Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nepal's adaptation action plan finalized

Himalayan Times (Nepal): Officials at the Ministry of Environment today said the National Adaptation Programme of Action had been finalised and that it would be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by the end of August. The ministry had received US$ 1.3 million grant assistance from donors for the preparation of the document and it took a year for the ministry to complete it.

“This will pave the way for Nepal to receive US$ 6 million — from the funds allocated for the least developed countries — for the implementation of the plan,” said Gyanendra Karki, Technical officer at NAPA under the Ministry of Environment.

Out of 49 countries, 44 have already submitted the adaptation plan. “This is the key document prepared after rigorous homework and it specifies the programmes that should be implemented to adapt in the changing climate and all other concerned ministries were also involved in the preparation of the document,” added Karki.

The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP7) held at Marrakech in 2001 established new funds relevant for adaptation, including the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) under the Convention to support 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to adapt to climate change….

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