Nepal to host International climate Change Conference

Global scientists and policy planners come to Nepal to discuss Climate Change Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood

Jan. 11, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -13 December. 26- 2014 (Poush 11, 2071)

The three-day International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood will bring together leaders in the field of climate science and policies for a comprehensive overview of the research works and lessons towards climate compatible development. The Conference will be held in Kathmandu from January 12-14.

Climate change is one of the most crucial environmental, social, and economic issues the world is facing today. The poor and least developed countries are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to their least adaptive measures to deal with it. In this context, the scientists and policymakers are working to explore innovative ideas and practices on building resilience and climate change adaptation for sustainable development and livelihood, particularly for rural sectors of developing countries which are under high vulnerability to climate change.

"In the present context of unprecedented changes that are occurring in the climate system, there is a need to emphasis on climate friendly sustainable development. The upcoming conference aims to explore ideas from climate innovations to climate compatible development" said Dr. Madan Lall Shrestha, an academician at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and advisor at Small Earth Nepal (SEN).

The conference will cover various topics ranging from climate science, water resource and hydrology, biodiversity and natural resource management, gender to agriculture and livestock relevant to the livelihood of people in low and middle income countries, especially in those in monsoon-dominated South Asia.

Jointly organised by Small Earth Nepal (SEN), Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) from Nepal and City University of New York (CUNY) and Colorado State University (CSU) from USA, the conference will discuss wide range of issues.

Along with those, the organization like USAID, ICIMOD and Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) are also supporting the conference.

More than 200 participants representing scientists, policy planners, climate change practitioners and related field experts and leaders from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors working on sustainable livelihood from 20 countries will attend the conference that will feature 75 oral presentations, 55 posters, 3 plenary sessions and 2 panel discussions during the three-day period.  An innovation fair comprising a dozen exhibition stalls to showcase new products and concepts for climate change mitigation from different countries will also be held at the conference venue.


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