IHCAP


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.

 

 


 

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Recent Events


Third Media Workshop on Climate Change Reporting in the Indian Himalayas

25-27 March 2017; Gangtok, Sikkim

To encourage accurate reporting of climate change impacts and adaptation measures in North-East India, a three-day media workshop was held in Gangtok, Sikkim from 25 to 27 March. It was inaugurated by Ms. Janine Kuriger, Head Swiss Cooperation Office and Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland in India, in the presence of Mr. D.C. Sharma, Senior Science and Environment Journalist; Ms. Annu Anand, Head Advocacy, Centre for Media Studies (CMS); and Dr. Surajit Baruah, State Project Manager, Sikkim, Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation (3SCA). The valedictory address was delivered by Mr. Prem Das Rai, Member of Parliament from Sikkim. The workshop is part of the media sensitization initiative launched by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS).

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4th Annual National Workshop of Indian Himalayan States - NWHRS-2017

30-31 January, New Delhi

A two-day annual workshop of the Indian Himalayan States under the Government of India’s National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) was held from 30-31 Jan in New Delhi. The aim was to reflect on the progress and future plans of the States’ Climate Change Cells and thematic Task Forces. The workshop also deliberated on climate change impacts on sustainability of mountain springs in the Himalayan States. The workshop was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.


While inaugurating the workshop, the Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, Dr. Andreas Baum, commended the SDC-DST collaboration for advancing the agenda of climate-resilient development in the Himalayan States. The Secretary DST, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, appreciated the quality of activities under IHCAP and added that the emphasis should be on adopting the knowledge generated from global best practices to the local level by connecting with various stakeholders.

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Second Media Workshop on Climate Change Reporting in the Indian Himalayas

3-5 December, Imphal

The second media workshop in a series of 12 workshops on climate change reporting in the Indian Himalayas was held from 3 – 5 December in Imphal, Manipur. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Najma Heptulla, governor of Manipur, in the presence of Shri Irengbam Hemochandra, state Environment Minister, Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director, SDC and Ms. P N Vasanti, Director-General, CMS. Two training manuals - one for journalists and the other for trainers - published as an outcome of IHCAP’s Phase 1 (2012-2015) media engagement programme, were also released. Over 30 journalists from across the state participated at the workshop. The three-day workshop is part of the media sensitization initiative jointly launched by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Centre for Media Studies (CMS).  The aim of the programme is to promote accurate reporting of climate change science and adaptation measures in the Indian Himalayan Region.

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Inaugural Media Workshop on Climate Change Reporting in the Indian Himalayas

03-05 November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand

The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), in partnership with the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), inaugurated its media engagement programme comprising 12 media workshops and 9 fellowships on climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayas on 3 November 2016 at Almora, Uttarakhand. The aim of the programme is to promote accurate reporting of climate change science and adaptation measures in the Indian Himalayan Region. Over 40 journalists from across the state participated at the inaugural three-day workshop. Senior thematic experts and policymakers interacted with journalists and highlighted the issue of climate change impacts in the state through presentations. Two training manuals - one for journalists and the other for trainers - published as an outcome of IHCAP’s Phase 1 (2012-2015) media engagement programme, were also released at the workshop.

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Presenting an overview of Uttarakhand’s Climate Change Action Plan, Dr. RN Jha, Chief Conservator of Forests and Head, State Climate Change Centre, Uttarakhand said that they have completed the tedious task of preparing the State Action Plan for Climate Change and have prepared a list of all the vulnerable blocks for climatic reasons in the districts.

Highlighting the impacts of climate change in the state, Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director-General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology said, “We are witnessing several impacts of climate change in the state. Average temperature of Almora which is 17.55°C has increased up to 0.46°C during the last 53 years. Annual rainfall is decreasing and changing its rhythm in the state due to climate change which is adversely affecting the interests of farmers. Out of 1,469 glaciers in the state, 14 have been studied and found retreating. Some studies have proved that the glacier water is collecting under the surface which will be gold mine of water in future. The diseases due to various kind of virus and insects are spreading. Due to lesser rainfall in winter, many crops went extinct, now the alternative crop seeds have to be procured from other states."

In his presentation about IHCAP, Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan, Team Leader, IHCAP said, “Climate change, apart from being an environmental threat, is also a social and development challenge. Mountains are among the region’s most vulnerable to climate change due to likely impacts on cryosphere and the biodiversity they harbour. The Himalayas have continued to be one of the under studied systems and very little is known about them scientifically. This knowledge gap needs to be filled through research.”

The workshop also included a daylong field visit for journalists to three places where community-level adaptation was demonstrated. These included- the organic farm at Kosi Katarmal and experimental farms at Hawalbagh of ICAR-Vivekananda Hill Agriculture Research Institute. At these farms, the participants experienced various technologies for organic farming which are being made available to farmers as well as technologies developed for enhancing productivity under moisture-stress conditions - a concrete move towards climate-resilience agriculture.  The second visit included the Rural Technology Complex of the G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development at Kosi-Katarmal. The RTC houses demonstration plots where low-cost technologies for protected cultivation are demonstrated to visiting farmers. Journalists saw various technologies being transferred to farmers such as polypits, polyhouse, composting, water harvesting, briquette making from pine needles etc. All these technologies are climate-friendly and designed for small land holders in the mountains. The third leg of the visit included Dadimkhola village in Hawalbagh block, where a progressive village head is spreading new technologies like briquette making and polyhouse among farmers with the help of scientists and several government agencies.

