The world community confronted with the challenge of climate change is trying to shift towards the Low Carbon or Green Economy and South and Central Asian countries especially the mountainous regions have good prospects for rapid transformation due to its largely agrarian and natural resources-based economy. The vital ecosystem services of the mountain regions are having serious impacts of Climate Change and there is a huge gap in scientific understanding. The region suffers not only from lack of data, information, and knowledge but also sound policies. Researchers, especially the younger generation lack capacity, knowledge and networking skills to contribute. As well, poverty remains a key driver that is posing serious challenge to the successful utilization of the opportunities provided by green economy. Young scientists, practitioners and teachers have power to change societal behaviours. But they need right kind of education, motivation, exposure and skills.
In this context the session on ‘Youth Perspectives on Promoting Green Economy in South And Central Asia: Options and Opportunities’ at the Planet Under Pressure Conference, focusing on HKH-Pamir mountain regions will provide a learning platform to share and discuss latest information and perspectives from the ground among youth researchers from these regions and develop recommendations for policy makers and scientists. Starting with, an overview presentation of the regional contexts, information will be shared on potentials, constraints and opportunities of Green Economy based on the results of the a) International Conference organized by ICIMOD; b) Regional Rio+20 assessment reports, and c) the ICIMOD-Small Earth Nepal organized Virtual Consultation on Youth Perspective in Rio+20 in HKH and Central Asian mountains. This will be followed by country presentations from Nepal, India and Uzbekistan and interaction session. At the end of the session key messages will be relayed and recommendations will be formulated for wider sharing.
· Youth Perspectives on Promoting Green Economy in Asia Pacific Mountains: Options and Opportunities - Tek Jung Mahat
· Preparing for Implementation of Green Economy as a Driver by Youth at National Level: A Case from Nepal - Jeeban Panthi
· GO GREEN: Lessons for Sustainable Development in South Asia - Abhijit Shukla
· Cooperation of cotton-growing farmers in Uzbekistan towards improved resilience against growing water scarcity in Central Asia - Nodir Djanibekov
· Floor discussion 5-10 interventions
· Way forward and wrap up - Tek Jung Mahat