KATHMANDU, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Nepal will soon have a systematic early warning facility to respond to climate- induced and other disasters and prevent crisis, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Nepal said here on Tuesday.
UNDP and Himalayan Consensus Institute (HCI) have entered a partnership to collaborate in the areas of crisis prevention and conflict mitigation.
During an event on Tuesday, UNDP Nepal Country Director Renaud Meyer and HCI Founder Laurence Brahm signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mark the establishment of a joint initiative for crisis and conflict mitigation in the Himalayan region, highly impacted by climate change.
The partnership will focus on developing systematic early warning systems ahead of environmental catastrophe to aid governments and communities in their response.
"Mitigating crisis and conflict requires a multi-disciplinary approach that is both holistic, community-based and sustainable in order to sustain long-term peace in our region," Meyer said at the event.
"This initiative will better prepare for climate-induced and other kind of disasters and respond to crisis more systematically."
The pilot program in Nepal is expected to serve as a model in countries affected by climate change and underdevelopment. Nepal is one of the 20 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change and other kind of hazards.