Nine of Nepal’s development partners have issued a statement on the occasion of World Environment Day 5 June that underlines their commitment to help Nepal respond to Covid-19 and the climate crisis.
The statement also makes a reference to the mammoth Nijgad airport project, saying that while Nepal needs infrastructure, decisions on large projects like Nijgad need to be ‘based on sound economic, financial, climate, environmental and social impact analyses in line with Nepal’s climate and other commitments’.
On World Environment Day, we restate our commitment to helping Nepal respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and a sustainable and inclusive recovery.
This commitment is demonstrated in our joint support for Nepal’s Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) ambitions for which development partners have committed up to US$7.4 billion. With committed leadership from the Government we look forward to embarking on a green, resilient and inclusive growth path together as the Covid-19 crisis abates.
Nepal has recently delivered a new budget that features GRID principles in action. It is our sincere hope that Nepal’s commitment to GRID can be an example to the rest of the world at the Global Climate Conference, COP 26, to be held later this year.
Forests are essential to achieving green, resilient and inclusive development, as they reduce both the causes and impacts of climate change. Nepal’s forests absorb dangerous climate gases, maintain water resources and decrease soil erosion, drought, and landslide risks. They are also the source of valuable natural resources and wildlife that support job creation and economic development in the forestry and tourism sectors.