The issue of vulnerability of the Himalayas in times of increasing climate change will be put forth at the conference of parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change being held in Morocco from November 7 to 18. GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and would be representing India at the conference,

Director of GB Pant Institute, PP Dhyani told TOI, "COP 21 at Paris has been major success with now 197 member countries implementing its guidelines from Friday. India gave its own input at Paris under clause Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. As I am representing India at COP 22 so I want to fetch global attention to the vulnerability of young Himalayas for climate change and its related aspects . Some 198 mountainous countries have formed World Mountain Forum but issues related to Himalayas are not getting the prominence they deserved in it"

According to Dhyani , GB Pant Institute which was entrusted the task of framing guidelines by the environment ministry for its Rs 150 crore project, Governance for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem'', has come up with guidelines which will be implemented by Department of Science and Technology (DST). Institute for being the nodal agency under prime minister's project National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) for 2015-16 of Rs 100 crore has also asked the 12 mountainous states to identify key areas in environment sector for research and development. Some 28 studies have been finalised as of now including 17 for Uttarakhand. The research work on these areas after a period of three years will be the basis for national document for state action for climate change.

" National Mission for Himalayan Eco-system was one of eight national mission under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where DST was coordinating. Now under Prime Minister Narender Modi, NMHS will hopefully carry out long term research as Himalayan studies have been data deficient only then we can tackle the challenging issue of climate change . To sensitise our law makers, our institute have had three interactive sessions with our parliamentarians in the past. We want a separate Himalayan policy and a Himalayan ministry in near future," said Dhyani.

Source: November 3, 2016, The Times of India