Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru partnered to create a multi-institutional initiative to build up a ‘Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region Using a Common Framework.’
Such assessments are valuable for the administrative authorities, implementers, chief executive, funding offices and advancement specialists, to have a typical comprehension on vulnerability, empowering them to survey which state in IHR is more vulnerable, what has made them helpless and how they may address these vulnerabilities.
The Framework and the outcomes were exhibited on March 14th, 2019 during the National Workshop on ‘Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for States and the Union Territories Using a Common Framework’ organised by IIT Guwahati and IIT Mandi with help from IISc Bengaluru, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The 12 states incorporate Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and the bumpy areas of West Bengal in the eastern part and Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir in the Western piece of IHR.
Featuring the effect of this project, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, stated, “The adjustment to Climate Change is a synergistic effort between suitable utilization of innovation, a goal that produces policies, a change at ground level and drawing in the neighbourhood networks. These helplessness maps will assume an essential role in this effort.”
Talking about the significance of this venture, Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, stated, “Being situated in the Himalayan Region, IIT Mandi is pleased to be a piece of this vulnerability evaluation exercise and a pioneer in innovation in this areas. The different research projects attempted by IIT Mandi address this vulnerability, peril and outrageous events in the Indian Himalayan Region.”
Understanding the high vulnerability of IHR, Government of India launched the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE). DST is coordinating the usage of NMSHE with help from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP).
Ms. Tamara Mona, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland in India stated, “Switzerland, similar to India, has a long involvement in confronting the potential chances and dangers. Swiss national policy for climate change adaptation has been complemented by nearby government procedures; based on detailed and locally anchored risks assessment, maps and preparedness, plans and actions. The IHCAP project of SDC, in partnership with DST, is supporting the implementation of NMSHE in India with a similar approach”.
The complete Report is accessible here: http://himalayageoportal.in/