Adapting to Climate Change: A Focus on Biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas

Certificate Training Programme on the Interaction of Biodiversity and Climate Change in Northeastern India


This two-week programme jointly organized by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) in Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh, delves into various concepts about ecology, climate change, interaction of climate change and biodiversity, ecosystem services and functions as well as social science. These will aid the participants in understanding the adverse role of environmental change (synergistic effects of climate change and other non-climatic environmental stressors) on the biodiversity and people of the Northeastern Himalayas.

Training will be imparted through a combination of lectures, discussions, field exercises and week-long intensive group projects. In addition, a variety of important topics and case studies pertinent to the region will be taken up as group discussions between the participants. Reading material will be sent to the selected participants to familiarize themselves with the topics that will be covered in the lectures, case studies and discussions.


Current post-graduate students, early career professionals working with or with experience of working with non-profits, government agencies, research institutions and academic centres in Northeastern India. We hope to maintain an age limit of 35 years to ensure a certain level of experience, and so that participants gain the most from the programme.


By the end of the program, the participants will be able to:

● Explain the richness and vulnerability of the northeastern Himalayas in terms of biodiversity.

● Explain and identify the ecological and socio-economic impacts of environmental change specific to the region.

● Develop strategies to address the impacts and understand the requirements for policy reform.

● Effectively assimilate pertinent data and contribute to open source biodiversity databases.

● Develop training modules and curriculum that could be used to scale-up efforts to mainstream biodiversity information by established institutions in the eastern Himalayas.



Faculty and experts from ATREE and RGU will lead the lectures and training sessions.


Deadline to apply is 15th September, 2018.

Selected applicants will be notified directly by 21st September, 2018. Our decisions will be final.


There is no fee for the workshop. All participants will be reimbursed for travel from their departure location to the RGU campus, and back (train (3AC), bus, shared taxi). Accommodation at the RGU hostels and food will be covered. Stationary and equipment for the field exercises and mini-projects will be provided by the organizers.


October 22nd – November 3rd, 2018


Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh


For more information or queries, please contact Rubin Sagar (