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Melting Himalayan Glaciers: People, Environment, Economies

April 12, 2019 | 10:30 to 12:00 ET, 14:30 to 16:00 GMT

Room MC 2- 800, World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington DC

Melting of the Himalayan glaciers, caused by climate change and black carbon from pollution, poses major risks to the people, environment and economies in South Asia and beyond.

A vital source of water for eight countries from Afghanistan to Myanmar, Himalayan glaciers store 10 percent of the world’s freshwater and support irrigation, energy, and the livelihoods of 750 million people living downstream.

Left unchecked, glacier melting will trigger a higher loss of biodiversity, lower economic growth, and more acute food and water shortages in the future.

This growing threat and solutions to curb shrinking glaciers and foster a sustainable mountain economy will underpin this event’s proceedings.

Expect fast-paced data-blitz presentations, cutting-edge research, and a vibrant discussion with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, including a live interaction with a National Geographic Society team from Mount Everest.

In partnership with the National Geographic Society 

Moderation by Manisha Natarajan, Journalist and Anchor at CNBCTV18 (India).

Speakers

Executive Director for Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) and CEO of Mountain and Glacier Organization (MGPO)

Lead Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank

Paul Mayewski

Director and Professor, University of Maine Climate Change Institute

Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank Group

Manisha Natarajan Journalist and Anchor at CNBCTV18

Journalist and Anchor at CNBCTV18