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 user 2007-03-29 at 10:58:00 am Views: 85
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    China, Norway and UN ink deal on climate change
    - China, Norway and the UN Development Program signed an agreement on
    Monday to develop programs to combat the effects of climate change in
    China’s rural areas, including the melting of glaciers in Tibet.The
    programs will help provincial governments assess potential risks caused
    by climate change and develop ways to respond, the UNDP said in a
    statement.The signing ceremony was witnessed by Chinese Premier Wen
    Jiabao and visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.”The
    presence of the two top leaders shows the strong commitments of both
    governments to responding to the global challenge of climate change,”
    Khalid Malik, the UNDP representative in China, was quoted as saying in
    the statement.

    The statement said program will look at ways to
    help local governments mitigate the effects of glacial melting in the
    Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.Glaciers are the world’s second largest store of
    fresh water and feed seven of the great rivers of Asia, but are
    receding at a faster rate than any other glaciers in the world.”The
    project will help in particular the poorest and most vulnerable regions
    and communities in China to adapt to the adverse effects of climate
    change through developing and implementing provincial strategies and
    associated actions and measures,” Malik said.

    The US$2 million
    (euro1.5 million) project will be funded by Norway and is expected to
    be launched by the middle of the year by the National Coordination
    Committee on Climate Change of the National Development and Reform
    Commission, the country’s top economic planning agency, and the
    UNDP.The statement also said the project will look at ways to cut
    greenhouse gas emissions in the largest coal-producing provinces of
    Shanxi and Inner Mongolia by improving efficiency in regional
    industries.In Ningxia and Gansu provinces, the project will work with
    governments to develop crop adaptation techniques and increase water