New Delhi, Oct 5 : Indias Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has stressed the need for regional cooperation for the protection of Himalayan glaciers, an official release said Tuesday.

Addressing a symposium on Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan Region at Kathmandu Monday, the minister reiterated the challenges facing the region and the need for solid scientific information as the basis for decision making and improving governance.

The symposium was organised by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to discuss issues of climate change and trans-boundary cooperation.

"The behaviour of Himalayan glaciers is fundamentally different to that of the glaciers in the polar regions, and they need special investigation and analysis. Biodiversity does not stop at geographical boundaries, and countries must work together for protection and management and to support adaptation," he said.

"The future lies in regional cooperation based on strong national institutions," he added.

While highlighting the important role that ICIMOD plays as an anchor for regional cooperation and collaboration, the minister stressed on the importance of the collaboration between India, Nepal and China on the Kailash sacred landscape.

The India government is contributing US$ 200,000 till 2011 to ICIMOD. Ramesh also handed over a cheque of Rs.71 lakh (USD 160,000) to the centre.

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