Key Outreach Programmes

Web-Dialogue: Nature based Solutions to fight Climate Change in the Urban context

Changing climate is one of the pressing environmental challenges of our times, to be able to overcome the ill-impacts of climatic change, a host of mitigation and adaptation measures are being positioned world-wide. To discuss nature-based solutions to counter impact of climate change in urban areas, this Web-Dialogue was organized jointly by Global Foundation and CHINAR on August 8, 2020, the panelists for the session were – Prof. Monowar Alam Khalid, Professor & Head, Department of Environmental Science, Integral University, Lucknow, Manisha Choudhary, Project Officer – Biodiversity Finance Initiative, UNDP India, Aditya Pundir, Country Manager, The Climate Reality Project India and Shweta Naik, Country Coordinator, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program India.

The session, facilitated by Dr Pranab J Patar and Dr Pradeep Mehta, had been attended by approximately 109 participants from various fields.


Web-session: Rain Water Harvesting – Water Conservation Made Easy

Water crisis is a matter of grave concern, it should be everyone’s business and a collective responsibility. NITI Aayog believes that India’s groundwater crisis due to excessive exploitation is perhaps the worst water crisis in its history. The water resources, including ground water is actually depleting very rapidly owing to a number of natural and anthropogenic factors. It calls for immediate action to protect our water resources.

Keeping this in view, this web session was organized by NOFAA (Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Association) and Global Foundation to generate awareness on water conservation and most importantly promote rain water harvesting. Rainwater harvesting offers a huge opportunity to overcome our water crisis to a great extent.


Web-Dialogue : Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience in the Mountains organized by Global Foundation & CHINAR on 25 July 2020

Mountain ecosystem is very fragile, in fact so delicate that even a minor human interference can lead to a lot of complications. Mountains exist in many regions of the world across altitudes, vegetations and climate regime. The issue of mountains is of utmost importance to Global Foundation and CHINAR, to discuss about the importance of mountains and see what can be done to protect it from various threats such as changing climate, this session was organized under the facilitation of Dr Pranab J Patar of Global Foundation and Dr Pradeep Mehta of CHINAR.

The panelists for this sessions were: Dr Peter Jacobs, Chair of the Mountains Specialist Group at the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Dr Mustafa Ali Khan, Team Leader – Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation in Himalayas programme at the Swiss Cooperation office India, Shri Sushil Ramola, President, Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and Dr Nakul Chettri, Regional Programme Manager of the Transboundary Landscapes at International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu.

Web-Dialogue : Post COVID World and the Future of Conservation & Management of Water Resources

Global Foundation and CHINAR in collaboration started a web dialogue series on Environment & Sustainability issues. Fresh water issues continue to be a major global concern with water bodies disappearing really fast across the planet. Now of course things are even more difficult now owing to Corona Pandemic. In order to discuss what lies in the future in the context of water conservation, the 1st Web Dialogue on ‘Post COVID World and the Future of Conservation & Management of Water Resources’ has been conducted on July 11, 2020.

Five eminent panelists including Dr. Arvind Kumar, President & Founder of India Water Foundation and Governor, World Water Council, Mrs. Usha Rajagopalan, Founder Chairperson of Puttenahalli Neighborhood Lake Improvement Trust, Bengaluru, Prof. MVVS Giridhar, Professor and Head, Centre for Water Resources JNTU, Hyderabad, Mr. Manav Chakraborty, CEO, Partners in Prosperity, New Delhi and Mr. Ramveer Tanwar, Pondman and Founder – SayEarth deliberated in this virtual dialogue and discussed largely on challenges and solutions to deal with such unprecedented situations.

Session was attended by over 60 participants from diverse field i.e., academics, NGO’s, Corporate, Researchers, Educators.