Other Initiatives


Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change

Four Universities: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, University of Kashmir, Srinagar J & K, University of Jammu, Jammu, J & K and Sikkim Central University, Gangtok, Sikkim came together to form a consortium named ‘Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCCC)’ to look into Cryosphere- Societal interactions, within the framework of integrated science-social science research. The consortium partner universities cover most of the northwest, central and northeast part of the Indian Himalaya.


Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum (HSDF)

The Shimla Declaration on Sustainable Himalayan Development’ during Conclave of the Chief Ministers of Indian Himalayan states (Shimla, October 30, 2009) recommended establishment of Multi-Stakeholder Himalayan Sustainable Development Forum (HSDF) on the issue of sustainable development of Himalaya in the context of climate change. The conclave took note of developmental concerns & climate change, and provided an inventory of developmental themes and issues which needed a thorough scrutiny and fine-tuning in the perspective of sustainability


The study of South Lhonak Glacial Lake in terms of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF)

South Lhonak glacial lake, located in the extreme North-western parts of Sikkim, is one of the fastest growing lakes in Sikkim Himalaya. The lake is fast increasing in its size in an extremely abnormal way due to the melting of the South Lhonak glacier attached with the lake and addition melt water from adjoining North Lhonak glacier and main Lhonak glacier. The abnormal growth of the volume of the lake is a great concern in terms of glacial lake outburst floods. The lake is purely a glacial moraine dammed lake which is vulnerable in terms of GLOFs.