The media engagement programme includes 12 media workshops in all the Himalayan states as part of IHCAP Phase 2 (2016-2019) and 9 fellowships, which will be given to journalists from the region to capture community’s voices on climate change. Best stories written by state-level journalists will be awarded at the end of the programme. The media workshops will be held in Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.


 

 

International Workshop on ‘Himalayan Permafrost under the Changing Climate’

12 August 2016, New Delhi

Scientists and institutions working in the field of glaciology and permafrost came together for an International Workshop on ‘Himalayan Permafrost under the Changing Climate’ held on 12 August 2016 in New Delhi. The workshop was organized by National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu and supported by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Science Engineering Research Board (SERB). It aimed to sensitize the stakeholders about the need to study Himalayan permafrost especially in the context of climate change. Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC, highlighted the need of research in the Himalayas for adaptation to climate related risks. In this context, he outlined the range of activities on climate change science and adaptation being carried out under IHCAP. Discussions were also held on the potential areas of research and collaboration to promote research on permafrost in India.

 


 

Teach the Teachers Workshop on Glaciology and related areas

30 June to 6 July 2016, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

 

A ‘Teach the Teachers workshop’ on glaciology and related areas was organized at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland from June 30 to July 6 2016. The aim of the workshop was to support Indian faculties to strengthen curriculum on glaciology and related areas in the existing academic programmes at Indian Universities. The participants of the workshop included faculty members from Delhi University and Kashmir University. The workshop was organized under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The training workshop focused on proposed lecture contents, their pedagogy and field visit among other activities.

 

 


 

 

Consultation Workshop on Adaptation Actions in Kullu.

19 May 2016, Kullu

A one day consultation workshop held in Kullu, brought together government officials, researchers, and members of civil society organizations to discuss issues related to ‪#‎climatechange‬ adaptation in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh). The workshop was jointly organized by Indian ‪#‎Himalayas‬ Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Department of Environment, Science and Technology (DEST), Government of Himachal Pradesh, CTRAN Consulting and G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development , with the aim to disseminate the findings of the integrated vulnerability, risks and hazards assessment, and to initiate a discussions on potential adaptation actions.

 

 

 

 


 

Launch of IHCAP Phase 2 & Consultation Workshop.

10 to 11 March 2016, New Delhi

A group of decision makers, research scientists, academicians, government officials, and representatives from the civil society, multilateral and bilateral agencies came together on 10 March in New Delhi for the launch of Phase 2 IHCAP (2016-19) following the completion of IHCAP Phase 1 (2012-15). The launch programme was organized back to back with the third Consultation Workshop of States of the Himalayan Region, under NMSHE in partnership with DST, on 10 and 11 March 2016 at New Delhi. The workshop was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The aim of the consultation workshop is to foster dialogue amongst the states on climate change adaptation and sustainable development across the Himalayan region.

This was the third such meeting following the first in 2013 and the second in 2015. One of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) objectives is to provide assistance to the states in the Indian Himalayan Region for implementation of sustainable actions through coordinated functions. Dr. Linus von Castelmur, Hon’ble Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan while making the official announcement for IHCAP Phase 2 stated that, “We are now at a stage where the experiences from the first phase can be scaled up across the Indian Himalayan Region and the workshop today and tomorrow will provide further guidance to achieve this.” Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Hon’ble Secretary, DST speaking at the inaugural appreciated the quality of activities under IHCAP and added that, “The emphasis should be on getting the knowledge generated across to various stakeholders in an effective manner.”

 


 

Science Express Climate Action Special and Multimedia Mobile Exhibition in the Indian Himalayan Region

09 to 10 Nov 2015; Amb Andaura, Himachal Pradesh
12 to 13 Nov 2015; Churarau Takarla, Himachal Pradesh
17 to 20 Nov 2015; Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
21 to 23 Nov 2015; Samba, Jammu and Kashmir

Science Express is India’s largest, the longest running and the most visited science exhibition mounted on a train. It has been travelling across India since Oct 2007, raising awareness about different science-related issues. This year, the train was flagged off on 15 Oct and redesigned on the theme of climate change and the ways to combat it.

Capitalizing on this unique opportunity, the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) organized various informative activities for schoolchildren at two key halts of the train- Himachal Pradesh (Churaru Takarla and Amb Andura railway stations) and Jammu and Kashmir (Udhampur and Samba stations). The aim of the activities, conducted in the states before the arrival of the train and at the platforms during its halt, was to publicize the message of the train, encourage people to visit the train exhibition and draw attention, in particular, to the threat of climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Activities included quizzes, drawing competition, poster competition, essay and slogan writing, debates and mini science experiments. Informational material such as the facilitators’ science kit (consisting of glasses, flasks, glass air-tight containers, a globe, a world map, a clinical thermometer, a laboratory thermometer, posters, etc.) were also provided to volunteers to deliver information on climate change.

