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Global Convention Underscores Impacts of Climate Change in Tibet

June 4, 2008

Report filed by Environment & Development Desk of DIIR
June 2, 2008 @ 07:19 am BST

Palampur -- Impacts of climate change in Tibet and its consequences
in the region was highlighted at a two-day 'Global Convention on
Climate Change' held in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, from 30 May to 1 June 2008.

The convention was jointly organized by the World Council for
Corporate Governance, World Environment Foundation and Institute of
Directors, and was inaugurated by Professor Prem Kumar Dhumal, chief
minister of Himachal Pradesh.

The conference aims to implement holistic approach for combating
climate change, and to share experience of leading companies in
adopting low carbon, low waste and low energy technologies.

The meeting offered an opportunity for professionals, academics,
policy makers and civil society advocates from across India and
abroad to mutually share their experiences and contribute collective
wisdom to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Ms Chokyi and Ms Dolma Yangzom of Environment and Development Desk
(EDD), Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR)
of the Central Tibetan Administration attended the convention.

Speaking on impacts of climate change in Tibet at the conference, a
researcher at EDD, Chokyi, had drawn attention of participants to the
consequences of climate change on the livelihood of millions of
people in Tibet and neighboring countries.

The Tibetan Plateau has witnessed a sudden rise in temperature since
the early 1970s. This has led to the receding of glaciers, the
shrinking of lakes, and the drying up of permafrost, and many rivers.
Altogether, these are a primary source of Asia's water systems.
Abnormal weather and climate change has increased the frequency of
landslides, causing disasters in the region. Glacial lake outbursts
and floods have also increased in recent years. The impacts of
climate change in Tibet could be particularly devastating for the
livelihoods of downstream that heavily rely on the Tibetan water.
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