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India’s climate change laws

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The latest Globe Climate Legislation Study was published in January 2013, focusing on 33 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For the first time climate policymakers have a clear idea of how countries around the world are attempting to control their greenhouse gas emissions. We have selected the highlights from Globe’s analysis

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Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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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-

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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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Saving The Ganga

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Eurasia Review: Time has come to become serious about the future of the river. There is a growing perception that the Ganga might completely dry in next fifty years if no effective action is taken to purify the river, keep the flow of its water intact and control the global warming. There cannot be a

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As Glaciers Melt, Bhutan Faces Increased Risk of Mountain Tsunamis

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
Bhutanese walk in front of the Gankar Punsun glacier in Bhutan on Nov. 18, 2009. The kingdom's glaciers are melting, which is blamed on global warming Adnan Abidi / Reuters




TIME: The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked between India and China in the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range, is paying the price for global industrialization. Climate change is causing many Himalayan glaciers to melt in increasingly unstable ways, and there are concerns about the long term viability of the ice in a warmer world. Water

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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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Rethinking Everyday Religion and Climate Change in the Himalayas

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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IndiaChinaInstitute: Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalayas is a multiyear initiative that endeavors to uncover new dimensions to the current discourse on global environmental policy. The project aims to create an enabling environment for knowledge-sharing and production on the complex role of religion with particular emphasis on sustainable environmental issues. Given the diversity

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Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Writes about the history of Darjeeling town in Indian Himalayan region, its ethnicity, the administrative setup and various social, economic and ecological aspects. He talks about the fragile ecology and increasing demand for environmental resources due to  growing tourist influx and poorly planned urbanization. He feels that hill town like Darjeeling has unique

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INR 8.35-cr Anti-erosion project for Brahmaputra

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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Assam Tribune: The Planning Commission has accorded investment clearance to implement anti-erosion works to protect Brahmaputra dykes. This project is estimated to cost Rs 8.35 crore. The dyke works relate to 69 km (Uluberi) and 78 km (Borigaon). The proposed scheme envisages anti-erosion measures for a 9000-m long reach on the south bank of the

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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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Pollution, Neglect and too much love killing once idyllic Himalayan lake

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Photo: Pollution at Dal Lake.  Because of the high levels of nutrients, Dal Lake is prone to algal outbreaks, particularly during summer. Photo: Mukhtar Ahmed




Brisbane Times: Time is running out for Kashmir’s premier tourist attraction, writes Ben Doherty, in Srinagar. Through the dawn mist, Dal Lake is beautiful. As the first shafts of sunlight break over the Himalayan foothills that hug the lake’s perimeter, the still waters are slowly brought alive by the silent ferrying of the shikaras back

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Wetlands at a loss in India

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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Asian Age: Wetlands consist of marshes, swamps, bogs and similar areas. The functions of wetlands are filtering out of sediments and nutrients from the surface water and support all life forms through extensive food webs and bio-diversity. Wetlands contribute to a number of important processes including movement of water into streams and rivers, decay of

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World Meet On Climate Change in Hyderabad

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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The New Indian Express:  India’s first climate change conclave to be held in Hyderabad will help raise awareness on alternative energy resources and improve the existing energy policies in the country. Climate change is for real and India, as a growing economic and industrial power, has an increased role in global climate change control. The

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World Bank: Nepal dams won’t stop Indian floods

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Chinadialogue: Indian planners need to radically rethink flood prevention strategies in the Ganges basin, as a new World Bank study debunks old myths. For decades, Indian planners working to harness the waters of the Ganges and its tributaries have believed building dams in Nepal will save Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh from the floods that

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Indo-Bangla study on Brahmaputra

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
Photo credit: Srabani Roy's  trip to Bangladesh




Telegraph India: Project to promote better understanding of management of natural resources. Scientists from India and Bangladesh have joined hands for an integrated understanding of the Brahmaputra and how river systems affect lives of people under an International Union for Conservation of Nature project. The project, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, is a civil

