Climate Action Programmes

People for GAIA (PFG)

People for GAIA (PFG) seeks to achieve rapid reductions from household/individual carbon emissions through a ‘quantifiable’ and behavioural change powered interactive awareness and adoption platform. GAIA’s ultimate goal is to radically amplify and mainstream decarbonisation efforts through adoption or amplification of sustainable lifestyles by engaging individuals and households for significant yet ‘timely’ changes to lifestyle. Thereby, mitigating and adapting to the impacts of global warming and our changing climate.


ReTravel or ‘Re’sponsible and ‘Re’generative Travel programme seeks to ‘Re’look and ‘Re’volutionize the way we look at one of the most important sides to Travel - Accommodation. With ReTravel, ICI’s goal is multi-pronged, the key goal is simple - to help mitigate travel emissions and mainstream responsible and sustainable travel by allowing travellers to explore and book sustainable properties across Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Uttarakhand, and eventually pan-India thereby additionally boosting local livelihoods.


As deforestation receives a major chunk of the global attention, and rightly so, degradation has received significantly less attention. The research looks at identifying the extent and classification of forest degradation across the two districts of Kinnaur & Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, India and subsequently estimating the necessary budget to restore these degraded forest patches. In addition to this, the study further looks at estimating the short and long-term ‘monetary’ benefits of forest restoration and comparing it with the cost of restoration to assist policymakers, forest managers, the academia, etc. with actionable information to aid informed decision making. The study, as a by-product of its outcomes, seeks to bring to the forefront, amplify and mainstream restoration interventions by providing the target stakeholders with a scalable and easy-to-use digital tool to assess the costs and feasibility of restoring degraded forests. While the tool will be built primarily using information/frameworks made available from the study, phase II would entail scaling the tool for other districts, states, climatic zones, forest types, biomes, and so on.


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