Energy minister urges Norway to help mitigate climate change risks

March 9, Kathmandu. Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Pampa Bhusal has urged Norway to help reduce the risk of climate change.

During a meeting with Norway’s Ambassador Torun Drumdal in the ministry on Wednesday, Minister Bhusal said that Nepal is facing new challenges due to climate change. During the meeting, Minister Bhusal said, “The loss of life and property due to unseasonal rains is increasing in Nepal due to climate change. We want to work with the Norwegian government to reduce such risks.”

He said Manang, Ilam, Sindhupalchok and other areas have been badly damaged by the unseasonal rains and it would be exemplary to do something to reduce the risk by cooperating with Norway.

Stating that Norway is a reliable development partner for Nepal, Minister Bhusal recalled that the Norwegian government has also provided positive assistance in the peace process and constitution writing process.

Talking about Norway’s assistance in the areas of energy development, social development, educational quality improvement and climate change, he said that the Government of Nepal is ready to move forward in the coming days by cooperating on issues of mutual interest and development.

During the meeting, Ambassador Drumdal said that he is keen to expand investment in Nepal’s energy sector and will cooperate in the development of renewable energy and hydropower. Stating that Nepal has long-standing cooperation with Nepal in the field of hydropower, he pointed out that there is an investment of US$ 90 million in the energy sector. Ambassador Drumdal expressed concern over the delay in the construction of the transmission line.

Source: OnlineKhabar

Himal Sanchar