Policy links to global climate bid
Posted by NYCA Blogger on October 19, 2008
Kathmandu, October 17
The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) has drafted a national policy on climate change. Data reveals that the average temperature of the country is increasing by 0.06 degree Celsius annually.
According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the mercury has risen 1.8 degrees Celsius over the past 32 years. This has resulted in the melting of the Himalayas, glacial lake outbursts, flash floods, heavy rainfall, drought, pestilence, water scarcity and attendant problems. “The policy will help understand the process of climate change and find sustainable solution to tackle the global problem. Nepal had lacked a concrete policy on this. This can work as a guiding principle for all future initiatives” said Purusottam Ghimire, joint secretary, MoEST. The policy highlighted the dire need of a technical apex body, which can carry out research, surveillance and other related activities. It laid stress on management of environment and natural resources, lessening the risk of natural disaster and emission control to curb pollution.
Source: The Himalayan Times. 18 October, 2008