Canberra: The head of Environment and Development Desk at Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Mr Tenzin Norbu, met with members of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AAPGT) and briefed two Australian parliamentary committees on Tibet's environmental issues in Canberra on 10 February.

Dharamshala: The week-long Advance Training on Prevention of HIV/AIDS organized by Dharamshala based NGO; CHOICE- HIV/AIDS Initiatives and funded by St Stephen's AIDS Trust (SSAT), London concluded successfully in Delhi recently. The Training was supported and facilitated by Dept of Health, CTA, Dharamshala and coordinated by SAHARA Center for Residential Care & Rehabilitation, Delhi. Over 12 trainees including doctors, nurses & HIV activists etc from 8 different regions took part in the training that commenced from 1st of November 2010 and concluded on 8th November 2010 in Delhi.

Dharamshala: China has finally admitted to the construction of a dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The admission follows years of denial, even after satellite images in 2009 clearly showed the construction of the dam.

Dharamshala: His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje launched the new website dedicated to environmental protection in the Himalayan region initiated by a network of thirty-six Buddhist monasteries across India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Dharamshala: The Brahmaputra River, or the Yarlung Tsangpo as it is known in Tibet, is the latest target of China's hydroelectric plans. The planned dam is set to be the largest in the world, greater than the Three Gorges Dam in China, and will be part of a 540 megawatts (MW) power generation project due for completion by December 2015. According to several media reports there are 28 other dams either planned or currently construction along the Yarlung Tsangpo, though China are yet to confirm these.

Geneva - A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting faster than any other place in the world and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, U.N. climate experts said on 20 January — an admission that could energize climate change critics.

Dharamshala: Over 4,600 events were held in more than 177 countries today marking the International Day of Climate Action sponsored by the US-based NGO, one of which took place at the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala. The event coincided with TCV's 49th anniversary, and was co-sponsored by the Environmental and Development Desk (EED) of the Department of International Relations and the Clean Upper Dharamsala Project (CUDP) of the Tibetan Settlement Office and Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement. It consisted of a panel discussion, photo exhibition, film screening, and signature campaign.

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