 


 

Indo-Swiss Joint Research on Integrated Vulnerability, Risk and Hazards Assessment in Kullu District: Results Sharing Workshop

17 November 2015; Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

A workshop to share initial results from a pilot study on integrated assessment of climate vulnerability, hazard and risks in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Shimla on 17 November 2015. The study was undertaken by a consortium of Indian and Swiss researchers in early 2014 in coordination with the Department of Environment, Science and Technology, Government of Himachal Pradesh and researchers from HP State Council on Science and Technology. Over 50 representatives from various academic and research institutions and universities, experts and officials from the Government of Himachal Pradesh participated in the workshop.

Based on the discussions, it was agreed that appropriate adaptation actions need to be identified for planning and implementation in Kullu district. The study incorporates a set of science-based potential adaptation measures for the Indian Himalayan Region and the key overarching policy perspectives for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

 


 

Media Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Brahmaputra Basin

2-5 November 2015; Majuli, Assam

A three-day workshop to sensitize journalists on adaptation to climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region was organized by the Centre for Environment Education Himalaya and Thethirdpole.net as part of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Jorhat and Majuli, Assam from 2 to 5 November 2015. This was the last workshop in a series of four media workshops conducted under IHCAP to raise awareness of media persons about issues of climate change adaptation in the region. The other three workshops were held in Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Namchi, (Sikkim) and Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir).

The aim of this workshop was to highlight climate change impacts and adaptation measures in the eastern Himalayas, with a special focus on the Brahmaputra basin.

Fourteen enthusiastic participants from different parts of Assam and the north-east region came together for interesting presentations from senior thematic experts, policymakers and academia. While the focus of the deliberations remained climate change, other facets such as its impacts on precipitation, agriculture especially on tea and rice, horticulture and extreme climate events such as floods and entailing erosion were also discussed at length.

The workshop also included a field trip to Majuli to facilitate ground-level reportage of adaptation to climate change. The field trip included visits to Salmora, the most flood and soil erosion affected area of Majuli and interactions with the community facing it.

 


 

International Workshop on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in Himalaya: Science and Policy Interface

2-3 November 2015, Nainital

A group of research scientists, academicians, government officials, representatives from the civil society and international organizations working in diverse areas of climate change came together for an international workshop on ‘Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Himalaya: Science and Policy Interface’ and shared the most recent knowledge on climate change impact assessment and adaptation. The workshop was organized by Department of Geography, Kumaun University with support from the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in Nainital from 2-3 November 2015.

The aim of the workshop was to provide a platform for the synthesis of cutting-edge knowledge on climate change impacts assessment and adaptation that could help policy planning agencies to evolve effective climate change adaptation plans for the Himalayan states of India. During the expert deliberations, issues of climate database and modelling, mainstreaming climate change adaptation and adaptation in mountain farming and urban sectors were discussed at length. The research studies related to impact of climate change on glacial lakes, GLOF risks and climate change information needs for Himalayan region also formed part of the discussion.

 


 

 

The Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum

5 October 2015, Guwahati

A group of decision makers, research scientists, academicians, government officials, representatives from the civil society came together on 5 October in Guwahati to share knowledge and exchange ideas related to disaster risk reduction, tourism and environmental governance and to prioritize actions for climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region. The workshop was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED).

 

 


 

Himalayan Young researchers’ Meet-II

15 to 17 September, 2015, Kosi-Katarmal, Almor

The second meeting of the young researchers from the Indian Himalayan Region was organized by G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) with the support of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 15 to 17 September 2015 in Almora, Uttarakhand. The aim of the meeting was to promote quality research among budding researchers; provide orientation on diverse attributes of high-impact research; and to explore mentoring needs on inter and multi-disciplinary concepts.

The meeting was part of the Himalayan Young Researchers’ Forum, an initiative aimed at facilitating dialogue amongst budding researchers on different research topics and methodologies, providing platform for sharing and exchanging ideas and enabling them to obtain guidance from experts.

The meeting was attended by 63 researchers from nine Himalayan states, 36 out of which were women.

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Dr. S.P. Singh, former Vice Chancellor, HNB Garhwal University provided guidance to the participants on how to enhance the quality of their research publications, while Mr. A. Maheshwari from Earth Watch Organization, in his interaction with the participants, highlighted the role of citizen science for the benefit of the society.

Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director (GBPIHED) in his remarks reiterated the importance of cultivating the habits of formulating relevant research problems and the ability to effectively communicate research.

One of the most significant outcomes of the open discussion sessions held during the meeting was the formal structuring of the Himalayan Young Researchers Forum (HimYRF) and identification of its office bearers. It was decided that the researchers will own the Forum activities under the overall guidance of GBPIHED. The meeting also served as a platform for establishing an agreement on Himalayan Researchers Knowledge Network (HRKN) under HimYRF and identifying activities to foster quality research on priority issues of Environment and Development related to the Himalayas. The capacity building of the participants through mentoring sessions and strengthening the researcher-resource person-mentor linkages in the Indian Himalayan Region would form the core of the network.


