A group photograph of the first Swiss-India Workhop that marked the beginning of IH-CAP project (Jawaharlal Nehru University - JNU - New Delhi, April 2, 2013)
IH-CAP stands for "India-Himalaya Capacity-building Program" and is funded by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), the principal agency of the Swiss Confederation that funds and runs cooperative projects in developing countries.
The Indian Himalayan Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP) combines advanced scientific research, traditional and innovative knowledge of communities and action, and policy articulation at multiple levels with the objective of adding value by addressing climate change impacts and adaptation in the Indian Himalayas in a holistic manner. It responds to a Government of India dialogue with the Government of Switzerland for collaboration to promote climate resilient development in the Indian Himalayan Region by strengthening scientific capacity in India, both at the individual and institutional levels, and through land-use based community adaptation measures. The programme is designed to build resilience to climate change impacts at the community level in Indian Himalayan Region by focusing on innovative climate adaptation solutions integrated with indigenous knowledge and practices, with a focus on water-livelihood-food security for poverty reduction and on risk reduction to extreme events in the Indian Himalayan Region. The programme will also, at India’s domestic policy level (state and national), enrich climate change policy dialogue and implementation focusing on adaptation, and work towards strengthening institutions and enhancing knowledge through networked solutions.
The IHCAP project is led by the University of Geneva and currently focuses on science capacity building. Activities include the training of youn Indian scientists in the fields of climatology, glaciology, hydrology and related fields and involves an annual three-level teaching (4 months of classes and a 6-month research stay for a limited number of Indian students).