Mountain Day - 4 December 2011

The Breakers Resort, Durban, South Africa

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:30 Session A: Opening Session
  Chair: Mr Hem Raj Tater, Honourable Minister of Environment, Government of Nepal

Video film: "Melting Himalayas" - 3 mins

Welcome remarks:
Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD - 8 mins
Mrs Vera Scholz, Head of GIZ Climate Change Department - 8 mins

Keynote Address by the Chief Guest:
Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India - 15 mins
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Brief introduction of the Mountain Day programme:
Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD and Mountain Day Coordinator  - 5 mins
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Remarks by Chair:
Mr Hem Raj Tater, Honorouble Minister of Environment, Government of Nepal - 5 mins

10:40-11:50 Session B: Mountains Ministers’ Panel
  Theme: Mountain Agenda, Climate Change and Rio+20

Chair & Moderator: Honourable Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Minister of Agriculture and Forest, Bhutan - 10 mins
  • Honourable Minister of Environment of Italy (TBC) – 5 mins
  • Honourable Minister of Environment, Costa Rica (confirmed). – 5 mins
  • Honourable Minister of Environment, Ethiopia (TBC) – 5 mins
  • Honourable Minister Mr. Stanislas Kamanzi Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources
    Republic of Rwanda (TBC) – 5 mins
  • Honourable Minister of Environment, Nepal (confirmed) – 5 mins
Q & A and wrap up - 30 mins
12:00-13:00 Session C: Policy/Decision Makers Panel to Reflect and Moderate discussion on the topic
  Global, Regional and National Policies and Approached For Sustainable mountain Development in a Changing Climate:

Chair of the Panel: Ms Mary Barton-Dock, Director ENV Department – 5 mins

Members of the Panel:

  • Mr Kamil Vilinovic, Directoral Geeneral of Department of EU and Environmental Policies (TBC) – 5 mins
  • Mr Krishna Gyawali, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Govt. of Nepal – 5 mins
  • Mr Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, UNDP HQ, New York – 5 mins
  • Mr Marco Onida; Secretary General; Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention – 5 mins
Q & A and wrap up - 30 mins
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Session D: Parallel Working Sessions
  Session D1: Mountains, Climate Change from Scientific Evidence to Policy and Adaptation
  Chair: Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD       
  1. Regional paper on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Options in HKH
    -Dr Eklabya Sharma and Dr. Bhaskar Karky, ICIMOD – 12 mins
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  2. Information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Europe (André Jol, Head of Group for Vulnerability and Adaptation – European Environment Agency) and Baptiste Chatré, Alpine Convention - 12 mins
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  3. Impacts of climate change in the Andean Mountains
    -Dirk Hoffmann, MSc.; Director, Bolivian Mountain Institute - BMI, Bolivia - 12 mins
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  4. Impacts of climate change in the Pamir Mountains
    -Mr Ilhom Rajabov, Head, Climate Change Centre, Tajikistan - 12 mins
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  5. Mountains, Climate Change from Scientific Evidence to Policy and Adaptation - Linking Scientific Evidence to Actions
    -Dr. Paolo Cristofanelli, Researcher, EVK2CNR - 12 mins
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Moderated Exchange with Audience

  • Dr Dinesh Chandra Devkota, Former Vice-Chair, National Planning Commission, Nepal – 5 mins
  • Dr BMS Rathore, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India – 5 mins
  • One Chinese climate policy maker (TBC)
  Session D2: Mountains and Adaptation – Challenges and Opportunities with a Vision of Rio+20
  Chair: Mr Mario Boccucci,Chief, UNEP Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit          
  1. Green Economy for Sustainable Adaptation and in Mountains: Mainstreaming climate change into Rio+20
    -Joint presentation by ICIMOD, UNEP and MPS – 10 mins
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  2. Implementation Challenges for Adaptation – GIZ Experiences in Mountains
    -Mrs Vera Scholz, Head of GIZ Climate Change Department – 10 mins
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  3. Gender and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies, Opportunities and Policies in Mountain Contexts
    -Dr Asun St. Clair, Lead Author, 5th IPCC Fifth Assessment report, Working Group II - 10 mins
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  4. Promoting South-South Exchange and Collaboration for Improved Adaptation Learning and Resilient Livelihoods Regional Adaptation Roadmap for Mountains
    -Dr Alton Byers, The Mountain Institute – 8 mins
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  5. A summary of the outcome of the three regional meetings on climate change impacts and adaptation in mountains
    -Mr Olman Serrano, Coordinator, MPS, FAO, Rome – 8 mins
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  6. Application of Satellite Based Knowledge Products for Community Adaptation
    -Mr Basanta Shrestha, ICIMOD – 5 mins
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Moderated Exchange with Audience

  • His Excellency Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations & Coordinator for the Least Developed Country Groups at UN – Chair - 5 mins
  • Representative from the COP15 delegates. – 5 mins
  • Willem from University of Pretoria – 5 mins
16:00-18:00 Session E: Inauguration of the Evening Programme: Sharing of the Key Messages
  • Presentation by Chairs of Working Sessions
  • Sharing of the Key Mountain Day messages by Mountain Day Coordinator
  • Opening of the Information and Knowledge Market Place with brief remarks by different partners
  • Launch of ICIMOD Publications: Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) Climate Change Synthesis Report; HKH Snow & Ice Report and Database; and Photographic Assessment on Gender & Climate Change – 5-7 mins
  • Photo Exhibition: “Himalaya-Changing Landscapes”
16:30 Cocktail

For further information contact

Madhav Karki