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India sets up $100 mn Himalaya ecosystem mission
February 28, 2014, 1:41 pm

Cataclysmic floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, surrounded by the Himalayas last year provoked a debate on India’s readiness to deal with ecological disasters [AP]

Cataclysmic floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, surrounded by the Himalayas last year provoked a debate on India’s readiness to deal with ecological disasters [AP]

India on Friday signed off on a crucial  measure towards securing the future of the world’s most famous mountain range, the Himalayas.

The Indian Cabinet on Friday approved the outlay plan for India’s National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) with a budget outlay of  $100 million.

The project would be monitored under India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) which was launched in 2008.

India’s Himalaya project aims to develop “a sustainable national capacity to continuously assess the health status of the Himalayan Ecosystem”, said an official statement.

It would also enable New Delhi’s policy bodies in their policy-formulation and implementation for sustainable development in the fragile Himalayan Region.

Cataclysmic floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, surrounded by the Himalayas last year provoked a debate on India’s readiness to deal with ecological disasters.

The mountain project will also study glaciers and associated hydrological consequences in the Himalayas, while predicting natural hazards.  The Indian government says these funds will also be used to study biodiversity and wild life conservation, traditional knowledge societies and their livelihood.

The Himalayan project also aims to “scientifically assess the vulnerability of the Himalayan region to climate change”.

The Mission also seeks to safeguard communities in the Himalayas from the impacts of climate change through evidence based policy formulation and enhanced research and capacity.

Marginalized and vulnerable communities of the Himalayan region could be beneficiaries of the project, say Indian officials. The project covers all 12 Himalayan States of India including Jammu & Kashmir.

The fragile Himalayan ecosystem has been burdened by burgeoning tourists and religious pilgrimages as the region houses ancient Hindu sites of worship.

 

 TBP 

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