A recent article in the Himalayan Times, one of Nepal’s leading english language dailies, reports that the government has made much progress in climate and disaster risk management in the past decade.
And while this report does a good job at highlighting some of the legal, institutional and policy frameworks set out in the recently released report by the Ministry of Home Affairs, titled ‘Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal: Achievements, Challenges and Way forward’- it is framed more as a press release, than as an objective analysis of how the government is tackling climate change in Nepal. The article talks about all the achievements of the government in tackling the climate threat- but offers up no information on why it is even important to tackle climate change in the first place.
Climate Trackers recent Country Media Pamphlet on Climate Reporting in Nepal has identified this as one of the main gaps in climate reporting in the country: the lack of framing of events, even ones as directly linked to climate change such as this, to the actual impacts of climate change in the country. Articles frequently focus on the publicising of climate related events, such as donor funded research paper launches, and events held in Nepal relating to climate change.
But this is not to say that reporting on climate change doesnt happen at all. The Nepali Times, another english language daily, frequently publishes articles such as this editorial on Climate change in Nepal. While articles like this are encouraging, they highlight that the lack of information available on the specific impacts of climate change in Nepal is a barrier to reporting on the issue, as found in our analysis of the media landscape.
To read more about the Country Media Landscape of Nepal, have a look at our Nepal Country Media Pamphlet on Climate Reporting here.