Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), with geographical coverage of over 5.3 lakh kilometre square, extends over 2,500 kilometres in length between the Indus and the Brahmaputra river systems.

The IHR physiographically, starting from the foothills in the south (Siwaliks), extends up to Tibetan plateau in the north (Trans-Himalaya). Three major geographical entities, the Himadri (Greater Himalaya), Himanchal (Lesser Himalaya) and the Siwaliks (Outer Himalaya), extending almost uninterrupted throughout its length, are separated by major geological fault lines.

The region is responsible for providing water to a large part of the Indian subcontinent.Many rivers considered holy like the Ganga and Yamuna flow from the Himalayas.

The importance attached to Himalayas by India can be gauged from the fact that as a region it is the only one which has a mission dedicated to it, namely the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) as part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).... Read more

Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme

Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) is a project under Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). In India it is anchored under the Framework of Science and Technology Agreement of November 2003 between the Swiss Federal Council and the Government of India and is being implemented as a bilateral cooperation programme with Department of Science & Technology.

The IHCAP builds on capacity and knowledge enhancement related to three pillars:

  • Scientific and technical knowledge cooperation between Indian and Swiss scientific institutions

  • Strengthening Institutions for adaptation measures among vulnerable communities

  • Mainstreaming adaptation policies for improved action in the Indian Himalayan Region...... Read more

Blazing a Trail - in Himalayan Glaciology

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Himalayas Climate Change Portal


An Initiative under National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (Under Climate Change Programme).

The National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

NMSHE is a multi-pronged, cross-cutting mission across various sectors. It contributes to the sustainable development of the country by enhancing the understanding of climate change, its likely impacts and adaptation actions required for the Himalayas- a region on which a significant proportion of India’s population depends for sustenance.

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Year of Swiss Innovation in India 2015 -2016

Through the initiative ‘Year of Swiss Innovation in India, 2015-16’ the Embassy of Switzerland and Swiss representations in India attempt to bring to you a series of symposia, workshops and travelling exhibitions on topics such as renewable energy, green buildings, robotics, intellectual property rights, gaming, digital innovation, design and artistic performances based strongly on science and innovation. For more information on the programme, click here.

Think ‪Innovation, Think ‪‎Switzerland.

Blazing a Trail in Himalayan Glaciology

2nd Indo-Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology

Twelve young researchers, out of a total of 22, have qualified for level 2 of the second Indo-Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology. Level 2 of the programme comprises advanced study of Himalayan glaciers; and a three-week field work to Chhota Shigri glacier in Himachal Pradesh. The training will be jointly conducted by experts from India and Switzerland. At the end of level 2, five candidates will be selected for level 3 based on their performance. To read more click here.

Recent Events

IHCAP is co-supporting a number of events for promoting science, practice, policy connect for enabling climate change adaptation planning and implementation in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Launch of IHCAP Phase-II & Consultation Workshop (10 - 11 March 2016

A group of decision makers, research scientists, academicians, government officials, and representatives from the civil society, multilateral and bilateral agencies came together on 10 March in New Delhi for the launch of Phase 2 IHCAP (2016-19) following the completion of IHCAP Phase 1 (2012-15). Read more

Indo-Swiss Joint Research on Integrated Vulnerability, Risk and Hazards Assessment in Kullu District: Results Sharing Workshop (17 November 2015; Shimla)

A workshop to share initial results from a pilot study on integrated assessment of climate vulnerability, hazard and risks in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh was organized by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Shimla on 17 November 2015. Read more


Science Express Climate Action Special and Multimedia Mobile Exhibition in the Indian Himalayan Region (9 - 23 November 2015)

Science Express was flagged off on 15 Oct and redesigned on the theme of climate change and the ways to combat it. Capitalizing on this unique opportunity, the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) organized various informative activities for school children ... Read more