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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Himalaya: Mountains Of Life

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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PR Web: University of Massachusetts Boston professor and leading conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur announce the release of their book Himalaya: Mountains of Life. Five years in the making, the book focuses on the Eastern Himalaya—the first time the region’s threatened biodiversity and cultures have been documented together by a preeminent

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change. With the weather becoming erratic and a clear variation in temperature, snowfall and rainfall pattern being recorded, apple crops are no more getting

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Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme-HICAP

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
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The Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region is highly dynamic as there are many socioeconomic and environmental drivers of change at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Climate change is believed to contribute to extreme weather events and possibly to increase

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Nepal Climate Loans-An Injustice

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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Brettonwood Project: The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), part of the World Bank-housed Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), intends to help integrate climate resilience in national development planning of climate vulnerable countries. The PPCR offers recipient countries a mix of grants and loans for climate adaptation projects. Nepal, the world’s fourth most vulnerable country to

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Agriculture Will Bear The Brunt

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: Climate Change Of late, farmer Rinchen of Semtokha is seeing some strange behaviour in her garden.  When trees in her garden at this time of the year shed leaves, a few apple trees have flowered again; and a plum tree is bearing fruit for the second time.  The banana plants are still green. “Usually,

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Four Himalayan Nations Agree On Climate Adaptation Plan

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan (President of the Bhutan Climate Summit Secretariat) with the head of delegations




The Bhutan Climate Summit for A Living Himalayas was successfully convened in Thimphu on 19 Nov 2011. Presided over by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley; Environment Ministers from the four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal adopted a declaration on behalf of their Governments wherein a regional ‘framework of

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India’s Climate Change Ground Zero

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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One Earth: In India, extreme weather basically means the annual monsoon, and this season’s rains, which ended a few weeks ago, were a constant topic of conversation during the five days I’ve just spent traveling around the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. U.P., as people call it here, is one of the poorest states in

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SMS alert of Climate Variation on Crops

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: Real-time SMS alert for farmers on impact of climate variation on crops. Farmers now get an alert on their mobile phones of sudden climate variations that can harm their crops. This is one of the innovative projects taken up by the central government to help farmers adapt to climate change in the country’s

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Rural Women Share Their Trials and Wisdom-PERU

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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IPS: CUZCO, Peru- “This year the freeze killed my crops, our small livestock died, and now I can’t even sleep because I’m worried sick thinking about how to put food on my family’s table, since I’m a widow,” said Rosaura Huatay, an indigenous farmer in Peru’s northern Andes highlands. Huatay and four other campesinas or

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Inviting Suggestions: Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems, India

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
Himalaya-Anonymous




This is in continuation to our previous posting (Link: http://chimalaya.org/2011/11/05/working-group-on-indian-mountain-ecosystem-meets-suggestions-invited/ ) on requesting suggestions as sought by the ‘Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems and Challenges faced by the Mountain People’ which met on 28th October 2011. This Group has officially asked suggestions from the state governments of all 12 Indian Mountain state, while we are

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Food Security in Face of Climate Change

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has outlined outlines crucial policy responses to the global challenge of feeding a world confronted by climate change. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT).




Global Commission Charts Pathway For Achieving Food Security in Face of Climate Change. Scientific experts outline concrete steps toward a sustainable global food system. In the lead up to UN global climate talks in Durban, South Africa later this month, an independent global commission of eminent scientists today released a set of concrete recommendations to policy

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Climate Smart Agriculture Suggested To Reduce GHG Emissions

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
Women living near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district cut barley in a field in Seeshghat village, northern Pakistan, May 24, 2010. Officials evacuated thousands amid fears the lake could burst and flood communities downstream. Photo credit-REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli




Commodity Online: The implementation of climate smart agricultural practices will go a long in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The theme has now become the main agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) scheduled to start later in November at Durban, according to carbon-investments.co.uk. The importance of the reduction of greenhouse gas

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Emission Sequestration and Storage of Carbon-Video

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This videos shows that whether the Agriculture practices are carbon emitter, remover, or protector of soil carbon store? Agriculture emits greenhouse gases, but also sequesters carbon in soil, and can protect carbon already in the soil. This short film outlines these issues for farms in the English Peak District National Park from UK.






Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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“Green” Green Revolution: Agriculture in the perspective of Climate Change

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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Publication: Globalization is the process through which rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer, irrespective of where they live. The degree of this effect varies with the strengths in the areas of technology, logistics, infrastructures, and finally on the quality of governance. This process is amplified further by economic reforms in India. The process of

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How trees and people can co-adapt to climate change

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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World Agro-Forestry: How trees and people can co-adapt to climate change: reducing vulnerability through multifunctional agroforestry landscapes. Climate changes, especially increased variability, affect landscapes, human livelihoods and trees in many ways. They are the consequence of a wider set of global change issues, including population increase, more consumption per capita and trade globalisation. Both people

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Working Group on Indian Mountain Ecosystem Meets- Suggestions Invited

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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The minutes of First meeting of the Working Group on “Mountain Eco-systems and Challenges Faced by the People living in the Hilly Areas” for formulation of the 12th Five year Plan” is given below, that was held on 28 October 2011 at Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi. It was chaired by Shri B.K. Chaturvedi, Member,

