11 March: ICIMOD – Nepal Day highlights opportunities in climate change adaptation


On Friday March 11, ICIMOD and its Nepal partners organised a Nepal-Day knowledge sharing event on Enhancing Climate Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Nepal. A large number of representatives from the government, diplomatic missions, donor community, and partner organisations took part in the event, including the Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission and ICIMOD Board member, Dr Jagadish Chandra Pokharel; the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Thomas Gass; Member of the Constituent Assembly, Dr Arzoo Deuba; Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Mr Yubaraj Bhusal; and members of diplomatic and foreign missions in Kathmandu. In recent years, ICIMOD, with support from its development partners, especially the Governments of Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, has strengthened its knowledge and capacity in the field of climate change adaptation by jointly designing and launching projects and programmes to deal with issues such as disaster risk reduction, livelihoods diversification, biodiversity conservation, integrated watershed management, and avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD, welcomed participants, stressing the need for a long-term perspective when addressing climate change adaptation and resilience building as well as the need to bridge the persistent knowledge gap in the field of climate change research in the Himalayan region. The Chief Guest, the Honourable Dr Jagadish Pokharel, expressed his happiness about the initiatives taken by ICIMOD in the field of climate change adaptation and resilience building over the past years and said that they could serve as a model for the work which needs to be done in Nepal in this field.

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