Research based on Himalayan ecosystem is inadequate: Ramesh

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 1 2009, 05:13am hrs
Minister for environment and forest, Jairam Ramesh, on Tuesday said the countrys research, based on the Himalayan ecosystem, is inadequate. The minister was speaking at the release of the guidelines for governing and managing the fragile system, a key source for countrys water requirement.

We need to strengthen our research on the Himalayas and are willing to cooperate with other countries in the region such as Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan to enhance our knowledge base, Ramesh said, while releasing the report titled Governance for sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem. He said the report will be vital for the formulation of a national mission for sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem, a part of the countrys eighth national action plan for climate change, which was announced by the Prime Minister last year. Currently, only two action plans, the national mission for solar energy and the national mission for energy efficiency, have been finalised. Ramesh also assured that all the action plans would be finalised over the next two months.

The national mission for sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem aims to scientifically study the impact of climate change on the Himalayas and puts in place adaptation measures to meet the growing challenges. The mission will also bring together collaborated efforts of climatologists, glaciologists and other experts, as well as local stakeholders.