Prakash Tiwari

Professor

Dr. Prakash C. Tiwari is Professor of Geography at Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. He also worked as Assistant Director [Micro Regional Planning] at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj [NIRDPR], Government of India, Hyderabad. Professor Tiwari is a Mountain Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist; and has worked with various national and international organizations in India and abroad in these fields. Professor Tiwari has implemented a number of multi-institutional collaborative research projects sponsored by international organizations including Australian Agency for International Development [AUSAID]; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD]; International Water Management Institute [IWMI]; Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research [APN], Japan; British Council under the UK India Education and Research Initiative [UKIERI]; Finland Research Council; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD]; and apex national agencies including Department of Science and Technology [DST], Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO], Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change [MOEFCC], Government of India; University Grants Commission [UGC] and Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], New Delhi.

Professor Tiwari also worked as 'Climate Change Expert' in Indo-US Project jointly implemented by Urban Climate Change Research Network [UCCRN] and International City Management Association [ICMA] under the International City Link Programme, supported by United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and Consultant to the International Water Security Network [ISWN] Project. Professor Tiwari is a Professional Mentor to the International Academic Programme for 'Creating a Flexible, Enduring and Peaceful Global Society' [TAOYAKA] of Hiroshima University, Japan. He is one of the Lead Authors of Hindu Kush Himalaya Monitoring and Assessment Programme [HIMAP] of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD], Kathmandu, Nepal. Professor Tiwari is also Coordinator of Himalayan University Consortium [HUC] at Kumaun University, Nainital. Currently, Professor Tiwari is collaborating with some of the top-ranking universities of North America and Europe as Lead Indian Partner in multi-institutional international projects on 'Sustainable Urban Development in Hindu Kush Himalaya' funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], USA; Sustainable Natural Resource Use in the Arctic and High Mountains [SUNRAISE] supported by the European Union [EU] under its Horizon 2020 Programme on Capacity Building in Higher Education [CBHE]; and joint Field-based 'Educational and Research Programme' on Water Conservation sponsored by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education [SIU]. Besides, Professor Tiwari is also involved in the 'Spring revival with Sustainable Land Management [SLM] Practices in the Mid-Hills of North-western Himalaya being implemented under the 'World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies' [WOCAT] by the Centre for Development and Environment [CDE], Bern, Switzerland; and in East Africa-Peru-India Climate Capacities [EPICC] Project of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research [PIK], Germany.
Professor Tiwari was awarded 'Invitation Fellowship' of Japan Society for Promotion of Science [JSPS] in 2012-2013; the highest international fellowship - 'Mercator Fellowship' - of German Research Foundation [DFG] in 2007-2008; 'Guest Professor Fellowship' of German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD]; and Shastri Fellowship' of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute [SICI], Canada in 1997 and 2005. Professor Tiwari was appointed as 'Visiting Professor' at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK; the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden; University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; and University of Turku, Turku, Finland; and 'Visiting Scientist' at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany from time to time. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of European Land-use Institute [ELI], Bonn, Germany; and member of the Scientific Steering Committee [SSC] of the Commission on 'Cold and High Altitude Regions' [CHAR] of the International Geographical Union [IGU].

Community Based Adaptive Natural Resource Development to Climate Change Adaptation in Rainfed Middle Himalaya

The Department of Geography of Kumaun University in India organized and implemented training workshops in the Himalayan town of Nainital, to support local government stakeholders, community based institutions, young researchers and local people in assessing, monitoring and adapting to droughts in the Himalaya. 

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