Plan sought to curb pollution

Kathmandu, June 4:

Sustainable forest management practices and effective laws can help control the emission of carbon dioxide and control pollution, experts said here today.

Prof Dr Bal Krishna Sapkota said at a programme, “Without effective policy, it will be impossible to find the long-term solution to the problem of carbon emission.”

He added, “The government relies heavily on international support for policy formulation and implementation.”

A strong mechanism is required to coordinate and implement the policy, he further said.

“All projects to be executed in the energy and other sector should be subjected to environmental examination/environmental impact assessment,” he said.

But the requirements are fulfilled only cursorily without paying much attention to the complex analysis usually expected in a standard impact assessment.’

Adoption of cost-effective energy and shift to renewable energy can be the possible alternative to minimise carbon emission, he said.

Ngamindra Dahal of the National Trust for National Conservation, “Climate change will affect everyone and everywhere.”

“Lack of awareness among the general public, politicians, legislative members and planners on climatic change makes the climatic change a social problem.”

Ananda Tiwari, assistant lecturer at the Patan Multiple College, said, “The world has warmed by about 0.6°C during the past century. By the year 2100, surface temperature will rise globally by 1.4-5.8°C relative to the 1990’s level.

The programme was held to mark the World Environment Day with the slogan CO2, kick the habit! Towards low carbon economy’.