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Nepal being a mountainous country is under serious threat of climate change impacts.Melting of glacier and formation of glacial lakes and potential threats of glacial lake outbursts flood are the most talked about issues when the climate change and global warming is brought under discussion. Though we contribute negligible green house gases emissions in the atmosphere, we are among the most vulnerable communities to the threats of climate-induced disasters. Due to lack of technical capacity and financial resources to combat climate change related catastrophes, millions of poor communities are at risk. Likewise, we are also among those countries with high potential on renewable energies and community led forest management practices, both leading to mitigate the impacts of climate change, but, unfortunately we have not been able to harness the benefits so far. The dramatic impacts of climate change are visible on agriculture, biodiversity and livelihood among others, but due to lack of adequate scientific data and researches, advocating and raising the issue of climate change and global warming at both national and international arena is still a big challenge.
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I, Pragati Shahi, have been working as Sub-Editor with The Kathmandu Post, a leading English national daily published from Kathmandu, Nepal, for the past four and a half years.
As an environment and development journalist, I have extensively covered and reported different environmental issues at local and international level ranging from participatory and sustainable management of resources to global climate change. I have covered news on climate change from Bangladesh, India and Copenhagen as media person for my paper. As the International Climate Champion 2009/2010 of the British Council, I have successfully implemented awareness project on climate change at local community, where I had an opportunity to work with community-based groups and networks in partnership with different government and non-government organisation. I am also awarded with the WWF in Media Conservation Award-2011. I have worked as Secretary for Nepal Forum of Environment Journalists (NEFEJ), an umbrella organisation of Nepalese environment journalists from May 2009-June 2010. I am a graduate student of Information technology and wanted to pursue my career in development sector including media.
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