In order to protect mountain and to promote the rights of mountain community all the concern should pay their complete attention. There is immediate need to start the dialogue to develop the harmonious relation between people and environment across the mountain and region that save our people and mountain and lead us towards the sustainable development. To create common platform for the stakeholders to raise their voice for resilience and aware people on consequences of climate change and find ways to capacitate them to act in cooperation to reduce negative impacts of climate change and sustainable development of mountain communities, Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC Nepal), Ministry of Forest and Environment (MOFE), Mountain Partnership, Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NSCMI) and Dan Church Aid (DCA) collaboratively organized dialogue program on Building Resilience of Mountain Communities in the Face of Climate Crisis on 12th December 2020 via virtual platform (Zoom).
Hon’ble Pradeep Gyawali, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs grace his presence as a chief guest of the dialogue, Hon’ble Bimala Rai Poudyal, Member, National Assembly and Hon’ble Krishna Prasad Oli , Member, National Planning Commission were the guests of the program. Sunil Acharya, Regional Advisor Resilience and Climate Change-Practical Action, Yuka Makino: Chair Mountain Partnership,Prakash Lamsal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Forest and Environment were the panelists. Around 60 representatives from different sectors such as government, INGOs, NGOs, Researcher, Media and mountain representatives from different countries were participated in the program. The program was chaired by Gobinda Bahadur Shahi ,Vice Chair Mountain Partnership/Director KIRDARC and moderated by Ms. Geeta Pandey, Environment, Climate Change and Advocacy Manager, KIRDARC. On behalf of the organizers Samjhana Bista, Head of Programme, Dan Church Aid delivered the welcome remarks.
Hon’ble Pradeep Gyawali, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the government initiative to establish global dialogue forum Sagarmatha Sambad to contribute to bring all the stakeholders in the table so that we can indicate tangible steps and make deeper and meaningful commitments to preserve the mountain ecosystem. He stressed that Nepal wants to develop broader collaboration between the mountain communities, mountain countries and the small island countries so that we can develop the synergy and make the meaningful contribution to preserve the mountains. All the guests, speakers and participants stressed for the resiliency of mountain system. There is gap between policy target and actual implementation. Integrating Climate Change into development planning, Deep and pervasive inequalities, One size fits all adaptation measures, Availability of and access to climate information and support service, Issues of connectivity and isolation, Weak outreach of extension system, Capacity building at National, Provincial and Local governments and Conservation & development approaches build upon local peoples knowledge & wisdom were the key challenges discussed. Likewise Catalyzing climate finance for targeted investments in building resilience for mountain communities, development and expansion of climate information management, strengthening supply chains & livelihood diversification , foresting harmony between nature, culture and society etc were the prospects raised for protecting mountains and building resilience.