Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019

Climate Change and Himalaya Programme

Climate Change is a daunting challenge to humanity as well as natural ecosystems.  Existing natural ecosystems are a by-product of historical changes in the climate. However, since last century due to anthropogenic activities the situation has worsened. The rate of extinction of biodiversity has quadrupled and a possible shift in climate will have an impact on ecosystems. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand and assess the impacts of climate change on threatened species and important ecosystems in India. It is equally essential to identify conservation strategies which either minimize the impacts or create buffers for species to adapt to the changes. In order to achieve this, it is imperative to communicate the outcome of this initiative to policy and decision-makers to invoke appropriate responses. 

At BNHS, our goal is to address the climate change concerns for conservation of biodiversity through research, education, awareness and advocacy in India. As a part of this initiative we will work in two Global Biodiversity Hotspots– the Himalayas and the North-East India. In order to achieve this goal, we want to assess the impact of climate change on ecosystems, especially the threatened species in India, and come up with appropriate strategies, policies and planning to tackle the same.

Focus of the programme:

  • Threatened avifauna of alpine grassland, Brahmaputra/Terai grassland, Lowland forest, Mountain forest 
  • Wetlands of Central and Eastern Himalaya and North-East India
  • Butterflies of central and eastern Himalaya
  • Community based biodiversity conservation  
  • People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR)