Warsaw climate deal finalised as deadlock broken

The Warsaw Summit closed with an agreement late on Saturday evening, after a last-ditch deal was reached on plans for a loss and damage mechanism designed to help developing nations cope with climate change impacts.

COP 19The Warsaw Summit closed with an agreement late on Saturday evening, after a last-ditch deal was reached on plans for a loss and damage mechanism designed to help developing nations cope with climate change impacts.

Forty-eight hours of tense negotiations including a stand-off between the US and developing nations culminated in a compromise deal that sets out a timeline for discussions in the run up to the Paris Summit in 2015 and commits countries to a new loss and damage mechanism.

“Warsaw has set a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreement so it appears on the table at the next UN climate change conference in Peru,” said Marcin Korolec, who presided over the talks on behalf of the Polish government. “This is an essential step to reach a final agreement in Paris in 2015.” (more…)

CIAA forms panel for lake conservation

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has formed a committee to come up with sustainable solutions for mitigating problems in the conservation of lakes and their sources in Pokhara and surrounding areas.

Fewa Lake

Fewa Lake, Pokhara

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has formed a committee to come up with sustainable solutions for mitigating  problems in the conservation of lakes and their sources in Pokhara and surrounding areas.
The committee, which is headed by Kishor Thapa, secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development, comprises of joint secretaries from the MInistry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Local Development and Federal Affairs; and Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation; among others, CIAA said in a statement.

The committee has been asked to submit its report to the CIAA by the end of Kartik (mid-November).

The constitutional anti-corruption body formed the committee based on a preliminary report prepared by its officials. The officials had conducted a study on the overall situation of lakes in Pokhara.
“The CIAA will make sure that all recommendations of the committee will be implemented,” the statement quoted CIAA Chief Commissioner Lokman Singh Karki as saying.

APEC agrees to achieve sustainability in tourism

Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agreed on October 5 to make joint efforts toward a sustainable future with support and participation from both the public and private tourism sectors.

Sustainable DevelopmentMembers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agreed on October 5 to make joint efforts toward a sustainable future with support and participation from both the public and private tourism sectors.
The agreement was reached during the first day of the two-day international conference on sustainable development 2013 with a special focus on tourism in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.   (more…)

Series of programs lined up to celebrate World Tourism Day

Nepal is celebrating the 34th World Tourism Day by organizing series of programs all over the country.

440867326_640Nepal is celebrating the 34th World Tourism Day by organizing series of programs all over the country.Countries around the world celebrate World Tourism Day every year on September 27 on the call of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The theme for this year´s celebration is ´Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future.´
Organizing a press meet in the capital on September23, officials of tourism ministry and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said the main objective of celebrating World Tourism Day this year is to explore ways to enhance tourism through available water resources in the country.
Speaking at a press meet in Kathmandu, Subash Nirola, acting CEO of NTB, said tourism and water resources are two key sectors for national economy. The celebration this year will focus on raising awareness among people on usability of water resources, he said. Nirola said existing water resources, including public taps, wells, rivers and water spouts, in the capital will be cleaned on the day.
According to the programs unveiled on the day, NTB together with different travel trade associations are also felicitating tourists entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport and other entry points on September 27. Similarly, member hotels of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) will provide 25 percent discount on food to all tourists.
Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) will organize rafting on Trishuli River on September 25 as part of its efforts to promote water tourism. Similarly, the association will organize clean-up program and rafting on Trishuli and Bhotekoshi rivers on September 27. NARA will offer free rafting package to the first two rafters and 25 percent discount to all the rafters.
Awareness rallies, clean up campaigns and bicycle rallies will also be organized on September. Similarly, a street festival will be organized in Thamel. Kathmandu Metropolitan City will allow free entry to foreign tourists visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square on the day.
Similarly, Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) is organizing Inter Media Wall Climbing Competition in the premises of International Mountaineers Memorial Park in Kakani. About 50 people affiliated to different media houses are expected to participate in the event.
NTB has tied up with more than 27 travel trade organizations to celebrate the World Tourism Day.
Speaking at the press meet, Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said tourism promotional programs should not focus on specific days alone. He also said promotional campaigns should be organized on regular basis to attract tourists from all over the world.