Youth Perspectives on Promoting Green Economy in South and Central Asia - ICIMOD Side Event: Planet Under Pressure 2012

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Background

Confronted with the challenge of climate change, the global community is trying to shift towards a low-carbon or green economy. South and Central Asian countries have good prospects in this regard because their economies are largely agrarian and natural resource based. Climate change is having particularly serious impacts on the vital ecosystem services of mountain regions. However there are large gaps in data, information, and scientific understanding of climate change processes and impacts in the region. Researchers, including the younger generation, lack capacity, knowledge, and networking skills to contribute. With strong policies for mountains also lacking, poverty remains a key driver challenging the successful uptake of opportunities provided by the green economy. Young scientists, practitioners, and teachers have the power to change societal behaviours. But they need adaptative education, motivation, exposure, and skills.

Objective

This session, focusing on the Hindu Kush Himalayan and Pamir mountain regions, will provide a learning platform for sharing and discussing the latest information and perspectives of young researchers from these regions. Its aim is to develop recommendations for policy makers and scientists. Starting with an overview of the regional contexts, the session will then share information on potentials, constraints, and opportunities of the green economy. It will draw on results from:
  • the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Development organized by ICIMOD in September 2011;
  • regional assessment reports prepared for Rio+20; and
  • a virtual consultation on youth perspectives on Rio+20 in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Central Asian mountains organized by ICIMOD and The Small Earth Nepal.
The session will also include country presentations from India, Nepal, and Uzbekistan.

Programme

  • Youth Perspectives on Promoting Green Economy in Asia Pacific Mountains: Options and Opportunities - Tek Jung Mahat
  • Preparing for Implementation of Green Economy as a Driver by Youth at National Level – A Case from Nepal - Jeeban Panthi
  • Go Green: Lessons for Sustainable Development in South Asia - Abhijit Shukla
  • Cooperation of Cotton-Growing Farmers in Uzbekistan Towards Improved Resilience Against Growing Water Scarcity in Central Asia - Nodir Djanibekov
  • Floor Discussion: 5–10 Interventions
  • Way Forward and Wrap-Up - Tek Jung Mahat

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