Sustaining Himalayas

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sustaining himalayas
The Himalayan ecosystem is fragile and diverse. It includes over 51 million people who practice hill agriculture and remains vulnerable The Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass, through providing forest cover, feeding perennial rivers that are the source of drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower, conserving biodiversity, providing a rich base for high value agriculture, and spectacular landscapes for sustainable tourism.
The Himalayan eco system is vulnerable and susceptible to the impacts and consequences of a) changes on account of natural causes, b) climate change resulting from anthropogenic emissions and c) developmental paradigms of the modern society.
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This would call for suitable learning systems for balancing changes in eco system with responsible human actions. National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco system will adopt different approaches for building various capacities.
a) Building Human and Knowledge Capacities:
Capacity to capture, store and apply knowledge relating to the vulnerability and changes in the Himalayan eco system over extended periods of time requires specially trained man power and expertise. The National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco system will focus on the creation of human capacities in the areas relating to sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem, About 100 professionals and experts in the area will be trained. Minimum of 25 well trained glaciologists will become available for research and development and inputs for policy studies. 4
b) Building Institutional Capacities:
National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem will build institutional systems with long term memories and organizational structures for long term observations, studies, understanding and forewarning of changes in the
Himalayan eco system. Two pronged approaches are planned. There are a large number of knowledge institutions and community based organizations which are already engaged in various aspects relating to the sustenance of the Himalayan
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