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US State Dept. Hosts Tibet Environmental Forum

Mar. 9 (Tibet.net): In Washington DC on Mar. 8, the State Department held a Tibet Environmental Forum participated by representatives of organisations in the US that undertake developmental work in Tibet. The Forum was convened by the office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in the State Department.

The Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Mr Robert Blake, put the spotlight on the impacts of glacier melt in Tibet triggered by climate change on the lives of billions of peoples across Asia.

“The Himalayan glaciers in the Tibetan plateau provide fresh water for over 1.5 billion people across Asia. The glaciers feed nine river basins, including the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra, which support thousands of communities, villages and cities across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh,” Mr Blake said at the forum.

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