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President Bhandari demands justice at Katowice convention
- Nepal suffers climate change despite low emissions
-, KATOWICE (Poland)
Dec 5, 2018-
President Bidya Devi Bhandari told a global forum that Nepal suffers disproportionate impacts of climate change despite being a low carbon-emitting country.
“We feel as if we have been penalised for mistakes we never made. I reiterate it is incumbent upon the international community to ensure that justice is done,” she said.
In a statement to the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) here today, she said there is a surge in soil-erosion and landslides in the hills while floods and inundation affects the main productive land of Terai, ‘the granary’ of Nepal.
Himalayan glaciers are melting; snow-capped mountains are becoming dark and dull; the possibility of glacial lake outbursts is high; and the river-basin system is adversely affected.
Fresh water springs of the mid and lower hilly region of Nepal are drying up and the surface water reservoirs of the plains are adversely affected owing to the changes in rain cycle and changing patterns of land use. The rural drinking-water system has been disturbed because of the undesirable impacts on natural resources. Even more severe is the impact on agriculture sector.
Such disasters and incidences have a direct bearing on women and indigent people, with rural women bearing the hardship of having to spend hours to fetch water for household consumption, the President said.
Nepal is working diligently to minimize the threat of climate change through National and Local Adaptation Plans of Action. Despite such efforts, carbon missions taking place beyond its boundaries have severely affected Nepal.
The Government of Nepal has initiated the President Chure Conservation Programme.
“We believe this project will contribute to the protection and conservation of the environment of not only Chure area, but also neighbouring countries,” the President said.
Furthermore, Nepal will continue to promote renewable energy and electric-mobility. “We have already started the use of electric vehicles at the President’s Office and we have a policy to extend this to other areas as well,” she said.
President Bhandari said the Government of Nepal plans to develop and implement a model project on climate change as well as design and implement adaptation and mitigation action plans at the local level.
Nepal has also expressed its national commitment in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement and we believe that the commitment to maintain the threshold of 1.5 degree Celsius as outlined in the recent IPCC Special Report will further encourage the world community to traverse resolutely in the path of low carbon emission.
President Bhandari said that Nepal is a country that has been immensely contributing to controlling global warming. Nepal’s contribution is proven by the fact that of the total land of Nepal, 13 per cent is occupied by Himalayas, additional 4 per cent by uncultivable high land and 45 per cent by forest areas.
Published: 05-12-2018 07:14