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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Announcements & Updates

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.

Teach the Teachers Workshop on Glaciology and related areas at University of Fribourg, Switzerland (30 June 2016 -  06 July 2016)

The aim of the workshop was to support Indian faculties to strengthen curriculum on glaciology and related areas in the existing academic programmes at Indian Universities... Read more


Consultation Workshop on Adaptation Actions in Kullu (19 May 2016; Kullu)

A one day consultation workshop held in Kullu, brought together government officials, researchers, and members of civil society organizations to discuss issues related to ‪‎climatechange‬ adaptation in Kullu... Read more


Launch of IHCAP Phase 2 & Consultation Workshop.

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