‘Integrate climate risk mgmt efforts into national policies’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

Climate change experts have called for mainstreaming climate and disaster risk management efforts into national development policies to minimise the impacts of climate-induced disasters.

The experts from Armenia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda at the Climate Risk Management (CRM) Experts Working Group Meeting that concluded on Tuesday urged the respective countries to put national climate risk management strategy in place to cope with effects of global warming and climate change.

The meeting was organised at a time when the country is hit by series of disasters, including floods and landslides, which claimed the lives of at least 250 people and damaged property worth eight billion rupees. During the meeting, Krishna Chandra Paudel, secretary at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, said there is a need to plan for safer lives and livelihoods to millions of people to help them cope with various impacts of climate change. Addressing the meet on Monday, Sophie Kemkhadze, deputy country director of UNDP Nepal, said the development progress needs to be not just achieved but also crucially protected in the face of climate vulnerabilities.

The meeting concluded with concrete recommendations, including calling for expanding collaboration among development partners, adopting a time-bound action plan for UNDP country offices to support development and implementation national strategies.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:02

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