Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya’s team interviewed Dr. T Ramasamy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) who heads the National Mission for Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and National Knowledge Mission under the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) of Government of India.
Dr. Ramasamy talked about the role of NMSHE and its implementation through coordinated actions in the Indian Himalayan region (IHR) and how the mission will involve various stakeholders in the process. He also discussed about various projects with the research and scientific institutions in the IHRs, and how they will help in building the capacities at grass roots. He also opined about the science and policy disconnect globally in climate change context and finds the issue more pertinent in relation to Himalayan ecosystem which is more fragile and vulnerable in comparison to other parts of the world.
The excerpts of interview follows:
Climate Himalaya: How National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) of Govt. of India will be involving various stakeholders in the process of its implementation in long run?
Dr. T Ramasamy: The first part is mission mode action to connect knowledge institutions, community based organizations and community as a whole to sit together and discuss issues concerning the sustainability of Himalayan Ecosystem. This is being done through building capacities of both institutions and people and inter connect them. In next ten years approximately would be to build the capacities, build the institutions, link them and in the organizations itself build the learning capacities, so that new things happen and they are recognized as well.
Climate Himalaya: How scientific projects developed and supported by Government of India will help the vulnerable communities in Indian Himalayan Region?
Dr. Ramasamy: The projects will not help, the scientific understanding will help. This is knowledge based activity, which will eventually connect the policies, but more importantly the ground actions. So, the scientific knowledge is here, that has to be compartmentalized through projects, programmes and long term activities.
Climate Himalaya: Is there a disconnect between science and policy making in general in Himalayan region?
Dr. Ramasamy: If it is climate change as an area, one will recognize that the science and policy interface at a global platform has a big gap. In the Himalayan region, it becomes more relevant and pertinent, because the ecosystem we deal with is very fragile, therefore, the vulnerability of Himalayan ecosystem has to be protected necessarily by certain regulatory path ways. The process needs to be based on knowledge and social behavior, and that is a disconnect at the moment.
Mountain Voice’ is a multi-media series of Climate Himalaya that captures the experiences, thoughts and opinions of people, practitioners, policy makers and researchers on various climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In this we interact with people to record their voices to understand the current situation by uploading them on its knowledge portal and YouTube channel that could be viewed by people worldwide. The objective of ‘Mountain Voice’ is to generate awareness about region at various levels, so that Himalayan mountains are recognized among the important places those need attention of the world leaders towards climate adaptation and sustainable development. You can see other similar videos at Link>>
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