Forestry and Soil Conservation Minister Deepak Bohara told AsiaNews that the three main items on the meeting’s agenda are a “resolution on climate change for the Copenhagen summit, the creation of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, an area rich in biodiversity of some 2,035 km2 between Mount Everest and the Langtang Mountain Subrange; and ‘Save the Himalaya Campaign’ slated for 11 December in Copenhagen.”
The cabinet meeting will last about 20 minutes and will be broadcast live on national TV.
Prime Minister Kumar will present the results of the special cabinet session in Copenhagen conference, which he will attend.
Himalayan glaciers are the main source of water for many regions in Asia. A number of experts have warned that global warming is causing the rapid melting of the ice sheet.
This will have very negative consequences for Himalayan ecosystems. Glacial lakes will expand, monsoon rains will intensify and landslides are bound to increase.