 

 

First Meet of Himalayan Peoples’ Representatives

10 September 2015, Almora

A group of Members of Parliament of India from the Himalayan region under the chairmanship of Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, came together on 10 September in Almora, Uttarakhand to share and discuss issues related to climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region.

The meet was organized by the ‪G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) in partnership with the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the ‪‎Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The aim of the platform is to sensitize policy makers for inclusion of mountain perspective in national policies, programmes and schemes and need for integrating climate change issues in the sustainable development planning for the Himalayas.

 

 

 

 


 

Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum (HSDF): First Regional Consultation

4 August 2015, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

A group of decision makers, research scientists, academicians, government officials, representatives from the civil society organizations from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand came together for the first regional consultation of the multi-stakeholder Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum (HSDF) on 4 August 2015. The consultation aimed to foster cooperation on sustainable development across Himalayan region; promote science-policy-practice connect; and identify priority sectors and needs for adaptation action in the Himalayan region. The workshop was organized by G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development with the support of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

HSDF was established on the recommendation of ‘Shimla Declaration on Sustainable Himalayan Development' (30 October 2009) to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders on strategies for climate change adaptation in the identified vulnerable sectors of the western and central Himalaya. HSDF is also a key deliverable under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) that focuses on developing advisories for the state governments in the region. In this first consultation, issues of disaster risk reduction, tourism and environmental governance were discussed at length.

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Shri Harish Rawat, honourable Chief Minister, Uttarakhand inaugurated the event. Emphasizing on the necessity to minimize the side effects of modern societal needs, he said, “The developmental route we have been taking for the last 20-30 years have caused immense damage. Now as the climatic changes are being felt increasingly, it is important to understand and adjust ourselves with the changes.” He also appreciated the support of SDC for taking up causes that concern the mountain systems and invited SDC to enhance its collaboration in the state.

Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC) in her address emphasized on the critical need to form institutional mechanisms to work out strategies to tackle the challenges of climate change. She said, “The Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum can prove catalytic in strengthening the capabilities of people and institutions working in the area of climate change’.

Padma Shri Prof. A.N. Purohit, former Vice-chancellor, HNB Garhwal University stressed on the need for sustainability of the institutions to cater to the needs of the Himalayas.

Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GBPIHED further elaborated on the aims and objectives of HSDF and said that it would provide a platform for intense consultation to move in a direction of formulating policies specifically related to mountain states.

 

 

Scientific Exchange Workshop on Vulnerability, Risks and Hazards and Adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region

2-3 July 2015, New Delhi

A group of research scientists, academicians, government officials, representatives from the civil society and bilateral and multilateral agencies came together on 2-3 July to share knowledge and exchange ideas related to assessment of vulnerability, hazards and risks and to prioritize actions for climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region. The workshop was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The aim was to find synergies between science, policy and practice for climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayas.

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Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, Director, Climate Change Programme, Department of Science and Technology (DST) stressed that a common framework for assessing vulnerability, risks and hazards is a clear requirement as part of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE). In this context, she appreciated the Indo-Swiss joint research activities being undertaken in Kullu district. She also appreciated that while fulfilling the research commitments, the ongoing joint research is also leading to capacity building of Indian researchers for monitoring the Himalayas. She stated that the development of an integrated framework was a key deliverable for the Thematic Task Forces under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE).

Emphasizing the need for such a workshop, Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation said, “The workshop gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas and share knowledge related to vulnerability, hazards and risk assessment in the Himalayas. At the same time, it provides opportunity to understand data and information needs for adaptation planning in the Indian Himalayan Region and ways to address such needs.”

 

Himalayan Popular Lecture Series

22 April 2015, New Delhi

On the occasion of Earth Day (22 April), Padma Bhushan Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt delivered the first Himalayan Popular Lecture organized by GB Pant Institute for Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) and the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) in New Delhi. The Lecture dedicated to the Himalayan Region and the challenges it faces, particularly in the wake of climate change, aimed to enhance the science-policy-practice connect in the region. Highlighting the sensitivity of the Himalayas and the emerging challenges, Shri Bhatt said, “The Himalayas are the source and foundation of not only our culture, but also of our natural resources. They’re also very fragile and sensitive. The human interference in the Himalayas is also much greater today. Globalization, destruction of forests, development projects around rivers, market pressures, encroachment and lack of political will have intensified the process of Himalayan decay. There is another dimension of climate change whose impact is difficult to control. Against this background, it is extremely important to exercise extreme caution and put in place right policy making process.”