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Scientists pinpoint sources of four major international rivers

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Xinhuanet: Chinese scientists have pinpointed the sources of four major rivers that flow through China and south Asia, and measured their lengths and size of drainage basins, information that will prove to be invaluable for future environmental research. The information about the Brahmaputra, Indus, Salween and Irrawaddy rivers was a result of expeditions and satellite

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National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA): A Case for Ganga Innovation Mechanism

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By
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Image via Wikipedia Suman K: The river Ganga is sacred to India and holds immense spiritual, social, cultural, recreational, and economic value to Indians. It originates in the Himalayas and traverses through a stretch of 2500 km across the north and eastern plains of India serving as a life force for close to 40% of

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Fire On The Mountain

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The gentleman in the payment kiosk swiped the card and gave it back to me. Then he asked my wife for the carry bag to pack the month’s provision. Carry bags? What?? You are not packing this into plastic bags? My wife looked puzzled. No ma’am, we are not giving away plastic bags

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Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
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Sudhirendar Sharma: Even at the cost of being refuted, it wouldn’t be out of context to prophesize that globalization of climate change will convert the Himalaya into a new playground for capitalism! Not only will the Himalaya get converted into a repository of carbon to counter what others have voluntarily emitted but will charge for

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Watch all that waste!

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Truth Drive: Ladakh has been gradually climbing out of the devastation that struck in August last year when a cloudburst over Leh resulted in massive quantities of water pouring down from the sky on a sleeping population. What followed as was watched by the world in horror were massive mudslides destroying in its wake, homes,

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Indian prime minister throws weight behind green reforms

Aug 20th, 2011 | By




Business Green: Manmohan Singh uses Independence Day address to signal support for new green watchdog India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh has today outlined his government’s plans for a more robust environmental protection regime backed by a new green watchdog tasked with cracking down on illegal or environmentally damaging developments. Speaking as part of his annual

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Indian river’s pollution claims more lives than bomb blasts

Aug 20th, 2011 | By




IRNA: Indian river ‘Ganga’ claiming more lives than those caused by bomb blasts, said L K Advani expressing concerns over the increasing level of pollution in the river Ganga. In his latest blog posting, Advani, the leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party, quoted Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, to argue that the pollution

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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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Pakistan’s water crisis

Aug 16th, 2011 | By




Tribune: A water crisis is emerging which could have major implications for Pakistan’s economy and society. Effective management of this crisis first requires urgent mitigation and adaptation measures with close cooperation amongst Pakistan’s provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh on the one hand and then between Pakistan and India on the other. If the necessary

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Environmental assessment authority to be set up: Manmohan

Aug 15th, 2011 | By




Amid growing debate over environment protection and fate of mega projects, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said government will constitute an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process for giving green clearances. “In the coming months, we will constitute an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process of environmental clearances,”

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Himachal sitting over Rs 816-cr green fund

Aug 14th, 2011 | By




IndianExpress:The Ministry of Environment and Forest has for the first admitted, in the High Court, that nearly Rs 816.08 crore of compensatory afforestation fund deposited by the Private Power Producers and companies engaged in the hydro-power generation was lying idle stashed in different banks for the past 15 years. In all, more than Rs 896.76

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Tap hydropower potential, PM urges Nepal

Aug 14th, 2011 | By




Kuenselonline: In an effort to discourage expansion of nuclear power generation by the government of India, Bhutan is encouraging Nepal to increase exploitation of its hydropower potential, it was revealed at the end of the ‘happiness and economic development’ conference, yesterday (12 Aug). While Nepal has vast hydropower potential, not much of it is tapped.

