President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon proposed to declare 2025 the International Year of Glacier Protection, it is reported by MSM.
Mr. Rahmon attended and addressed the first meeting of the High-level Panel on Water and Climate, which was held via videoconference.
The President of Tajikistan explained the main cause of climate change by the rapid melting of glaciers as a result of global warming. “Unfortunately, today we are observing rapid ice melting in the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland. Significant changes are also taking place in land-based glaciers,” noted the President.
Mr. Rahmon highlighted that a similar situation is developing with the glaciers of the Pamirs.
The melting of the largest Fedchenko Glacier in Tajikistan, which is more than 75 kilometers long, is a vivid example of this, the Tajik leader explained.
“Studies show that only during the last 70-80 years, the Fedchenko Glacier has shrunk by more than a kilometer, its area has decreased to 44 square kilometers. The volume of the glacier has decreased by 15 cubic kilometers, and the average rate of melting of the top of the glacier is 16 meters per year,” said Emomali Rahmon.
The head of Tajikistan noted that the rapid melting of glaciers, along with the increase in water consumption, which is associated with population growth and economic development, can have negative consequences.
He emphasized that the melting of the Arctic and Antarctic glaciers has led to an increase in the level of the world’s oceans, which, in turn, can threaten the lives and well-being of hundreds of millions of people, especially on small islands and coastal territories.
The President of Tajikistan proposed to declare 2025 the International Year of Glacier Protection and set the date of World Glacier Day.