From: Editor, World Wildlife Fund
Published August 5, 2011 09:05 AM

Himalayan nations develop energy, water roadmap in lead up to climate summit

Kathmandu, Nepal: Experts from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal gathered in Kathmandu in late July for discussions on long-term energy security in the Himalayas, concluding a series of planning sessions that aim to put an ambitious10-year regional climate change adaptation plan in motion.


The energy meet saw participating nations develop five key strategies for regional cooperation in climate change and energy security, including the diversification in supply and use of cleaner energy resources, enhancing access to clean energy and improving efficiency.

"The Himalayas are one of the biologically richest areas on Earth. But they are also among the most vulnerable to climate change," said Tariq Aziz​, leader of WWF's Living Himalayas Initiative. "Creating conditions that make the uptake of clean energy technologies feasible is an important part of ensuring the needs of local communities are met without negative impacts on the environment," he said.

Held in advance of the November 2011 Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas, the series of meetings examined how the 4 nations can ensure water, food and energy security while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services throughout the region.

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