Indo-Swiss Cooperation For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Adaptation, Advocacy, Capacity Development, Climatic Changes in Himalayas, Development and Climate Change, Disasters and Climate Change, Ecosystem Functions, Government Policies, India, Information and Communication, International Agencies, Lessons, Population, Research, Vulnerability

group photoIHCAP: A Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated on 02 April 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) in the presence of Swiss Ambassador to India Dr. Linus von Castelmur and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

The press release states that the Capacity Building Programme will contribute towards strengthening of institutional and human capacities in the field of glaciology and related areas in the Himalayan region of South Asia.

The Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) under its bilateral cooperation with Government of India’s towards its National Action Plan for Climate Change by supporting the sub mission called ‘National Mission For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE)’ which is coordinated by Department of Science and Technology (DST).

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Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador von Castelmur said, “We are pleased to be the first country with whom, India has jointly developed this collaboration. This programme provides an opportunity for strengthening capacities of Indian researchers and institutions involved in the research field of climate change and glaciology. At the same time it is also an opportunity for Swiss scientists and experts to collaborate with their Indian counterparts to seek and identify areas of mutual interest for research.”

Dr. T. Ramasami, said “the Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology directly contributes towards the fulfillment of one of the key objectives of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE). He added, “under NMSHE, establishment of a comprehensive network and creation of human and institutional capacities for understanding the linkages between climate science and glaciological studies in the Indian Himalayas is very critical from a long-term development perspective”.

Dr. Ramasami called on the “students to benefit from the cumulative knowledge and expertise of some of the best Swiss and Indian faculties involved in enhancing their understanding as well as contributing to new knowledge for country to plan its policy action for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem”.

The four week Capacity Building Programme is organized by the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). A total of 30 students with experience and exposure to the diverse field of glaciology have been selected. Faculties from 22 Universities and Institutions in India and Switzerland will conduct the programme. Speaking at the inaugural session, Prof Sudha Pai, Rector, JNU, said “this programme hosted by JNU is recognition of expertise and capabilities developed in the university over the last two decades”.

By: Mr. Mustafa Ali Khan, Policy Specialist, IHCAP


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