KATHMANDU, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 400 experts from 25 different countries have stressed on the need of collective efforts to build mountain resilience in Asia.
They attended the four-day international conference, entitled Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia, that kicked off in Kathmandu on Sunday.
The conference jointly organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Nepal's Ministry of Population and Environment was inaugurated by Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Inaugurating the conference, President Bhandari said the Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the lifeline of tens of millions and the impact of climate change and other human activities affect the entire Asian subcontinent.
"I hope this conference will make extensive deliberations regarding ongoing challenges of alleviating and mitigating adverse impacts of climate change for sustainable development in Asia," the Nepali president said in her address.
She said the task of nature conservation cannot be limited within national boundaries thus concrete collaboration among countries is vital.
Mentioning that Nepal has unilaterally ratified and is committed to combat negative impact of climate change as per the United Nations Paris Accord, President Bhandari said that such conferences can help form common strategies and approaches towards tackling adverse effects of climate change.