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    New Delhi: Workshop on disaster and climate-resilient pathways

    New Delhi (India Science Wire): The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, an autonomous research institution under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is organising a weeklong workshop (KARYASHALA), focused on ‘Disaster and climate-resilient pathways: adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development’, starting December 07. The workshop is being organised under the Accelerate Vigyan Scheme of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The scheme aims to advance the research productivity of promising PG and PhD students from universities and colleges through high-end workshops on specific themes.  

    The workshop covers an exhaustive list of topics, including - concepts and Issues of climate change; disaster risk reduction and sustainable development; climate change as disaster risk driver; nature-based solutions to address societal challenges; climate-resilient pathways, adaptation and mitigation; sustainable development; extreme weather disasters; and smart practices, technologies for climate resilient agriculture. 

    Disaster risk management in the complex Himalayan terrain; application of remote sensing and GIS in disaster management; social-ecological resilience to coastal disasters; the role of blue carbon in climate change mitigation; and women in climate change solutions would also be dealt with during the workshop. 

    The program offers an excellent opportunity for the students to acquire specialized research skills and strengthen mechanisms for identifying potential in various scientific research pursuits. The workshop serves as a platform to foster advanced research and education programs focusing on building climate resilience and disaster risk reduction. It also brings together young researchers, students, and disaster risk/climate change experts under one roof.  The workshop presents a forum to sensitize the participants to the potential and scope of nature-based solutions, remote sensing, and GIS for holistic disaster risk reduction and climate resilience.

    ‘KARYASHALA’ with no registration fee, is open to postgraduate students and PhD research scholars from various institutions, colleges, and Universities. Postgraduate students in their final year or final semester in Botany, Environmental Science, Life Science, Disaster Management, and Geology can preferably be selected as participants. The PhD students, preferably pursuing the first year of their course or intend to pursue research in any aspect of climate change and disasters, are also eligible. Interested participants can register online by 01 December, 2022, through google form link (https://forms.gle/esS4EqwgfNCQjzJw7),” said Dr Shilpa Pandey, the workshop coordinator and scientist-D at BSIP. 

    The subject-specific panel of noted resource persons of the workshop comprises Prof. Anil Gupta, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi; Dr Tuhin Ghosh, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Dr CN Pandey, IIT Gandhinagar, Dr Satya Singh, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Regional Office, Lucknow; Dr Sandeep Pandey, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, Dr Narendra Singh, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital; Prof. M.G. Thakkar, Kachchh University, Bhuj; and Dr Anjum Farooqui from BSIP, Lucknow. 

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