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Citing the devastating floods in Uttarakhand in 2013 and in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014, Shri Bhatt also brought to fore the need for an early warning system to prevent loss of life and property. “Today, we need the early warning system at the local, Himalayan, Asian and the global level so that at least human lives can be saved from natural calamities. Along with this, work to reduce the destructive power of rains needs to be taken up at a larger scale. We need extensive knowledge about glaciers, lakes, forests and their sensitivity levels. Mitigation and reduction of calamities should be undertaken. A joint ecological mechanism of India, China, Nepal and Bhutan needs to be created. This joint platform is most important to prevent floods and damage reduction. This will lead to the development of joint policy and security mechanisms,” he added.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was represented by Shri Hem Pandey, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC, who commended the pioneering efforts of Shri Bhatt in conserving the environment. Underlining the need for platforms such as the Himalayan Popular Lecture for increasing ecological awareness, Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, in her address said, “Together with GB Pant Institute, IHCAP has started a new partnership with focus on promoting dialogues and enhancing interaction with legislators, scientists and civil society on issues related to climate change; building capacities of young researchers and building awareness among public. One such initiative is the Himalayan Popular Lecture Series. I believe the Lectures would provide an opportunity to scholars, practitioners, grassroots-level workers, scientists, planners and community leaders in the Indian Himalayan Region to share their thoughts and experiences with decision makers and to debate the challenges and discuss some pertinent and robust solutions to address sustainable development of the region.” Ms. Kuriger expressed her gratitude to Shri Bhatt for inaugurating the Lecture Series and for “the unparalleled efforts he had put in over the years to marshal countless men and women to stand up for their rights.”

Born in 1934, Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt is a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize 2013, the Padma Bhushan 2005 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award 1982. One of India’s first modern environmentalists, today he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology.

 

Media workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayas

6-8 April 2015, Srinagar, J&K

A three-day media workshop on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayas’ was organized by the Centre for Environment Education Himalaya and Thethirdpole.net as part of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Srinagar from 6-8 April 2015.
The workshop, the third in a series of four capacity building workshops, aimed at sensitizing journalists on various issues related to climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region, especially in the backdrop of devastating September 2014 floods in Kashmir. The workshop provided participants an opportunity to learn, share and interact with experts on diverse issues related to climate change.
About 20 local and national journalists covering environmental issues attended the workshop. Apart from presentations by resource persons, field visit and discussions were carried out during the workshop.

 



Training Programme on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Himachal Pradesh (Level 2) 

18-21 February 2015, Barog (Solan district), Himachal Pradesh

Under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme, a training programme designed for district level and mid-level officials of the government of Himachal Pradesh on climate change adaptation planning and implementation in the state was organized from 18 to 21 February in Barog (Solan district), Himachal Pradesh. The aim of the training programme is to create capacities within various departments of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and other institutions for climate adaptation planning and implementation.
About 30 officials from the departments of forest; public works; agriculture; horticulture; animal husbandry; rural development; Panchayati Raj; environment, science and technology; Civil Society Organizations and research institutions participated in the programme. The programme, comprising lectures and a field visit, focused on interpretation of climate trends and projections; impacts and vulnerabilities assessment; identification of adaptation measures; capacity development needs assessment; and monitoring & evaluation.

 


 

Workshop on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in the Indian Himalayan Region

28-30 January 2015, Gual Pahari, Gurgaon

An intensive three-day workshop on ‘Adaptation Planning and Implementation in the Indian Himalayan Region’ was organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) from 28-30 January 2015. The workshop aimed at understanding the challenges and opportunities for adaptation planning and implementation in the Indian Himalayan Region; and enhancing the capacities of the state governments in the Himalayas for adaptation planning and implementation. It also enabled representatives from the Himalayan states and from research and academic institutions to share knowledge and exchange best practices in adaptation planning and implementation. The workshop consisted of presentations on six important themes on adaptation planning and implementation, and hands-on group exercises for integrating adaptation into development policies and programmes in the context of various Himalayan states.

While inaugurating the workshop, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head, SPLICE, Department of Science and Technology said, “The National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) cannot be implemented without the contribution of the Himalayan states. The workshop would give us an opportunity to lay down the deliverables and activities that the Himalayan states need to undertake as part of NMSHE.” Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation presented an overview of SDC’s collaboration with DST, and the training programme undertaken as part of IHCAP in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. She stressed the need to replicate IHCAP’s capacity building programme in Himachal Pradesh to other Himalayan states.

 



Training Programme on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Himachal Pradesh (Level 3)

24-29 November 2014, Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh

Under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme, a training programme was organized from 24 to 29 November in Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh. The aim of Level 3 of the programme is to create a pool of trainers on climate adaptation planning and implementation within various departments of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and other institutions. The Trainers will act as resource persons in future training programmes in the state.

About 30 officials from the departments of forest; agriculture; energy; environment, science and technology; education; fisheries; Civil Society Organizations and research institutions participated in the programme. The programme, comprising lectures and a field visit, focused on interpretation of climate trends and projections; impacts and vulnerabilities assessment; identification of adaptation measures; capacity development needs assessment; monitoring and evaluation; and sectoral adaptation planning and implementation.

 


 

Awareness and Capacity Building Workshop for the Media

17-20 November 2014; Namchi, Sikkim

A workshop to sensitize journalists on climate change issues in the eastern Himalayan Region of India was organized in Namchi, Sikkim from 17 to 20 November 2014. The workshop provided participants an opportunity to learn more about the existing policies of the state governments on climate change mitigation and adaptation; and interact with experts on climate change and government officials. This workshop was second in a series of four capacity building workshops for the media, organized jointly by the Centre for Environment Education Himalaya and thethirdpole.net as part of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Around 25 senior and junior journalists covering environmental issues in the north-eastern region of India gathered to exchange learnings, experiences and questions on climate change and related issues witnessed in the eastern Himalayan Region. Dr. Sandeep Tambe, Commissioner, Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim inaugurated the workshop and presented Sikkim’s experiences in bridging science, policy and practice gaps and climate change adaptation such as ban on commercial use of medicinal plants, making forests cattle free, building of water storage tanks in the most vulnerable villages, construction of pukka houses, etc. Group exercises held on the first day of the workshop enabled participants to discuss obstacles faced in reporting climate change issues in the eastern Himalayan Region.

