Seminar on Energy and Climate Change in Cold Regions of Asia (Energy and Climate C)

Venue: Leh, Dragon Hotel

Location: LEH, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), India

Event Date/Time: Apr 21, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2009
Registration Date: Feb 16, 2009
Early Registration Date: Feb 02, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 16, 2009
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Populations of high altitude mountains and cold desert areas of Asia face very harsh living conditions and are among the most vulnerable in the world. Physically isolated, marginalised, with a limited access to natural resources, an important number of people still rely on traditional energy resources -mainly biomass- which sometimes leads to the deterioration of this fragile environment.
But beside preservation of the environment, access to sustainable energy-providing services is a critical factor in achieving major development goals: it provides better education and health services, improves women life conditions, helps the development of economic activities, increases agriculture productivity, etc.
Mountain areas are also particularly affected by climate change as relatively small changes in temperatures have severe impacts on water supply, agriculture-based livelihoods and infrastructures. Thus, addressing issues concerning adaptation strategy choices has become a primary objective for mountain populations.
For these reasons, energy as well as climate change issues have to play a particular role within development strategies and this requires active synergies between the public, local community, private and non-governmental actors. But as mountain ranges frequently act as natural borders, and are therefore often shared between countries, if successful experiences do exist, exchange of information and networking between countries is very poor. Transnational exchange of knowledge is then particularly relevant for up-scaling best practices.

To share successful experiences, best
practices and policies concerning
social, economical and environmental
impacts of energy-related projects and
adaptation to climate change in cold
areas of Asia.

• To gather best case-studies and
lessons learned.
• To discuss impacts on economic,
social and environmental dimensions
of local livelihoods.
• To identify dissemination processes
for best methodologies and the conditions
needed for scaling-up mechanisms.
• To develop experience-sharing
among key players (donors/investors,
private sector, NGOs, local communities;
governments and multi/bilateral
organizations) and initiate a community
of practice.


Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India
LEH, Ladakh

Additional Information

Themes: I. IMPACTS OF ENERGY PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT 1. Decentralised Rural Electrification 2. Energy and Agriculture 3. Energy and Productive Activities 4. Energy in Public Building 5. Energy and Household II. ADAPTATION STRATEGIES OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CLIMATE CHANGE 1. Climate Change and Natural Resources 2. Climate Change and Livelihood 3. Resilience to Extreme Weather Events III. FINANCING ISSUES 1. Role and experiences of financing institutions in the implementation of energy-related development projects 2. Role of carbon market in catalyzing revenues for clean energy investments 3. Role of civil society in capitalizing the carbon market