A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR- Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology, Palampur on 6-7 October, 2012.
The workshop concluded with the decision to establish a live portal for NMSHE (National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem) with nodal points in states in Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), set up about 100-120 doctoral fellowships and studentships for work on programmes of direct interest to state action plans and NMSHE, convene a meeting of 10-12 knowledge institutions in the region and develop 10-year programme with defined and time bound actions and deliverables, work on some standalone projects based on the recommendations of the expert group, establish a mechanism for supporting state climate cells for core staff, observations and data generation with a reporting system, coordinated actions with enrolled knowledge institutions and community based organizations.
The NMSHE is coordinated by DST (Department of Science and Technology) of Government of India that organized its first workshop at Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, India.
The overall objectives of NMSHE stakeholder’s workshop was to enroll various stakeholder organizations, identify knowledge gap that need to be addressed, identify possible knowledge network and projects, and identify relevant state and central government ministries to involve them in the mission.
This mission of Government of India aims to achieve time bound targeted goals and put specific strategies in place to achieve sustenance of Himalayan ecosystem through its key areas of work on knowledge networking and development of human & institutional capacities.
Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary to Department of Science and Technology who was present all through and steering the workshop mentioned that, “it has been felt that NMSHE being a national mission has a challenge to evolve a coordinated approach with the participation of all the stakeholders from the Himalayan States, therefore, requiring a unique implementation strategy”.
The Coordinator of NMSHE, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Adviser, DST informed that “the DST will be involving four types of stakeholders in the mission like different central ministries, state governments, research & development institutions and NGOs/CBOs.” A total of 150 institutions were invited to submit research proposals on various capacity building research, out of which DST got about 70 proposals by now.
The discussions during the workshop were held with four broad categories of stakeholders viz., R&D institutions, Central Ministries, State Governments and NGOs/ Civil society organizations. The discussion with R&D Institutions was in four working groups on themes like climate change vulnerability and impact; meteorology, glaciology and hydrology; bio-diversity and flora/fauna and ecology.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES of Govt. of India) also made their presentations on weather & climate observing and modeling systems and climate change projections for IHR.
The 7 State governments representatives from Indian Himalayan region which made presentations on their State Action Plans (SAPCC) and linkage with NMSHE include; Assam, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Mizorum, Nagaland, Sikkim, and West Bengal.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on the mountain and climate related issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last two years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>