'Trans-national coop key to reduce climate change impacts'

`Trans-national coop key to reduce climate change impacts` Kathmandu: Melting Himalayas due to the impact of climate change pose real threat to the lives of the people living in the Hindukush region and there is an urgent need to exchange trans-boundary information to minimise the danger, an environmental body said Saturday.

International Centre for Integrated mountain Development Director General Andreas Schild said that there is an urgent need to exchange trans-boundary information especially related to water resources.

Schild admitted that during the Copenhagen conference climate change in the Himalayan region was not the focus of discussion, as no mountain range country had raised the issue.

He expressed hope that in the next climate change meeting slated to be held in Mexico later this year, the issue of melting Himalayas will emerge as priority topic.

The ICIMOD is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

Out of more than 8,000 glacial lakes situated in the Himalayan range, 1,466 lie in Nepal, according to the latest data, said Pradeep Mool, an expert with the ICIMOD.

Of them 21 glacial lakes have been identified as priority lakes and six of them are taken as high priority due to the high risks associated with it, he said.

Madhav Karki, another expert with the ICOMOD said that Nepal need to work in close coordination with China and India in order to mitigate the impact of the climate change.