Karnali national conference on climate change issues ‘Jumla Call for Action-2017’

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JUMLA — The two-day national conference on climate change concluded in Jumla Monday, issuing the declaration on ‘mountain agenda: Julma call for action-2017’.

The 10-point declaration issued for justice to the mountain people calls for preventing and minimising climate change impact on mountain life by controlling and reducing such impact on food security and drinking water, according to Gobinda Shahi, programme director of Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre, ( KIRDARC), the event organiser.

The world community has been appealed from Jumla, the remote part of the least development country Nepal, for dealing with the issues of climate change tactfully.

‘The Jumla Call for Action-2017’ is expected to draw the attention of the world towards mountain/highlands issues.

The first point of the Jumla Call for Action is about the promotion of local indigenous knowledge, technology and skills, conservation of biological diversity and encouragement to the integrated and community natural resource management practices for the climate change adaptation and minimisation.

The second point is related to guarantee of meaningful participation of women and marginalised communities in policies and programmes prepared and to be prepared by the government, non-government and private sectors relating to climate change, food security and drinking water.

Raising awareness at the local level about the impact of climate change in mountain region and its possible consequences, and advocating and pleading at the national and international level for environment and climate change justice are mentioned in the third point.

The fourth point comprises the issues relating to the promotion of local entrepreneurship and expansion of market access, tourism and employment opportunities to enhance climate change adaptation and adjustment capacity while the fifth point is about the addressing the compulsion of mountain people to leave their original place and move to another location owing to increasing impact of climate change in the mountain region.

The next sixth, seventh and eighth points are about formulation of inclusive national policies and rule to address distinct issues concerning the mountain life, formation of a separate mechanism to deal with the issues of the mountain at the federal, provincial and local levels and making combined efforts to conserve water sources, their proper utilisation and management and controlling water pollution.

Similarly, the ninth point calls for making efforts to establish research centre to study the issues of climate change and its effects. The 10th point calls for the localizations of international treaties and conventions including Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Convention and Sendai Action Plan signed by Nepal.

Issues related to migration, agriculture, forest, biodiversity, effect of climate change in livelihood and health sector were raised by experts in the seminar.

The experts have alerted that Nepal should timely think about the possible consequence to be caused by the climate change as Nepal is located between China and India. China tops the list of countries with highest carbon emission and India is the sixth one therefore, its direct effect occurs in Nepal.

The experts had opined for making the locals and government more and more responsible to tackle the issues of climate change even by increasing the budget in the sector.

While delivering the concluding remarks, KIRDARC Nepal chair Ratna Lal Kulal shared that the paper will make justice to 22 mountainous districts as it has discussed various aspects witnessed in these districts. He further urged all to cooperate to tackle the burning issues. RSS