Protecting the Himalayan Glaciers

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Protecting the Himalayan Glaciers

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The mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram span 2,400 kilometers across six nations and contain 60,000 km² of ice – storing more water than anywhere besides the Arctic and Antarctic. Climate change and air pollution are speeding up the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of 750 million people who rely on the water from these glaciers and snows.

Melting glaciers and loss of seasonal snow pose significant risks not just to the people who live at their foot but to the stability of water resources in the South Asia region more broadly. The impacts will only get worse unless greater efforts are made to curb black carbon deposits from factories, fires, and vehicles that are accelerating melting. Our expert panel will discuss challenges and solutions to address glacier melt, improve water and energy security, and air quality, and thus create a better future for millions of South Asians.

  • Opening Remarks: Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank Group 
  • Presentation: Muthukumara S. Mani, Lead Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank 
  • Panel discussion: Swarnim Waglé, Former Vice-Chair, National Planning Commission, Nepal; Aisha Khan, Chief Executive, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change & CEO of Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization; Jemma Wadham, Director of the Cabot Institute for the Environment, University of Bristol.
  • Moderation: Subina Shrestha, Emmy-nominated, award-winning journalist and filmmaker
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Govinda Ghimire

South Asia is vulnerable to climate change and especially when it comes to the melting of glaciers due to climate change (Global Warming).The role of 'Green Economy ' could play the role to mitigate and adapt the climate change of the region.Kindly share your valuable remark.
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 06:48

Hello everyone, and welcome to Protecting the Himalayan Glaciers. We'll start the event in a few minutes. Please stay tuned and submit your comments and questions using the live chat. You can follow the conversation on Twitter with #MeltingGlaciers
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 06:57

Hello everyone! We will begin the event now. If you have any questions, please submit below. Muthukumara Mani the author of the report and lead economist will take questions. Thank you!
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 07:02
Yann Doignon

Hartwig Schafer Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank Group: It is clear that melting glaciers diminish seasonal snow and change it – changes in the precipitation pose a significant risk to lives and to livelihoods for communities high up in the Himalayas, but also in the lower ranges.
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 07:08
Yann Doignon

Muthukumara S. Mani, Lead Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank: "No doubt, glaciers are melting all over the world because of climate change.  But glacial melt is of particular significance and concern to South Asia region, especially in the Himalayas."
Thu, 06/03/2021 - 07:12

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