The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), through Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) aimed to enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities in the Indian Himalayas by strengthening the capacities of Indian institutions in climate science, with a specific focus on glaciology and related areas. It also looked at building institutional capacities of Himalayan states in India on adaptation planning, implementation and policy.
We designed and developed a web-based geo-spatial portal on climate vulnerability at district and state level for 12 Himalayan states under IHCAP, a bilateral programme between Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and SDC. The geo-spatial portal provides easy access to the vulnerability data and maps for use by different stakeholders in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) for adaptation planning. It presents climate change vulnerability information in a user-friendly interface, enabling planners and decision-makers to identify the climate hotspots and accordingly plan for adaptation to build resilience.