Understanding Future Climate to Manage Risks Across South Asia


Kathmandu, Nepal

Press Statement

With rising levels of green house gases in the atmosphere, there is growing concern about diverse risks from climate change.  As temperatures increase and rainfall patterns change, communities are asking about the potential impacts on water, food, and energy. 

To help answer such questions, 70 experts from 16 countries are meeting in Kathmandu this week from 27 to 30 August 2013. The meeting is hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS). The programme is funded by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and WCRP.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager of ICIMOD, said the Himalayas provide water resources and various ecosystem services for 1.3 billion people across Asia. “It is in this light that regional cooperation is imperative for us to be able to understand and manage the future risks to these resources,” he said.  

The Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment and focal person for APN, Mr Gokarna Duwadee, said monsoon is important to Nepal and reliable predictions are required for which capacity building is necessary.

The meeting is part of the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), a WCRP initiative to provide global coordination of regional climate downscaling for improved regional climate change adaptation and impact assessment.  The meeting will conduct an evaluation of monsoon climate simulation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) including Tibetan Plateau (TP) region from multiple climate models. Downscaling techniques and their products will be assessed in the HKH.

The experts will also attempt to find ways to bridge gaps between end users’ needs and climate modeling communities, and meet the requests of end-users on downscaled products. In addition, the meeting includes training of operational departments and local policymakers in South Asia and supporting local/regional policymaking as well as sustainable development by providing user-friendly regional downscaling products for South Asia. 

For more information, please contact: 

Ms Nira Gurung,
Senior Communications Officer, ICIMOD
Email: info@icimod.org, ngurung@icimod.org
Tel. +977 1 5003222