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Climate change `to increase malaria` in Indian Himalayas

Aug 12th, 2011 | By




Climate change is likely to spread malaria to new areas in the Indian Himalayas, and lengthen the periods in which the infection is spread in a number of districts, according to projections from malaria researchers in India.But the country’s east coast could see fewer malaria cases by 2030, because of rising temperatures which affect mosquitoes’

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World Bank inks $648 million loan for Indian hydropower project

Aug 12th, 2011 | By




EcoSeed: The World Bank has signed a $648 million loan agreement with Tehri Hydro Development Corp., a joint venture corporation focused on developing, operating and maintaining hydro projects in India, for a 444 megawatt run-of-river hydropower project. The bank’s loan will help finance the construction of the Vishnugad Popalkoti Hydro Electric Project on the Alaknanda

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Most Himalayan Glaciers Retreating; 21% Stable or Expanding, Survey Finds

Aug 11th, 2011 | By




Sciencemag: A new study by the Indian Space Research Organization and the Geological Survey of India in Kolkata reports that although 21% of India’s Himalayan glaciers are showing no increase in melt rate, the majority are receding. The pattern is a worldwide phenomenon and part of a natural cyclic process, according to a statement from

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India will need 10 percent more water by 2050

Aug 10th, 2011 | By




On account of recent revision of population figures by the census of India and the United Nations, India will require nearly 10 percent more water than existing government calculations by 2050. The study will be released in the current Science journal, reports Jacob P. Koshy from livemint.com. A report by National Commission for Integrated Water

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Ishi, the seven year old climate superhero

Aug 10th, 2011 | By




EcoBusiness: The newest environmental superhero is a seven year old Himalayan girl named Ishi. Ishi, who lives in a small Indian village called Kaaza in the remote ice desert region of the Himalayas, is the star of an award-winning short film from Delhi filmmaker Nitin Das. The message of the film is as short and sweet as

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Hope in the Himalayas: Bhutan’s Conservation Ethic

Aug 10th, 2011 | By




SierraClub:Do you despair that the developing world is starting to consume like we do? That our energy budget is spiralling out of control? Know, then, that Bhutan, the hidden kingdom of the Himalayas, is determined to develop sanely and sustainably. While you wouldn’t want to visit — tourist visas cost hundreds of dollars per day,

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GLOF Part 1– A Threat Present And Real: Indian Summary

Aug 9th, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay




Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: On August 4, 1985 the Dig Tsho (Tsho-lake), in the western section of the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Khumbu Himal, Nepal breached the moraine releasing 8 million cubic meters of water that rushed downstream. The lake burst destroyed the Namche Small Hydel Project on its wake and claimed 5 lives. The world

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Oh, we’re the cleanest

Aug 8th, 2011 | By




HindustanTimes: The Ganga is the cleanest river in the world. Mumbai does not have slums. And Delhi is the politest city in the universe. Unless you are one of those ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ t-shirt-wearing types (only statements, not action) who believe that the Golden Age of India is never-ending and the country is in an

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Govt studies forecast less water, lesser yield

Aug 8th, 2011 | By




HindustanTimes: With India expected to be warmer than estimated earlier, a new set of government-sponsored studies have predicted lesser availability of water and decline in agriculture production on account of climate change. The studies were done under the aegis of the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) to provide a holistic picture with an

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Makings of a riparian rift

Aug 6th, 2011 | By




GulfNews: The race between India and Pakistan for control of water grows fiercer as population booms and glaciers recede. Stephen Myron Schwebel, an American jurist, recently became the first outsider in 64 years to cross the Line of Control (LoC) — the world’s most militarised de-facto border that divides Indian and Pakistani Kashmir. Schwebel’s visit

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Beyond Chipko!

