Need of dedicated ministry on climate change stressed «

Need of dedicated ministry on climate change stressed

Kathmandu- Speakers at a programme have underlined the need of establishing a dedicated ministry on climate, while a group of lawmakers could be formed to deal with climate change issues. Integrated approach among diverse sectors is essential to cope with the impacts of climate change.

For this, dedicated ministry and lawmakers’ group could facilitate, they added. At a programme organized jointly by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Crista and Gyannovation here Thursday, lawmaker Pradip Paudel viewed there were dedicated ministries and committees on climate in foreign countries, which Nepal can follow, as the climate is taking toll on us.

In order to create pressure for it, lawmakers in Nepal also began the debate, he added. Similarly, UML leader Thakur Gair, CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Madhav Sapkota, Rastriya Swatantra Party leader Shovita Gautam viewed a separate structure could be mulled to amplify voices on climate change impacts in Nepal. CDD Chair Dr Dila Sangraula opined that women were most vulnerable to climate change, so time has come to take measures ensure their resilience.

Moreover, environment inspector at Ministry of Forest and Environment, Hashana Shrestha, presented the facts that women are bearing the brunt of climate crises. So, the programmes launched for development could pay heed to it. Chairman of Khaniyabas rural municipality of Dhading, Ran Bahadur Tamang, vowed incorporation of climate change in local school curriculum. Advisor to rural municipality national federation, Lekhnath Pokhrel, said innovative practices on climate change adaptation were going on at local level under the women leadership.

Chairman of Disaster Risk Reduction Media Society, Surendra Pande, worried why media failed to pay adequate attention to this pressing issue. Romy Ghimire, who has involved in disaster risk reduction for long, said several local governments had also worked well on climate change CDD General Secretary Jivan Bhandari, youth activist Urisha Upadhyay and expert Uday Adhikari spoke briefly on role of media, global status of climate change and insurance scheme for compensation. The programme was held on the occasion of the International Women’s Day in the federal capital, Kathmandu.