Kathmandu, Nov 9: The International Conference on Mountain People Adapting to Change started in the capital city on Sunday jointly organized by Ministry for Science, Technology and Environment and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
Â Inaugurating the Conference, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Dr Govinda Raj Pokharel said the countries including Nepal in the region of the Himalayan Range had high possibilities in using the abundance of natural resources available despite which they remained in a state of poverty, and underscored the urgency in using the natural resources.
Â He expressed belief that in the Conference crucial scientific knowledge and experience would be exchanged to stave off the negative impact of the Climate Change.
Â ICIMOD Director Eklabya Sharma stressed on preserving the Himalayan Range and the natural and cultural heritage found in the region citing lives of many were associated with it.
Â Environment Secretary Dr Krishnachandra Poudel said that the Conference would work as an important forum for a country like Nepal with 80 per cent of hilly and mountainous area to make its voice heard in the international community.ICIMOD Executive Director David Molden said that the global warming had affected the Himalayan region and the habitat of the people living in the area.
The Conference is being held to highlight the issue of the mountainous regions and the impact of global warming in the Himalayan region on the eve of the 20th conference of the countries related to Climate Change to be held in Lima, Peru from the first week of December, according to ICIMOD.
Â The Conference is being participated by more than 250 policy makers, researchers, experts, politicians, representatives of various organizations and media persons from 25 different countries.