South Asia Adaptation Workshop -Sagarika Bhatta

Posted on: August 11, 2016 | views: 492

Climate Tracker initiative is organizing South Asia Workshop in Srilanka for youth on 14-16 of October. It has identified and supported accomplished young climate activists with exceptional communications skills in publicly tracking their countries’ response to the climate change challenge since 2009.

As Youth play a crucial role in awareness and advocacy. There are different ways youth can influence public and decisions. Some of the groups protest, sign petitions, organizes events, rallies etc in order to aware and influence. But Climate Tracker initiative works differently. The conference would be an opportunity for those interested youths who are ready to influence with their writing in Nepal.

Why Nepalese youth should join?
Nepal is one among extreme vulnerable country to climate change.  Climate hazard is expected to increase more in future such as erratic rainfalls, landslides, flashfloods, drought etc in Nepal. Due to low adaptive capacity and poverty, future seems at risk. And we have already observed it in few weeks, erratic rainfall, floods, and landslides killing many lives.

According to NASA, Using unofficial data and adjusting for different base-line temperatures, it appears that February 2016 was likely somewhere between 1.15 and 1.4 degrees warmer than the long-term average, and about 0.2 degrees above last month.

According to IPCC, climate anomalies and changes in extreme events have been observed throughout the South Asia region, with intense rains, floods and droughts reported. Of particular note is severe and recurrent flooding in Nepal. More gradual year-on-year changes in temperature have also been observed, with a 0.09ºC per year increase in recorded in the Himalayas and 0.04ºC per year increase in the Terai (with higher increases in winter).

In Nepal, Temperature increases are also expected to reduce wheat and maize yields, whilst increased variability in both temperature and precipitation will present significant challenges to farming practices. Irrigation fed agriculture will be increasingly threatened as water resources deplete. Landslides and flash floods have already reduced the area of land available for cropping and are likely to continue to reduce productivity in the future  according to practical Action.

The effect of climate change is already being experienced today. Though the long term impacts of climate change can be controlled by mitigation but the impacts today can only be minimized through adaptation. But communities from terai to mountains are facing challenge in order to adapt and reduce vulnerability in Nepal.

At national level, National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)  and National Framework for Local Adaptation Plan for Action (LAPA) are prepared by Government with help of sourcing organization. With objective to implement adaptation actions and integrating climate change into national and local development planning and implementation. It aims to:

1. Promoting community-based adaptation through integrated management of agriculture, water, forest and biodiversity.
2. Building and enhancing adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities through improved system and access to service for agricultural development.
3. Community-based disaster management for facilitating climate adaptation.
4. Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) monitoring and disaster risk reduction.
5. Forest and ecosystem management in supporting climate-led adaptation innovations. 6. Adapting to climate challenges in public health.
7. Ecosystem management for climate adaptation.
8. Empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable management of water resource and clean energy supply.
9. Promoting climate-smart urban settlements.

The writing opportunity and Workshop will give the idea to write the possibilities, research, approach, learn , aware, advocate and in long term  disseminate the idea of adaptation practiced in Nepal among south Asian Country. Luckiest 15 participants will receive fellowship for personal and innovative training to improve their skills on climate advocacy and journalism.