Impact of climate change and other human activities are adversely affecting the Hindu Kush region, says Nepali President
In a move addressing the climate change issue in the Hindu Kush mountain range, Nepal is currently holding a four-day international conference on climate change.
The conference titled ‘Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia’ is being held between December 3-6, 2017.
Inaugurating the conference on December 03, 2017, Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari said, “The Hindu Kush Himalaya Region is the lifeline to tens of millions of people and the impact of climate change and other human activities are adversely affecting the entire region.”
In this regard, she called on the nations to invest in resources that would address climate change concerns.
“I believe that it is high time that nations invest resources to limit the detrimental impact of climate change and environmental degradation rather than spend money on areas that threaten human lives and resources,” said Bhandari.
Stating that the conference would add to the related efforts, Minister for Environment of Nepal Mithila Chaudhary said, “It will strengthen the socio-economic well-being of communities from Myanmar in the east to Afghanistan in the west, and helps conserve biodiversity and cultural diversity in the region.”
The Nepali Ministry for Environment is organizing the conference in collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
It is important to preserve the region for the future of humanity, said David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, while highlighting the geographical significance of the region that stretches from Afghanistan to Myanmar.
The conference will have a participation of 300 experts from different countries of Asia such as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.