A project under the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE) of the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), and is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. IHCAP is supporting the implementation of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) as a knowledge and technical partner.



Related Links:


About us


Climate change poses a serious threat to social and economic development in India and in particular to the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) due to its dependency on climate sensitive sectors and natural resources for sustaining livelihoods. In the current policy context, there is challenge and opportunity to integrate and link community level experience and actions in IHR with the national and state level policy imperatives and vice versa. The articulation of practice-science-policy connect as a two-way process, is critical for addressing the future vulnerabilities and uncertainties posed by climate change.


Relevance of intervention

The programme responds to the felt needs of the climate vulnerable people in the mountain regions, increasing stress on natural resources, and national/state government action on climate change. The programme aligns with the National Action Plan on Climate Change and specifically, the National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem. Climate adaptation in mountains especially in Himalayas is gaining importance at national, regional and international policy level.


Overall goal

The resilience of vulnerable communities in the Himalayas is strengthened and knowledge and capacities of research institutions, communities, and decision-makers are connected and enhanced.







Outcomes (objectives) of the phase

  • Communities implement sustainable adaptation measures based on a functional cooperation among relevant stakeholders and on available solutions
  • Stakeholders better understand and further develop their understanding related to scientific dimension of climate change dynamics and scenarios on snow, glaciers and water flows
  • Himalayan States review and integrate climate change aspects in their development policies, planning and action


IHCAP : Governance Structure