The Hindu: Research on climate change and biodiversity in India received a boost on Tuesday with a Rs. 14-crore grant from the Norwegian Embassy to Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) for five years.
While climate change research in India tends to focus on “adaptation measures” such as crop diversity or groundwater storage, these new resources will help ATREE look at “mitigation”, including an assessment of emissions and land use change, said Ganesan Balachander, director of ATREE. The institute would launch a programme that consolidates their climate change research, which comprises independent projects on subjects such as hydrology and forestry, he said.
The grant will also support 40 Indian Ph.D. students to undertake research in the field of sustainability, and enable faculty and student exchanges between Norwegian research institutes and ATREE. India and Norway have had a history of strong cooperation in the field of environmental research, said Norwegian Ambassador Eivind S. Homme, who launched the collaboration at the ATREE office.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five 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 the 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>>