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Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas - Himalayan Footsteps

On 19 November the Governments of Nepal, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh meet in Thimphu, Bhutan for an important summit: They come together to discuss the impacts of Climate Change they are facing, and actions that need to be taken at the Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas

The impacts of global climate change are showing rapidly in the Himalayas, with melting glaciers and changing weather patterns. The dangers arising from that afford urgent action of adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

It is planned to:

  1. Adopt and endorse a 10-year road map for adaptation to climate change in the Eastern Himalaya’s sub-region for ensuring food, water and energy security while maintaining biodiversity and eco-system services.
  2. Secure pledges from partner countries, institutions and individuals to fund and collaborate in the implementation of the road map.
  3. Create and operationalize regional expert groups to advice Governments in implementing the road maps and addressing emerging challenges.

Four key themes will be addressed during the Summit:

  1. Ensuring food security and livelihoods.
  2. Securing the natural fresh water systems of the Himalayas.
  3. Securing biodiversity and ensuring its sustainable use.
  4. Ensuring energy security and enhancing alternative technologies.

Attention will also be paid to cross-cutting issues such as health and disaster risks related to climate change. You can access the papers each country will present about Food, Water, Energy and Biodiversity on this page.