IHCAP or the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
We work in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). IHR houses one of the largest resources of snow and ice in the world. The region is highly dynamic but also very fragile. The impacts of climate change in the region are real. Increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, erratic and unpredictable weather conditions and changing rainfall patterns are affecting the regional ecology, agriculture productivity, water resources and the livelihoods of the mountain communities.
Taking into consideration the vulnerability of the region to climate change and the dependence of a vast population on it, it is paramount to improve scientific understanding about climate change and to generate new knowledge about climate change impacts in the region. At the same time, it is equally important to enhance resilience of the people directly dependent on the region, and to strengthen capacities of individuals and institutions to plan and implement climate change adaptation measures. There is also an urgent need to reduce the gap between science, policy and practice in the Indian Himalayan Region.