A field visit to Namthang, a small town in south Sikkim was also organized on the second day of the workshop. The field visit gave participants an opportunity to learn about Dhara Vikas, an initiative by the Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim under MGNREGA to revive and maintain dying springs of Sikkim. During the field visit, participants also interacted with the villagers and interviewed Ravindra Prasad, Block Development Officer, Namthang block and Tilak, Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

 

 

Expert Consultation on Urbanization Challenges in the Indian Himalayan Region

04 November 2014; Bangalore, Karnataka

A one-day ‘Expert Consultation on Urbanization Challenges in the Indian Himalayan Region’ with specific reference to climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation was organized on 4 November 2014 in Bangalore.

The Expert Consultation was organized by Center for Urban Green Spaces and the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as part of the International Congress on Urban Green Futures (urbanfutures 2014).

The consultation was attended by officials from various state governments (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim), academics, researchers and administrators. In his opening remarks, Shri Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, stressed the need for integrating climate change and disaster concerns into development planning of Himalayan urban areas. The lead address was delivered by Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI highlighting the vulnerability of urban centers in the Indian Himalayas. Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC introduced various key projects of SDC in India. A draft discussion paper was presented by Dr. S.P. Singh, Member, State Planning Board, Uttarakhand following which a panel discussion took place on regulatory, infrastructural and capacity gaps with respect to urbanization in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in the Indian Himalayan Region.

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Training Programme on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Himachal Pradesh

17 – 20 October 2014; Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

A training programme designed for senior and mid-level officials of the government of Himachal Pradesh on climate change adaptation planning and implementation in the state was organised from 17-20 October 2014 in Shimla. The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director-General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology in the presence of Dr. S.S. Negi, Director, Department of Environment, Science and Technology (DEST) and representatives of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Organised by Himachal Pradesh State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (HP DEST) as part of the SDC’s Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), the training programme included essential but easy to understand modules on interpretation of climate trends and projections; assessment of impacts and vulnerabilities; identification of adaptation and implementation; and assessment of capacity development needs for implementation of adaptation actions including steps towards monitoring and evaluation. It consisted of short presentations on each module, classroom exercises, and a day-long field trip. The training programme aims to facilitate integration of climate change adaptation in existing programmes and towards implementation and if necessary retrofitting strategies and actions within the state action plan on climate change.

The programme is the result of a training needs assessment study that was undertaken in Himachal Pradesh in 2013 to identify gaps in understanding about climate change among officers at various level of the government and follows the Programme organised for Senior Bureaucrats in the state on 25 July 2014. The training needs assessment indicated an immediate need to strengthen the capacities of the line departments towards implementation of adaptation actions. Keeping this in view, a comprehensive training package on ‘Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Implementation’ has been developed jointly by HP DEST, IHCAP and Intercooperation Social Development India (ICSD).

Event Brouchre is available here.


 

Annual Day Celebration and 20th Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Memorial Lecture

10th September, 2014

The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has entered into a new partnership with Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, a nodal institute under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in support of the institute’s initiatives to contribute to enhanced climate resilience of mountain communities. As part of this initiative, first Young Researchers Forum was also organized from 7-9 September. Seventy-seven young researchers from the 11 Himalayan states participated in this forum.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director, SDC said, “Climate change not only increases the vulnerability of the poor and those dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods, but also increases health risks and constrains economic opportunities. Taken as a whole, the evidence is clear- climate change threatens development progress across the world and more so in the fragile mountain ecosystems.” Reiterating the need to take quick action on climate change, Ms. Kuriger added, “There is definitely no ‘one size fits all’ approach to this problem. But in this context, adaptation strategies are of key significance. It is important that the people are well informed about the change, and convinced that they will be better off economically if they adapt.”

The partnership is intended to sustain dialogue and enhance interaction with legislators, members of civil society and scientific community on issues related to climate change; generate awareness among public; and build capacities of young researchers on impact, vulnerabilities and adaptation.

 


 

Inception cum Review Meeting: Training Programme on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Himachal Pradesh

4th - 5th Sep 2014, Shimla

A two-day Inception cum Review meeting to revise the modules for the Training Programme on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Himachal Pradesh was organized on 4 and 5 September 2014 in Shimla.

The meeting was organized by the Department of Environment, Science and Technology (DEST), Himachal Pradesh and the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with Inter Cooperation Social Development, India.

The participants at the meeting reviewed and provided feedback on the different modules of the programme that were developed following a Training Needs Assessment of the officials of various departments at state and district level.

 


 

Media Capacity Building Workshop on Climate Change and Development in IHR

30th July - 1st Aug 2014, Shimla

The first in the series of four capacity bulding workshops for the media, on Climate Change and Development in the Indian Himalayas, got off to a rousing start in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Around 25 participants including journalists and resource persons gathered from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi to exchange learnings, experience and questions on climate change and related issues witnessed in the Indian Himalayas.

