KATHMANDU: Department for International Development is organising a three-day South Asian conference on climate change from August 31 to September 2 in Kathmandu.
Dr Simon Lucas, climate change and inclusive growth
advisor of DFID, said, “During
the meet, we hope to form a consensus on key issues to be addressed by the South Asian nations at the global conference in Copenhagen in December.”
“The Himalayas are the source of water for 700 million people in this region so it is essential to reach a consensus on ways to conserve the region,” Lucas added. “Poverty reduction efforts of the government and international funding agencies may reverse if the effect of climate change is not taken seriously.” Arjun Kumal, communication manager of DFID, said, “The conference will bring together climate experts, officials and politicians.”
A version of this article appears in print on August 17, 2009 of The Himalayan Times.