International Conference on

Understanding Climate Change and Enabling Climate Action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Kathmandu, Nepal
10 - 13 April 2017

Background

Climate change is a defining issue of our time. Scientific data and assessments are essential for understanding how it is changing over time. They provide necessary ingredients for evidence-based policy for climate actions from local to global levels. With the Paris climate change global accord in place, there is a need for concentrated efforts to increase climate resilience through appropriate adaptation measures as well as mitigation of emissions. Furthermore, achieving the ambitious goals formulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for regional cooperation and future climate investments.

Mountains may be rugged and majestic, but there are also fragile environments that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The warming trend in the Himalayas is higher than the global average, which is a cause for grave concern. Climate change also contributes to the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and natural hazards. Unseasonal rainfall can lead to flooding and destroy crops; too little rain can lead to crop failure and have broad-reaching consequences on the economy and the lives of people. Habitat change has an impact on wildlife, farming and grazing conditions, natural resources from timber to medicinal herbs, and the survival of a rich variety of unique cultures. Thus a focus on the need for scientific data, informed policymaking and effective adaptation and mitigation to climate change is crucial. 

The Government of Nepal has embarked climate smart development with a sound policy framework and number of programmes both on adaptation and mitigation efforts. Currently, Nepal serves as a chair on Adaptation board of the UN’s least developing countries and is spearheading national and local adaptation plans and actions for mainstreaming it into the sustainable development agenda.

Organizers

Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), Government of Nepal
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

With participation of IPCC

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Collaborating organizations 

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