Organised by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and Thethirdpole.net, the workshop is supported by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), a programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Mountains are highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Development of mountain regions is also high on the priority topic of the National and State Government. Yet news reporting has tended to focus on scientific certainty based on the research findings and the politics of climate change. Hence, the participants came together to highlight the need to foreground community perception, about communities losing livelihood opportunities and adaptation options available on ground.

 


 

Launch of the Capacity Building Programme oand Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh

25th July 2014, Shimla

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Department of Environment, Science & Technology (DEST), Government of Himachal Pradesh, launched a Capacity Building Programme to strengthen institutional and human capacities on climate change adaptation, planning and implementation in the state on 25 July, 2014 at Shimla.

The capacity building involves ‘Orientation Programme’ for senior officials and policy makers and training programmes for officials of various departments at state and district levels.

The capacity building programme on climate change in Himachal Pradesh has been designed under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), which is a collaborative initiative of SDC and Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.

A part of the capacity building programme, the first orientation event, “Roundtable on Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh” was organized in Shimla on July 25, 2014. The roundtable witnessed participation of Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Directors of the State government departments.



 

National Consultation Workshop on Gender and Climate Change in Indian Himalayan Region

24th July, 2014, New Delhi

A national consultation workshop on gender and climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region was jointly organized by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on 24 July, 2014 at New Delhi.
The national consultation was part of study titled “Gender & Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Region” being conducted under the aegis of Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP). The study focuses on vulnerability of women in context of climate change and their potential role in adaption to climate change.

More details are available in the following links;

1. Agenda

2. Background note

 


 

Scientific Exchange Workshop on “Vulnerability, Risks & Hazards and Adaptation: Indian Himalayan Region”

19th - 20th June, 2014 New Delhi

A two day (19-20 June 2014) Scientific Exchange Workshop on “Vulnerability, Risks & Hazards and Adaptation: Indian Himalayan Region” organized jointly by G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED, Almora), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Government of Switzerland, and Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, New Delhi,  started on 19 June at New Delhi. The workshop aims to develop a common framework for Indian Himalayan Region on climate vulnerability, risks and hazards for prioritizing the adaptation actions on the face of climate variability and climate change impacts. For more details click here.

 


 

Consultation Workshop on Climate Change & Agriculture & Allied Sectors in Himachal Pradesh

16th November, 2013, Shimla

Department of Environment, Science and Technology, Shimla in partnership with IHCAP will be holding a series of consultation workshops on impact of climate change on various key sectors in Himachal Pradesh. In this regard CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur, has organized a one day consultation workshop on agriculture and allied sectors. The University has also prepared a working paper which was presented at the workshop. Feedback provided at the workshop will be used to further strengthen the working paper.

 


 

Regional Consultation - State Action Plan on Climate Change : Himalayan Region

18th -19th September, 2013

The state governments of the Indian Himalayan Region came together for the first ever regional consultation meeting to discuss their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and specific linkages to the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE).

The regional consultation meeting was organised by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) together with India’s two national ministries – the Ministry of the Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) – and with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For summary report of the workshop click here.

 


 

Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) 2013

25th-27th September, 2013, Nagaland

In its third year the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) was organised at Kohima, Nagaland. SMDS is a platform of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) for stakeholders from Indian Himalayan Region to come together to share experiences, discuss issues of development priority in context of climate change, as well as, to find ways to influence national and state policies. Further details on the summit are available here.

A side event on State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) was organized by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) on 27 September, 2013. The purpose of the side event was to highlight the need and direction for further strengthening of SAPCCs, identifying key priority actions in sectors vulnerable to climate change, increase understanding on implementation mechanism of the SAPCCs in IHR, understanding the synergy between SAPCC and NMSHE and understanding capacity building needs for effective planning and implementation. For brochure of the side event click here.

 


Indo-Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology - Level II

20th September - 22nd November, 2013

Level II of the Indo-Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology commenced from 20 September 2013. In the first phase participating researchers will gain hands on training at the Chhota Shigri Glacier in the Lahaul-Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. This will be followed by advanced classes on glaciology and related areas at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Experts from India and Switzerland will provide the training. Level II of the programme is a follow up of the Level programme which was conducted in April 2013. The Capacity Building Programme will contribute towards strengthening of institutional and human capacities in the field of glaciology and related areas. For details of the training programme please click here.

 


Climate Change Workshop in Leh

17th-26th September, Jammu

Workshop on ‘Climate Change, Cryosphere, Habitat and Changing Livelihood Pattern of Ladakh Region” was organised by National Institute of Hydrology and University of Jammu from September 17-26, 2013 at Leh. The workshop focused on the unique vulnerabilities of the cold desert regions in the Indian Himalayas with a predominantly socio-economic perspective. Brochure for the workshop is available here.

Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, was the chief guest of the inaugural session of the workshop.

While addressing to the participants, he emphasized a holistic understanding of the problems of climate change, though specific issues are to identified for regions like Ladakh as it is one of the vulnerable areas. He congratulated the organizers for organsing this workshop at Leh, Ladakh, where glaciers and snow melt is the only source water sustaining the Habitat. For related news click here.

