1 April: Inception Workshop on Reducing the Impacts of Black Carbon and Other Short-Lived Climate Forcers

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The Inception Workshop on ‘Reducing the Impacts of Black Carbon and Other Short-Lived Climate Forcers’ was held 1–3 April 2012, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The programme, which is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), aims to improve scientific understanding of complex atmospheric processes and changes occurring in the HKH region, as well as to provide knowledge support and coordination for policy formulation that takes into account the transboundary nature of issues related to the atmosphere.

Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, in his welcome address stressed the need to reduce the pollution level, which has visible impacts on health especially in the dry season.

Dr Arnico Panday, Lead Atmospheric Scientist, ICIMOD presented an overview of the impact of black carbon in the HKH region and the objectives of the new programme. M Iyngararasan of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gave an overview of UNEP’s programme on black carbon and short-lived climate forcers. 

Dr Johan Kuylenstierna, Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in his inaugural address highlighted the benefit of reducing black carbon and short-lived climate forcers along with CO2. Prof. T Nakajima, Chair of the ABC Science Team, stressed the importance of earth observation in the mapping of the release of radioactive substances from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, and in understanding pollutants in the HKH region. Basanta Shrestha, Head of the Mountain Environment and Natural Resources Information System (MENRIS), ICIMOD, emphasized the need to build capacity in national institutions and partner with them.