NADI Lectures 1: Social and Economic Impacts of Climate Change in the GBM Basin

Date:   Fri Nov 26, 2021 - Fri Nov 26, 2021


 Introductory Note

Impact of climate change in today’s time has been of global concern more for its negative impact rather than any positive outcomes and the losses that mankind has had to suffer as a result of these. The impact has been significantly reflected in our riverine systems where many people have had to alter their means of living for survival.

The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) Basin is one of the largest riverine systems in the world which supports around 650 million people many of whose livelihoods have had to change in order to adapt to the evolving circumstances.

Through this lecture it would be our effort to understand how stable and sustainable means of generating protected livelihoods and biodiverisities can be adopted to take the cause forward.


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 About the Speaker

Dr Ritesh Kumar, Director Wetlands International South Asia.
Over the last two decades, Dr Kumar has led integrated management planning for several wetlands in South Asia region, and coordinated multidisciplinary projects on wetlands assessment, ecosystem services evaluation, water management, sustainable livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Dr Kumar has been part of several policy making processes related to wetlands in India, key being a part of the drafting team of national regulation on wetlands, the National Biodiversity Targets under the Convention of Biological Diversity and indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. He advises several state governments on policy and management aspects of wetlands. Dr Kumar has been involved in several global, regional and national assessments. These include being a Lead Author of Global Wetlands Outlook (2018), as Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Regional Assessment on Status of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and Pacific (finalized in 2019), and the methods assessment of multiple values of nature (ongoing).
Dr Kumar has been closely associated with Ramsar Convention processes. As an expert member of the Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel for three trienniums, he has worked on various themes including wetlands and poverty reduction, ecosystem services, disaster risk reduction, health, agriculture, tourism and others. Notable contributions include drafting Resolution X.28 on Wetlands and Poverty Reduction, the Changwon Declaration on human well-being and wetlands, policy briefs on multiple values of wetlands and wetlands and disaster risk reduction.
About the Organization
Asian Confluence is an India based think tank that initiates, stimulates, and accelerates revival of the shared civilizational values between the people of India and South East and East Asia to strengthen our ecological, intellectual, economic, technological, political and security ties, and thus ensure that we become dependable and involved partners for the growth of all countries in emerging Asia.
About NADI Conversations
NADI (Natural Allies in Development and Interdependence) Conversations, is our ongoing initiative, which includes a series of webinars and lectures on the common theme to highlight and celebrate the common riverine and civilizational heritage of the nations and people in the Ganga Brahmaputra Meghna (GBM) Basin. ‘NADI Conversations’ are planned as a web-based, multi-stakeholder conversation series, under one of our flagship initiatives: NADI, to celebrate rivers as the pulse and life force of our ecology and civilization.