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Asish Kumar Ghosh: A Tribute

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With the passing away of Asish Kumar Ghosh at the age of 81, we in India have lost a distinguished environmentalist. I have known Ghosh, the founder-director of the Centre for Environment and Development, through our work on climate change and have been fascinated with his knowledge on the subject. The last time I met him was at a “Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation” (DECCMA) workshop in Ghana last year. As we both worked on the governance issues of this international project, we had long discussions about using our knowledge for policymaking, which he felt was the need of the hour. I did not realise it would be the last time I would see him.


He was a Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation scholar educated at the University of Calcutta and University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States. A recipient of several international visitorships to Europe, and North and South America, he wrote extensively on the subject of biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Ghosh will be remembered for his contribution to the formulation of India’s climate change policy. As an expert member in more than 30 committees of the Indian government, his contribution to the policies formulated by various ministries has been path-breaking.

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Updated On : 27th Apr, 2018
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