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Looking for a leader

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
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IUCN: Businesses around the world are adjusting to a rapidly-shifting economic landscape but should we expect them to lead the way to a green global economy? Olivia Pasini asks the question for our latest World Conservation Debate. The concept of a green economy has been around for a while now. For many years there have

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Mountains As Door-Openers

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Dr. R. S. Tolia: Writes this article as his ‘Third Inning’,  days those have been happily spent on reflecting over and about mountains and mountain people. This has taken him to various mountainous parts of India, neighbouring Nepal and recently to the beautiful city and canton of Switzerland, Luzern, in the northern Alps.  Besides learning

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Clues for Sustainable Farming Found in Ancient Hawaiian Techniques

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




ThinktoSustain: In a world facing numerous agricultural challenges, native Hawaiian agriculture provides a lesson in adaptation and sustainability, find scholars from Stanford. Along the south Kona coast of Hawaii, moisture gently sweeps in from the ocean. The looming volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea protect fields from harsher weather patterns, making the landscape well-suited to

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Pakistan’s mango orchards disappearing as weather shifts

Aug 20th, 2011 | By




Alertnet: Increasingly harsh and unpredictable weather is hurting mango production in southern Pakistan, driving farmers to cut down trees in favour of higher-earning crops like cotton, sugar cane and wheat. But the crop switch is reducing the region’s tree cover, leading to higher carbon emissions and hotter living conditions for many farmers, as well as

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Climate change affecting crop yield: ICRISAT

Aug 20th, 2011 | By




TheHinduBusinessLine: Mr Narayana, a farmer from Miryalaguda in Nalgonda district, has been witnessing low yields in cotton, paddy and sweet orange in the last few years. “I have seen intense rainfall in a week and dry spells for weeks, damaging the crop. Temperature is increasing and rainfall coming down,” he said. Little did he know

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Agro-Forestry: A Futuristic Solution In Mountains!

Aug 19th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani




Shalini Dhyani: With depletion of agricultural lands due to shift in monsoon patterns, landslides, run off, regular leaching of nutrients, and drying up of natural springs and lack of irrigation facilities has resulted into uneconomical agriculture in the mountain regions of India. Most of the villages in mountains are witnessing migration at a very large

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Biofuels: Not a silver bullet Next generation biofuels and synthetic biology

Aug 19th, 2011 | By




Next generation biofuels and synthetic biology For some, biofuels hold out the promise of a win-win-win solution. They claim that biofuels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy independence, and encourage rural development. This enthusiasm translates into significant government support. Annual global subsidies for biofuel production were $11 billion in 2006 and could rise to

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Challenges of climate change and sustainable livestock production in Nepal

Aug 18th, 2011 | By




Telegraph Nepal: Livestock production is one of the major components of Nepalese mixed farming system. In this system, while forest supplies fodder, fuel wood, grazing land, and balances hydrology, livestock convert fodder, grasses, and agricultural by-products to milk, meat, manure, and household income. Soil fertility of agricultural land is maintained by manure application. Agricultural crops

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Rising inflation causing food insecurity in Pakistan

Aug 17th, 2011 | By




TheNews: Rising inflation, especially of food, which is in double-digit for the last several years, is causing severe food insecurity in Pakistan, as millions of Pakistanis have limited access to food due to its high prices and the United Nations have time and again pinpointed this threat to the county, sources said on Monday. Although

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Power to the people: community forestry paving the way for sustainable forest management

Aug 14th, 2011 | By




CIFOR Blog: Climate change challenges are currently being tackled by community forestry projects around the world, and according to Dr. Yam Malla, outgoing executive director of the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), forest-for-people initiatives are fast becoming one of the most effective strategies for sustainable forest management. “Over the years, community forestry has proved

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Who controls our seed, our food and farming?

Aug 10th, 2011 | By




64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means to slowly take over and control lives. However,

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Mountain Women- Key Drivers of Change

Aug 8th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani




Shalini Dhyani: Changes in the fragile mountain ecosystems affect local people who are very much dependent on agriculture and forests. The economy in major mountain regions of the world is mostly dependent on women, and they are among the important actors of change and holders of significant knowledge and skills, which makes them crucial actors

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CCAFS Call for Proposals

Aug 5th, 2011 | By




CCAFS Call for Proposals: Agricultural Knowledge Networks, Innovation, and Behavioral Change for Climate Change Adaptation. The CGIAR Centre for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has opened calls for proposals for research on agricultural knowledge networks, innovation, and behavioral change for climate change adaptation is now open. The project will be undertaken in India,

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Feeding a Growing Population that Relies on Ecosystem Services

Aug 5th, 2011 | By




EnvironmentalLeader:The future of farming, food supply, and protection of natural resources are utterly interdependent. While all economic sectors depend to some degree on ecosystem services, agriculture has the most intimate relationship with nature. Agriculture depends on healthy ecosystems for services such as pollination for nearly 75% of the world’s crop species, freshwater, erosion control, and

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