities meet their energy demands will soon be imparted to other countries in the region and beyond. Experts with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, will be offering technical assistance and training in developing micro-hydropower projects

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Poverty Food Security And Climate Change In Nepal

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
Nepal women

One World South Asia: The rate of poverty in Nepal fell from 31% in 2003 to 25% in 2010. The reduction would have been greater but for the decision to upgrade the standard basket of food that is valued as the core component of the national poverty line. The measure of inequality also improved, the

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Disaster Risk Reduction In Nepal

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
nepal disaster

  Himalayan Times: The United Nations observes the Disaster Risk Reduction Day every year on the 13th of October. The United Nations is focusing on urban disaster risk reduction this year because of the higher contribution of the urban areas to the GDP of the country compared to their rural counterpart. In Nepal, the urban

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Nepal: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
Bagmati Nepal

ADB: The Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project aims to improve water security and resilience to potential climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. It will build on the general public’s desire to restore the river environment in the Kathmandu Valley and the Government’s efforts to improve irrigation development and mitigate the impact of water-induced

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Himalayan Glaciers Debate: Melting Or Growing?

Oct 18th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: Satellite images are making the fate of the Himalayan glaciers clearer, but not that of the people who live downstream, finds Smriti Mallapaty. Satellite observations are providing a clearer picture of changes in the glaciers on the world’s tallest mountain range — but there’s still not enough information to answer a vital question: how

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Environmentally Correct: Nepal

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

My Republica: It has taken some steps, but Nepal has a long way to go to address climate change Climate change has increasingly been understood as a real threat to human life and our support system. In the late 1970s, climate change discussions were the main focus of the scientific community. After 30 years, people

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Nepal: Go Green

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
Nepal green

The Republica: The green economy is emerging as an important concept in the field of development. Though this is a relatively new concept, defined and interpreted in a different context, it has primarily been on the global agenda since the launch of a report titled “Towards a Green Economy- Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty

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Farmer-Led Innovation Can Help Solve Food Security Challenges

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

ANU News: Since the 1960s, Nepal has registered 62 new high-yielding rice varieties. The method for developing new varieties has evolved in those years, to a method where farmers are now at the hub of the technological innovation process and work closely with scientists and policymakers. This innovative approach was the subject of a recently

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Nepal: Country At The Top Of The World Has Had More Than Fair Share Of Tragedies

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
Nepal tragidy-telegraph

Telegraph UK: The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies. The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies.At least nine foreign tourists died

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Can The Kathmandu Valley Be Saved?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Kathmandu valley

The Ecologist: The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. KATHMANDU: It is “clean-up” day on Nepal’s major river, the Bagmati. Uniformed military personnel troll the banks of the river, picking up

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Nepal Avalanche Caused By Recent Heavy Snow Fall: Experts

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
Glaciers gaining ice Experts in climate change and the changing environment of the Himalayan region said Sunday’s avalanche that left at least nine dead and five others missing in northern Nepal was caused by large quantity of soft snow that had piled up since Sept. 14. “In the past three days, the mercury went on increasing in

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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What I learnt on the Nepal ‘Climate Smart Trek’

Sep 17th, 2012 | By

CDKN (blog): Nepali journalist Saroj Dhakal interviews British Council Climate Champion, Saurav Dhakal on his experience of completing the Great Himalayan Trail and what he thinks is needed to promote climate compatible development in the region. I recently had the opportunity to discuss, over a cup of ‘chai’, with the British Council Climate Champion, Saurav

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NEPAL: Adaptation To Climate Change Goes Local

Sep 14th, 2012 | By

IRI News: In the next few months Nepal will start implementing local adaptation plans for climate vulnerable communities in its impoverished far-and mid-western region under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). NAPAs, submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, provide a process for Least Developed Countries to identify priority activities that respond

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Climate Change Adaptation in Nepal

Sep 8th, 2012 | By

Nepal News: Managing climate change has been one of the most serious challenges of the twenty-first century. Most scientific bodies have projected that if the global temperature rises 2 degrees Celsius above the level of 1990, it will cause drastic changes in weather patterns, extinct several species, and introduce new diseases among others. Countries of

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Nepal Views: China’s Water Resources and Pak-India Water Brawl

Sep 7th, 2012 | By

Telegraph Nepal: China also has tremendous water resources. More than 2700 cubic meters of water flow from the country every day. Out of this, 6, 67,000 MW hydroelectricity can be produced. Of which 3, 00, 080 MW can be produced comfortably. China has already produced 80,000 MW of hydro power. By constructing 7 dams in

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Nepal: Bureaucracy Holds Up Climate Adaptation Finance

Sep 6th, 2012 | By

IRN News: A tortuous planning process in Nepal is preventing climate adaptation funding – earmarked under the country’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) – from reaching local communities, experts say. “We are so engrossed in national processes,” Raju Pandit Chhetri, co-author of a 2011 Oxfam report on climate adaptation finance, told IRIN. “Let us

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New Studies Provide Insights on Glaciers in the Greater Himalayan Region

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

ICIMOD: Four recent studies published in Nature and Science (Bolch et al. 2012; Gardelle et al. 2012; Kääb et al. 2012; Yao et al. 2012) strengthen the evidence for overall mass loss from glaciers in the greater Himalayan region. The studies also indicate: despite the overall loss, no significant mass gains or losses have occurred

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Nepal Youth Day Celebration Highlights Tough Issues And Talent

Sep 4th, 2012 | By

Khabar South Asia: Young people in the Himalayan nation offer creative solutions to the challenges facing their generation. The talent of young adults was on full display as they rolled out an array of projects and initiatives to mark the International Youth Day on August 12th. The event highlighted how Nepal is working to keep

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Droughts Bring Climate Change Home to Nepali Farmers

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By

IPS News: Farmers in this fertile central district of south Nepal are convinced that an intense drought between May and early July that destroyed their maize crops is the result of climate change.  “Last year my farms produced over 20 quintals of maize, but this time I could barely harvest one quintal,” 60-year-old farmer Padmakanta

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
Nandi Kund 32 km track from Madmaheshwar

Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Nepal’s Gritty Forest Conservationist

Aug 20th, 2012 | By

Himalayan Times: After forest encroachers attacked Nanda Devi Kunwar (40) with daggers, her right hand does not work, while the left pains severely. She cannot eat unless someone feeds her yet she is determined for conservation of the forests till the end of her life. Chairman of Madhuma-lati Nanda Proposed Community Forests, Malakheti VDC, Kailali,

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