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article imageRegional Cooperation Mooted at Tripartisan Media Meet Special

By Stella Paul     Oct 19, 2011 in Environment
Kathmandu - Journalists from India, China and Bangladesh agreed to share information on climate change in Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra river basin
A group of journalists from India, China and Bangladesh have agreed to cooperate and share information in reporting effects of climate change on Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra river basin. The decision followed a three days’ interaction among the group members at a workshop held from 13-16 October, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The event was organized by Third Pole – a global forum that informs, discusses and searches for solutions to climate change in the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. The Third Pole hosted the regional media workshop for journalists from China, India and Bangladesh – the three countries that the river Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra flows through – at the Park Village Resort, Kathmandu.
The event that saw presentations from leading hydrologists, climate change researchers and energy experts from the three countries, took off on 13th of this month with a keynote speech by Claudia Sadoff, the head of World Bank’s South Asia Water Initiative. In her speech, Sadoff highlighted that little data was available on the climate change effects on Brahmaputra river basin, which made it difficult for ecological predications. This was a fact also stressed upon by the issue experts later during the event.
During their interactions, the journalists agreed that there was an urgent need for collaboration to access information and better understand the emerging conflicts and disaster situations across the river basin due to climate change and other development plans including dams and hydel power projects. The group agreed to give more voice to the most vulnerable communities in the region.
A 3-day long media workshop  organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu  Nepal fr...
A 3-day long media workshop, organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu, Nepal from 13-16 October brought together, for the first time, journalists from China, India and Bangladesh to deliberate upon the effects of climate change in Brahmaputra/Yurlung Zangbo river basin
Addressing the journalists, Third Pole head Joydeep Gupta said that the media in the region represented a growing source of influence worldwide. He expressed hope that close coordination among the journalists could help bring forth more details of ground realities influence decision-makers in their respective countries.
Teresa Rehman, an Indian journalist who had been reporting on the Brahmaputra river basin for several years, said that there was fear and panic among the communities who lived in the low lying areas of the basin, especially over a plan by China to divert the course of the river. According to Rehman, the tripartisan workshop in Kathmandu had created new possibilities for journalists from both the countries to interact and exchange information which would help them better report the issue.
The 2900 km long river, which origins near Chemayungdung Glacier of Tibet, is known as Yarlung Zangbo in China. Popularly known as Brahmaputra in India, the river is called Jamuna in Bangladesh where it merges into the Bay of Bengal. In 2008, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's apex body on climate change, had described the entire Himalayan region as a ‘white spot’ indicating total unavailability of data.
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