Bid to ratify climate convention

KATHMANDU: A two-day inception workshop on National Adaptation Programme of Action Project to Climate Change commenced in the capital on Monday. The workshop aims at collecting feedback from stakeholders on ratification of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which Nepal has endorsed.

Prior to becoming eligible to secure funding as a party state to the Convention, Nepal requires preparation for the NAPA. The workshop was organised as per the agreement between the Ministry for Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The workshop is expected to help build common understanding about the NAPA process and identify the thematic areas for adaptation needs the NAPA should consider while formulating it, said the MoEST.

Speaking at the programme, chief secretary Dr Bhoj Ghimire said the government has given top priority to the implementation of the multilateral environment-related agreements, including the climate change convention.

Jorn Sorensen, the deputy country director for the UNDP Nepal, Peter Olesen, the deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Denmark and Clare Shakya, the senior regional environment and water advisor, South Asia Policy Team for the DFID Nepal assured Nepal of continued support on climate change.