Climatic Vulnerability and Developing Leadership Network

Posted on June 5, 2010

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Unlike other parts of the World, the Himalayan Mountains remain neglected in many ways by various national and international agencies. In this region, the governance system is dysfunctional and various leading government, inter government and research institutions are not playing their role effectively.

Empirical evidences have shown that the region is already in the state of crisis, affecting the vulnerable population due to various environmental problems. A number of coalitions, regional cooperation and initiatives are working in project mode, so the efforts not sustainable. Investments are being made towards sustaining development with environment, however, the results are not only deficient in making a difference, but also poor in quality and outreach.

There is missing and disconnected leadership in Himalayan region, whereas, a sheer knowledge gaps and lack of understanding on various climatic issues, and no adequate shared understanding about the regional problems as a whole, and no map of potential risks. The need of Climate Himalaya Initiative www.climatehimalaya.net is felt due to evident climatic vulnerability and extremes in the Himalayan Mountains, which is steadily taking toll in terms of water related hazards, biodiversity losses, ecosystem dysfunction, looming livelihood opportunities and high migration.

The Climate Himalaya Initiative started in early 2010 http://chimalaya.org , and it works on the principles of reform in the present environment governance system in Himalayan Mountains and envisages developing; an interactive platform of various stakeholders on various climate change issues, scientific and practitioners database, a vibrant leadership network and develop the capacities of people and organizations.