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Programme on climate change to begin

india Updated: Apr 13, 2008 09:17 IST

A programme to train personnel to develop future strategies and to deal with the upcoming threats due to climate change in India has been initiated by an international non-profit organisation in collaboration with the British High Commission.

Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), an organisation with a rapidly growing network of 1,700 personnel in 80 different countries across the world, would along with the British High Commission train the persons coming from various section of the society.

The persons selected could be a local community leader, a farmer and a highly qualified academician/scientist.

In India climate change is often termed by experts as a leadership free zone and hence local/regional climate change concerns are seldom taken into account when decisions are taken at national level. In other words, information gap is more glaring between local and national level than national and international level, experts say.

The programme would initially be confined to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Indo-Gangetic Plain of Uttar Pradesh and the Northeast comprising all seven states and West Bengal.

Pragaya Varma, Executive Director of LEAD India told PTI that in all, 60 climate change leaders, 30 from each region would be trained. The programme would further be implemented in China, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia, she added.

According to Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) -one of the key partners in Uttarakhand - the selected individuals will be trained on all relevant aspects of leadership such as system thinking, team building, negotiation and conflict resolution, cross cultural communication, skill building over a period of one-and-half years.