Aug 5th, 2011 | By
Dr. Manish Semwal




Manish Semwal: I wish to share with you that how the local actions could make difference at global level and the overall scenario of our forest. As we observe various environmental issues around the world those need to be focused immediately, keeping in mind that what we do locally affect globally. The environmental concerns related

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India thwarts move on climate change

Aug 4th, 2011 | By




Hindustan Times: India has thwarted a move by rich countries to have a small group to decide uniform guidelines to implement climate change mitigation action review regime in each country. Instead, India convinced them that each country should submit its own version of guidelines for consideration at the next UN conference in Panama City in

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Water shortages threaten renewed conflict between Pakistan, India

Aug 4th, 2011 | By




As population growth and climate change increase competition for water around the world, India and Pakistan may find water a growing source of conflict, analysts say. The two South Asian countries have a long history of tensions over issues as diverse as terrorist attacks and rights to Kashmir. Diplomatic initiatives have helped reduced these tensions

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The Extraordinary Collapse of Jatropha as a Global Biofuel

Aug 4th, 2011 | By




IGES: An ambitious Indian biofuel program initiated in 2003 by the Planning Commission of India, envisaging 30% mandatory blending of diesel by 2020, involved raising Jatropha curcus on wastelands across India. In mobilizing millions of lowest income farmers and landless poor with the promise of high returns the powerful Commission may have relied too heavily

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GCR link of Global warming – a new Contrarian twist?

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay




Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Dr. Kelvin Klemm’s post Indian study shows climate change is probably caused by natural factors is what scientists call false positive. It apparently praises an Indian perspective and may turn out to be quite popular for Indian readers but I have few reservations about the enthusiasm it apparently invokes. I feel that it

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India on mission ‘climate change’

Aug 1st, 2011 | By




GeospatialWorld: “Climate change is a priority research area for the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and India is on a mission mode to develop innovative solutions indigenously,” said Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. In this direction, the minister declared that MoES is setting up the National Monsoon Mission which

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Need effective framework to protect environment

Aug 1st, 2011 | By




Business Standard: In the public mind, there has always been a trade-off between economic growth and environmental sustainability. But, this view is changing slowly as more and more people are reviewing their notions of what constitutes growth. In fact, the very definition of growth has been enlarged to accommodate environmental and related concerns. There is

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Why the greens miss Jairam Ramesh

Aug 1st, 2011 | By




DNA: Government decisions are often described as absurd, but few are considered random. Most decisions, especially those involving change of responsibility or designation, are carefully calculated. So, when a ministerial portfolio, for instance, is taken away, the question is worth asking — Why? Writing for Al-Jazeera, eco-activist Vandana Shiva had raised questions about the propriety

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Reform-The Way Forward!

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani




Shalini Dhyani: The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is home to 40 million people, which is 3.8% of the total population of India. Since independence, the system of democratic governance ushered in new institutional arrangements with some specific arrangements to protect and maintain socio-cultural identities of the mountain societies in the Indian Himalayan Region. A wide

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Lost Himalayas

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
K N Vajpai




K N Vajpai: We boast, we host, and we are lost! It sounds the legacy of mighty Himalaya and its people. Here, agencies seem boasting the urgency and the welfare of mountain ecosystem (!), while people in the region are hosting their dialogues with utmost care, and then they are lost somewhere. The remains of

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Don’t Flush It In Leh

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay




Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Do you guys remember the school in Leh where Fungchook Wangdoo went back to – in the popular movie ‘3 Idiots’ by Amir Khan? I am talking about the Druk Padma Karpo School where the movie was partly shot and the school that was devastated in the 2010 cloud burst. I guess you

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Query!! Enhancing the Reach and Effectiveness of CHI: UN Solution Exchange India

Jun 10th, 2011 | By
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UN Solution Exchange India and Bhutan: Query: Enhancing the Reach and Effectiveness of Climate Himalaya Initiative Knowledge Sharing Platform – Advice. Reply by 24 June 2011 Moderator’s Note: Enhancing the reach and effectiveness of knowledge platforms like the Climate Himalaya Initiative (CHI) is crucial as they play a critical role in knowledge sharing, advocacy, research

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Footprints- A Year of Knowledge Networking…

Jun 7th, 2011 | By
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On the occasion of World Environment Day 2011, we prepared a very brief  note on the work of Climate Himalaya Initiative in advocating Mountain Agenda from Himalayan region . Our Take: Who will Fund our will! We don’t always require a project fund to set examples, spread ideas and make things happen! On this premise

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