Best Paper Award for Alumnus Medani Bhandari

Medani P. Bhandari

How do India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan engage in addressing environmental severity induced by climate change? ITC alumnus Medani Bhandari uses a global and regional comparative matrix in his award-winning paper.

CLIMATE 2011 gave this year's award to Mr. Medani P. Bhandari from Syracuse University, US, for his paper Environmental Performance and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Case Study of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Medani earned his degree in Environmental Systems Analysis and Monitoring at ITC in 1998. His theses is entitled Assessing the Impact of Off Road Driving in Masai Mara National Park, Narok, Kenya. Since then he leads a very active academic and professional life, has served extensively as a research and professional consultant, and played a leadership role in international NGOs. He has gained expertise in the full range of the interwoven academic fields and subfields of sustainable development, environment conservation, climate change, including the national and international environmental policy formation and has written over 45 professional publications ranging from journal articles and research reports to books in these fields. He will graduate with a doctoral degree in sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in May 2012”

Medani wants to use his scientific and cultural knowledge, research and research management skills, and his extensive experience in natural resource management (with focus on forest and protected areas); as well as the global organizational management to foster social justice and empowerment to address poverty and the challenges of global environmental change; with focus on biodiversity, climate change, international issues on waters and land degradation. Specifically, he wants to: cultivate a multidisciplinary knowledge-based network to minimize conflict over natural resources; and catalyse action across the global community for a sustainable world by changing public attitudes on global climate change, increasing public awareness of North-South differences and tensions, and analysing risk, policy, and behaviour.

Environmental Performance and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Case Study of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

Relatively little scholarly work has focused on comparative evaluation of South Asian countries’ environmental performance (EP) in addressing issues of vulnerability to climate change. It is an accepted fact that climate change induced problems in South Asia have been increasing over many years, but their effects largely have been blamed on extreme poverty and uncontrolled population growth. Scholarly works and government reports indicate that the countries individually and collectively are aware of the severity of climate change impacts and have taken some initiatives aimed at adaptation and mitigation. However, it is still unknown how effective those initiatives are and how they are being implemented. This research broadly examines these countries’ EP by modeling a comparative matrix in the global as well as in the regional context. The author is interested in how India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan actually engage in addressing environmental severity induced by the climate change. This research utilizes (plot) various years’ data from the public domain, e.g., Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI); Environmental Performance Index (EPI). EP is presented in the framework of comparative scores on (1) environmental burden of disease; (2) water resources for human health; (3) air quality for human health; (4) air quality for ecosystems; (5) water resources for ecosystems; (6) biodiversity and habitat; (7) forestry; (8) fisheries; (9) agriculture; and (10) climate change respectively. The specific findings of this research will reflect on the efforts of the respective countries and also provide an opportunity to evaluate the cause of success or failure. Read more …….

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