Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Media Invite: Centre for Science and Environment

CSE’s Annual Media Briefing on Climate Change

November 6-7, 2014
10 AM-6 PM on both days

Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

You are cordially invited to the CSE annual two-day media briefing on climate change for journalists. This year’s briefing is designed to communicate key issues connected to climate change and current negotiations. It will provide the necessary background information and impetus for an informed reportage on the forthcoming climate summit in Peru.

The meet will be attended by a number of leading editors, journalists and correspondents from the Global South.

We do hope you will attend.

Media registration will be done on site. Please find the programme schedule below.

For more details or any assistance, please contact: Souparno Banerjee, 9910864339,

For more information on previous briefings and CSE's work on climate change, please visit:

Programme Agenda

DAY 1: November 6, 2014

Registration: 9.00-9.50

Session 1: The state of negotiations – from Peru to Paris
10.00 AM-12.30 PM
·        Sunita Narain, director general, CSE
·        Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE
(Tea: 11.00 AM-11.15 AM)

Lunch: 12.30-1.30 PM

Session 2: Extreme weather events and managing their impacts
1.30-3.30 PM
·        Overview: M Rajeevan, advisor/scientist G, Union ministry of earth sciences, New Delhi
·        Rainfall events and flood forecasting: V D Roy, director, Flood Forecasting and Warning Mechanism, Central Water Commission, New Delhi
·        Cyclones: Kamal Lochan Mishra, CGM, OSDMA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India)
·        Compensation – the question of climate justice: Ambuj Sagar, professor of policy studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

Tea: 3.30-4.00 PM

Session 3: Adapting to climate change – some case studies
4.00-6.00 PM
·        Overview: Arjuna Srinidhi, programme manager-climate change, CSE
·        Agro-advisories and ecosystem-based adaptation: case studies from central India: Crispino Lobo, managing trustee, Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune
·        Climate proofing homes in Rajasthan: Manu Gupta, director, SEEDS India, New Delhi
·        Smart practices and technologies for climate resilient agriculture: Ch Srinivas Rao, director, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad
·        Climate change adaptation in mountainous regions: case studies from Nepal:Ajaya Dixit, general secretary, Institute for Social and Environment Transition, Kathmandu, Nepal


DAY 2: November 7, 2014

Rewind by Arjuna Srinidhi: 9.30-10.00 AM

Session 4: The co-benefit agenda for the global South
10.00 AM-12.30 PM
·        Overview: Chandra Bhushan
·        Agricultural emissions and co-benefits of mitigation: Himanshu Pathak, professor, Center for Environment Science and Climate Resilient Agriculture, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
·        Reducing livestock emissions: Kamal Kishore, coordinator, Rainfed Livestock Network, Anand, Gujarat
·        Forest conservation and community rights: Sanjay Tomar, Regional Coordinator, South Asia, World Agro-forestry Centre, ICRAF, Delhi
·        Short-lived pollutants – diesel and particulates: Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research and advocacy, CSE
(Tea: 11.00-11.15 AM)

Lunch: 12.30-1.30 PM

Session 5: Energy efficiency and mitigation potential from household appliances
1.30-3.30 PM
·        Overview: A Walia, director, India Programs CLASP+SEAD
·        Energy rating: Saurabh Kumar, managing director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
·        Climate impacts from household appliances – HFCs: Dilip Rajadhyaksha, senior general manager-manufacturing, Godrej Appliances
·        Climate and energy benefits of coolants: Markus Wypior, Prokilma Project Manager – GTZ
·        Energy efficiency of appliances -- lights and fans: Ashok Kumar, energy economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, New Delhi

Tea: 3.30-4.00 PM

Session 6: Panel discussion
Do we live on the same planet? The North-South divide in climate reportage
4.00-5.30 PM
·        Amit Baruah, resident editor, The Hindu, Delhi
·        Gardiner Harris, South Asia correspondent, The New York Times
·        Raj Chengappa, editor-in-chief, The Tribune, Chandigarh
·        Sunita Narain
·        Victor Mallet, South Asia bureau chief, The Financial Times 

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