Mountain countries seek to unite, air concerns about climate change – CNN.com

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Environment, Geography, Health, History, Human Rights, International, Region, Resources, Tajikistan
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Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Mountain countries from around the world are seeking a common voice in global climate change negotiations to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of mountain areas.

As part of this effort, government and nongovernmental representatives from 30 countries — from China to Uganda, Peru to Tajikistan — met in Kathmandu over the past two days to share knowledge and create an alliance.

“In global meetings of countries, whether in Copenhagen, Cancun or Durban, it was only the few countries from Central Asia and Nepal that raised the issue of vulnerabilities of mountains,” said Ilhomjon Rajabov, head of the Climate Change Center of Tajikistan’s Ministry of Environment.

According to David Molden of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, a Kathmandu-based research and lobby group, mountain areas are responsible for 50% of the world’s fresh water and biodiversity.

He hopes that the alliance of the mountain countries will be as strong and influential as the alliance of island nations in global climate change negotiations.

“Governments like India also ignore mountain areas because only a small population lives in the mountains,” he said. “They are not vote banks.”

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