Nepal, China join hands in tackling climate change

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-4-8 9:28:09

China and Nepal on Monday signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the framework of the Third Pole Environment program.

The Third Pole Environment (TPE) program, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2009, was dedicated to the study of regions on the Tibetan Plateau; home to millions of people and thousands of glaciers.

Prof. Bai Chunli, president of CAS, and members of his delegation, visited Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest public university in Nepal, where a Third Pole Environment Center has been established.

"We are willing to work together for the scientific and the technological development of Nepal," he said.

The Third Pole region has gained growing attention with its significant role in global atmospheric circulation and its sensitivity for providing a first indication in climate changes. Therefore it is vital for a better understanding of global climate and environment changes and their impacts on and interactions to human activities, experts noted.

During the visit, the university's relevant departments signed MoUs with corresponding institutes of CAS. Hydrology and Meteorology and the Institute of the Tibetan Plateau Research under CAS.

Vice-chancellor Prof. Hira Bahadur Maharjan of the university, said the scientific communities of the two countries should make the best use of Nepal's unique biodiversity, land and climate variations.

The Chinese delegation also visited the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two institutions.

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing center serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

The two sides signed a MoU on cooperation between CAS' TPE program and ICIMOD, aiming to help further scientific understanding of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and bolster cooperation among countries in the region.

ICIMOD and CAS have been strategic partners for decades, working on areas of scientific research and knowledge sharing for sustainable mountain development.

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