Stakeholders discuss climate change, implications

Our Correspondent
Itanagar, Jun 20: Under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE), the central Department of Science & Technology (DST) has initiated a new programme titled “Human and Institutional Capacity Building (HICAB) in Climate Change for Indian Himalayan Region”.

The HICAB programme proposes to lay special emphasis and focus on the North Eastern states.

To participate in the HICAB programme for Arunachal Pradesh, a meeting on “Climate Change and its Implications in Arunachal Pradesh” was conducted on Tuesday at North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), at Nirjuli near here, under the chairmanship of its Director, Prof H S Yadav.

Eleven other institutes and organizations namely, Rajiv Gandhi University, NIT Arunachal Pradesh, College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU Pasighat, State Forest Research Institute, Geological Society of India, State Remote Sensing Application Centre, AP State Council for Science and Technology, Water Resources Department, State Climate Change Cell (NMSHE) of Itanagar, Central Water Commission, and GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development participated in the meeting.
Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head, Climate Change Programme, DST, and his team apprised the participants about the HICAB programme through video conferencing, a press release informed here today.

He invited all the participating organizations to send him expression of interest/ concept note for R&D grants in consultation with user departments for solving specific problems related to Arunachal Pradesh under any of the following sub-themes – Climate change vulnerability and impact, Meteorology, Glaciology and Hydrology, Bio-diversity and flora/fauna, and Health and Livelihood.

The research proposals will be discussed in a national workshop to be held in August this year and selected projects will be funded within this financial year, the release added.