Climate+Change Indian Himalayan Region soft launched in Delhi

Shri Prakash Javredkar (right), Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and parliament members from Himalayan countries at the soft launch of Climate+Change Indian Himalayan Region: Our Mountains Our Future 15 December 2016 in New Delhi, India.  
Photo credit: Sanjeev Verma/for ICIMOD

Shri Prakash Javredkar, Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) kicked off the soft launch of Climate+Change Indian Himalayan Region: Our Mountains Our Future during a ceremony on 15 December 2016 at the MoEF&CC’s new Indira Paryavaran Bhawan building in New Delhi, India. 

The unprecedented three-year long initiative aims to build a resilient, climate-smart community across the Indian Himalayan region. Combining outreach, documentation, creative expression, exhibition, and education around climate-related issues, the initiative will provide innovative solutions to the challenges of living in a time of rapid transition.

Across the Indian Himalayan region, communities are experiencing the social, economic, and disaster-related impacts of rapid climate change. As they have for millennia, people in the region are adapting to change through their own creativity and resilient traditions, but now the pace of change outstrips many communities’ capacity to successfully adapt. Larger societal responses are necessary for better adaptive responses to climate change. These include sharing evolving knowledge — both scientific and cultural — more accessible to individuals and communities.

The initiative will strengthen India’s response to the needs of its communities in the Himalayas. As the initiative travels to places across the region it will document the challenges peoples are facing in urban, rural, highland, lowland, upstream and downstream areas. It will collect stories of traditional practices and recent innovations helping communities thrive in a time of uncertainty. 

In the form of an evolving exhibition co-created with the communities it travels to, it will share mechanisms and ramifications of global and regional climate change, tailored to the needs communities express in the project’s initial phase, and continually adapt as practice suggests. This synthesis of knowledge — from local to global, traditional to scientific - will provide a broad basis for action to improve the lives of families and communities across the region. It will also develop a fellowship programme that strengthens the climate-smart community network by providing opportunities for talented individuals to make significant contributions to knowledge an innovation.

Climate+Change will return to Delhi In December 2017, as a month-long, city-wide event.