Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme

The sensitivity of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) to changes in global climate has been recognised and given priority by the Government of India. However, knowledge and scientific information on climate change impacts on the IHR is still limited and capacities to adapt are weak. The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) aims at bridging the knowledge gap on climate change impacts and response measures by supporting collaborative research, capacity building and knowledge exchange and dissemination.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Environmental policy
Riduzione dei rischi di catastrofi
Conservazione delle risorse idriche
01.01.2016 - 30.09.2020
CHF 3'165'800

The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is the “ecological reservoir” of the entire Hindukush Himalayan region due to its rich biodiversity and the ecological services it provides from its forests, snow, ice and river water. With a geographical coverage of over 0.54 million km2 and 51 million people living in these areas, the region is facing important challenges with respect to climate change. The impacts of climate change affect not just the mountain region but also livelihoods of people living downstream. Recognising the importance of the Himalayan ecosystem, the Government of India has launched two national missions to integrate climate change concerns for sustainable mountain development namely the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMSH).


The resilience of vulnerable mountain communities in the Himalayas is strengthened. Knowledge and capacities of research institutions, communities and decision makers are connected and enhanced.

Gruppi target

The target group will include:

  • Researchers: at least 60 Indian and 15 Swiss scientists working on collaborative research,
  • Local communities: up to 70,000 people in Kullu district who will directly benefit from adaptation measures,
  • At least 2,600 professionals: including state government officials, academicians, researchers, journalists and community representatives who will benefit from awareness and training on adaptation planning and sustainable mountain development in the context of climate change.
Effetti a medio termine

i) Knowledge increased on impacts of and vulnerability to climate change of the Himalayan socio-ecological system; (ii) Capacities of academic and public institutions to address climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region are enhanced; and (iii) Awareness is increased, policymakers are informed and knowledge is disseminated in the Indian Himalayan Region, Hindu Kush Himalayas and beyond.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Collaborative research studies (cryosphere, impact on water resources, livelihood and economic sectors) leading to concrete adaptation measures and policy recommendations
  • Climate adaptation measures for Kullu district developed, documented and shared
  • Training programmes to build human and institutional capacity on climate science for adaptation planning in the Himalayan States conducted
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms for exchange of knowledge, policy planning and reporting on climate change in IHR strengthened
  • Knowledge from IHR connected to regional and global science-policy platforms

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • Capacities of 51 Indian researchers (including twelve women) enhanced on Himalayan glaciology and related areas through an Indo-Swiss capacity building programme.
  • A state-of-the-art integrated vulnerability, risks and hazard Assessment framework developed and applied for conducting thirteen joint studies, which provides scientific evidence of climate change impacts in Kullu district.
  • Over 127 state government officials in Himachal Pradesh were oriented and trained on adaptation planning and implementation. Other Himalayan states are keen for similar orientation and training programme in their states.
  • Activities such as media training (120 journalists so far) and policy platforms including Parliamentarian Forum have resulted in informed dialogue and consultations on climate change and sustainable mountain development in IHR.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Research Organisation of South East
  • University of Geneva
  • Swiss Universities or FHS
  • IHCAP Programme Management Unit (PMU), University of Geneva (for direct mandate)

Altri partner

Department of Science and Technology; Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Departments/Nodal Agencies of Himalayan States; other National, regional and international organisations (such as ICIMOD).

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

3SCA, PACC, GLOF Yarkant River China, Glaciares+, SMD4GC, CC&E and DRR network, ICIMOD, GIZ, DFID, UNDP.

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   3'165'800 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   2'779'659 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF  3'750'000 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF  7'250'000
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.01.2016 - 30.09.2020   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.07.2011 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)