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(From left to right) Ms. Janine Kuriger, Head Swiss Cooperation Office and Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland in India, Ms. Annu Anand, Head, Advocacy, Director-General, CMS; Dr. Surajit Baruah, State Project Manager, Sikkim, Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation (3SCA).
 
Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, speaking at the Fourth Annual National Workshop of IHR States (NWHRS-2017) under NMSHE.
Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director, SDC; Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur; Shri Irengbam Hemochandra, Manipur Environment Minister; and Ms. P N Vasanti, Director-General, CMS

 

(Left to Right) Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GBPNIHESD; Dr. N. Bhaskar Rao, Chairman, CMS; Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology; and Dr. R.N. Jha, Chief Conservator of Forests, State Climate Change Centre, Uttarakhand, Dr. Mustafa A Khan, Team Leader IHCAP.
 
(Left to Right) Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC, Dr. Renoj J.Thayyen, Scientist, NIH, Er. RD Singh, Director, NIH, and Dr. David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD.
 
Dr. Nadine Salzmann, University of Fribourg (center); a lab demonstration in progress for the participants attending train the teacher workshop.
(left to right): Mr. Ashok Singha, Managing Director, CTRAN Consulting, Dr. Nadine Salzmann, University of Fribourg, Dr. Ajay Kumar Lal, Director, DEST; Mr. Hans Raj Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner of Kullu district, Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan, Team Leader, IHCAP, and Dr. S.S. Samant, Scientist in Charge, Kullu, GBPIHED.
(L-R): Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head, SPLICE and Climate Change Programme, DST, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Hon’ble Secretary DST, Dr. Linus von Castelmur, Hon’ble Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, Director, Climate Change Programme, DST releasing report during the inaugural session.
Activities for School Children in Progress
Results Sharing Workshop; Indo - Swiss Joint Research
Workshop in Progress
(Left to right): Prof. H. S. Dhami and Prof S. P. Singh Inaugurating the international workshop.
The Chief Guest Shri Alemtemshi Jamir, Former Chief Secretary, Nagaland speaking during the inaugural. (Left to right): Prof. R.M. Pant, Director, NIRD & PR-NERC; Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GBPIHED; and Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC
Group Photo - Himalayan Young Researcher's Meet - II
Release of publication titled ‘Progression in Development Planning for the Indian Himalayan Region’ by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon. Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) (fourth from left). Others from left to right- Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GBPIHED, Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, MoEFCC, Shri Ajay Tamta, Member of Parliament, Almora, Shri B.S. Koshiyari, Member of Parliament, Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar, Shri V. Kashyap, Member of Parliament, Shimla, Shri T. Meinya, Member of Parliament, Inner Manipur and Shri M.S. Mahra, Member of Parliament, Uttarakhand.
From left to right Honorable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawat, speaking during the inaugural. Seated left to right: Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, SDC, Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GBPIHED, Padmashree (Prof.) A.N. Purohit, Shri Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary Disaster Management, Uttarakhand.

 

From left to right Dr. Nisha Mendiratta (DST), Dr. Nadine Salzmann (University of Fribourg), Dr. Markus Stoffel (University of Geneva), Janine Kuriger (SDC), A K Gosain ( IIT Delhi), Dr. Sundriyal ( G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Enviornment and Development)
Padma Bhushan Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Field work in progress
Shri Baldev Thakur, Sarpanch, Nauni Gram Panchayat, interacting with participants during field visit.
 

 

 
Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head, SPLICE, Department of Science and Technology addressing the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph: Field visit.
 
 
 

 

Dr. Sandeep Tambe presenting Sikkim’s experiences in bridging science, policy and practice gaps to journalists in Namchi, Sikkim.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Dr. Shirish Sinha (2nd from left) Depurty Director of Cooperation (SDC) and Mr. Kirtiman Awasthi (3rd from left) Team Leader, IHCAP at the Expert Consultation.
 
(Right to left) Dr. S.S. Negi, Director, DEST, GoHP; Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director-General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Hemant Gupta, CSO, DEST, GoHP & Joint Member Secretary; Mr. Kirtiman Awasthi, Team Leader, IHCAP
 
 
(centre) Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; and Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director, GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development.
 
 
 

 

(centre) Dr. S.S. Negi, Director, DEST, GoHP; (right) Dr. Hemant Gupta, CSO, DEST, GoHP & Joint Member Secretary, HPSCTE; (left) Sumana Bhattacharya, IC, India.
Workshop in Progress; 30th July 2014
 
 

 

Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director Cooperation, SDC & Shri Tarun Shridhar, Principal Secretary, Enviornment Science and Technology, GoHP
 
 
Ms. Janine Kuriger, Director Cooperation, SDC addressing the audience.
 
 
Mr. Dubois Jean-Bernard, Head of Division Global Program Climate Change, SDC, Bern
 
Consultation Workshop - 16th November, 2013
 
Ms. Janine Kuriger, Counsellor & Director of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland
 

 

SMDS III, Kohima, Nagaland
 

 

 

Level II - Journey to the Chhota Shigri Glacier.
 
 
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad