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Last Updated: Wed, 27.02.13 15:05

Stakeholders urge speedy implementation of action plan to tackle climate change

Representatives of the government and non-government organisations working in the climate change issue have stressed on the speed implementation of National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA).

Speaking during a round table discussion on implementation status of NAPA in Nepal organised by Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN)/Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) in Kathmandu Tuesday, Prakash Mathema, Joint Secretary and Head of Climate Change Management Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) stated that Nepal as a chair of Least Developed Country group in the UNFCCC will negotiate in future for separate windows to support for the implementation of NAPA projects and for preparation of the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)."

NAPs addresses the medium and long term adaptation needs of member countries of the UNFCCC whereas NAPAs address urgent and immediate adaptation needs, he added.

Executive Director of Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), Nepal, Ajay Dixit, said that the government's commitment on climate change should also reflect through legal provisions.

Representatives of Clean Energy Nepal Sunil Acharya said that coordination amongst the stakeholders including government, line agencies at national and local level is a prerequisite for effective implementation of policies and programmes.

Nepal is in the process to access approximately US$ 37 millions from various bilateral and multi lateral funding sources to implement the projects identified in NAPA.

From Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Nepal is in the process of accessing around US$ 18 million out of USD 20 million allocated for each member country.

NAPA is a key document prepared by the Government of Nepal in 2010 to address urgent and immediate adaptation needs to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It had identified nine combined profile adaptation projects estimating US$ 350 million as the cost for implementation.

A research conducted in 18 districts of Nepal by CCNN/CEN showed that in many districts climate change projects are being implemented without the institutional framework as specified in the NAPA document. Nepalnews.com