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Strengthening links between Indian and German researchers

10/28/2011 - Indische Wissenschaftler wollen ihre Verbindungen zum Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) ausbauen. Das Institut für sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Wandel in Bangalore hat Jürgen Kropp eingeladen, bei einer hochrangig besetzten Konferenz vergangene Woche die Hauptrede zu halten sowie die Eröffnung und die Schlussbemerkungen zu machen. Kropp ist Leiter des Nord-Süd-Projekts im PIK-Forschungsbereich Klimawirkung und Vulnerabilität. Unter den mehr als 200 Teilnehmern war der Premierminister und der Präsident des Bundesstaates Karnataka. Das Treffen stand unter dem Motto „Kooperation zwischen Deutschland und Indien stärken“ und wurde von der Humboldt Stiftung unterstützt.
Strengthening links between Indian and German researchers

Mixing colors: paint powder on a market in Bangalore. Photo: thinkstock

“Accelerated climate change will very probably threaten India’s economic growth,” Kropp says. “Water availability and management and food security are the most evident issues.” Approximately half of Karnataka’s population depends on rainfed agriculture. “So it is crucial to consider the monsoon system which is estimated to be a potential tipping element in the Earth system due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas.” Reducing CO2 emissions implies significant changes in the global energy system. In the same time, India is importing more than 70 percent of oil requirements, “This indicates the interlinkages of the socio-economic and the climate challenge”, Kropp points out. “Germany and India can be first movers to show how these can be reconciled.

Karnataka, which was hosting the conference, is one of India’s most important states with a population of a size similar to France. The Institute for Social and Economic Change participates in the development of climate change mitigation planning on the federal level of India. Jürgen Kropp is leader of PIK’s North-South Project which contributes to, for instance, climate impact adaptation research in  Indian Cities like Hyderabad, Kolkata, or Cochin.

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