July 24, Thimphu: A twenty-two member delegation from Government of Nepal (GoN) and ICIMOD led by Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsai, Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), Nepal is in the country for the exposure visit.
The visit will enhance effective learning and sharing among the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) stakeholders of Nepal and Bhutan to mainstream climate change (CC) adaptation within national programme and plans. The team will also explore successful adaptation planning and its practices at the local level in Bhutan.
GoN has recognised CC adaptation as a fundamental to safeguard the climate vulnerable communities and ecosystems. Being party to UNFCCC, GoN has initiated the NAP formulation process which is coordinated by MoPE and led by nine sectoral government line Ministries.
MoPE engaged seven thematic working groups (TWGs) and two cross-cutting working groups (CWGs) in the NAP formulation process to cover CC sensitive sectors.
The group members are currently engaged in technical discussions around the methodology and approaches for sectoral assessment on CC. Although, they have huge potential to offer, they believe there are still areas where they can further enhance their capacity in terms of CC adaptation. According to a spokesperson, learning from neighbouring countries will add value to their broader understanding of CC adaptation and planning.
The delegation met with the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary and heads of the Departments and Agency yesterday. An overview of the Ministry’s activities was presented to the delegation. Various CC related practices both in Bhutan and Nepal in terms of resources management, food security and livestock were shared during discussion.
During the stay from July 23-28, the delegation will meet officials from the environment and hydrology and metrology and visit the Lampelri Botanical Garden, Phangyul village in Wangdue, ARDC-Bajo and College of Natural Resources among others.
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