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Subhashree Mishra

Dec 22, 2014
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Thanks for your proposal! I think this is a great way to reach people. Do you know how to identify and reach local radio channels that are willing to work with members of this team? Do you anticipate challenges to running a long term program on the radio like access to reliable data and the availability of a local radio host who has a basic understanding of climate change?

Venkatesh R

Dec 22, 2014
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There are some application that can list the radio stations, for e.g we can list the radio station country based http://radio-locator.com/ then we can contact them through their site and look if the are interested. We can target the radio stations around the Pamir mountain ranges i mean the countries. Probably we can have an interview with the expert, let the radio programmer ask the questions and get the answers, if we can have some agricultural students as the radio programmer it would be better.Probably we need check about this in colleges.

Venkatesh R

Dec 23, 2014
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This is related to India http://wdfindia.org/jockey.htm if we can get some students interested in this area/subject we can use them as radio programmer in these areas. Probably we can use this approach in other countries as well.

Venkatesh R

Dec 23, 2014
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Some more info http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-downtown/radio-jockey-for-farmers/article4959252.ece

Venkatesh R

Dec 23, 2014
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Shree, regarding your second question, i feel it would be better to have a short program initially then we can have it long term course. Initially we may need some advertisement about this program, its benefits by forecasting the future, after gaining the attention we can have a short program and we need to take feedback periodically. We need to see how well people,react to the programs! I think we can have some radio programmer with a basic knowledge of climates or something like a call center the team can provide the data so they need be expertise. Any way the major issues will be addressed by Subject matter expertise during the interview. The radio programmer can have basic skills like ability to contact the team through online/email, should be able to convey the question in English and should be able to convey the answers in local language. This is related to India http://wdfindia.org/jockey.htm they have trained people with basic education as radio jockey, probably this kind of organization would be able to help or at least we can get a reference who can train them in the nearby Pamir region. if we can get some passionate students or the local people it would be better, if they have an agricultural degree, or pursuing one they can do it as a part time as well.

Venkatesh R

Dec 30, 2014
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Shree, BBC is present in both Afg and Kyg so we can use them. Probably they can be the best choice and they seem to operate in multiple languages. There are government operated radio as well in this region. Probably we need to raise the query to them about the team's program through their website. Please ref below list: Radios operating in Asia http://radiostationworld.com/asia.aspx Radios operating in Afghanistan:http://radiostationworld.com/Locations/Afghanistan/ Afghanistan BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/pashto Radios operating in Kyrgyzstan http://radiostationworld.com/Locations/Kyrgyzstan/ http://radiostationworld.com/Locations/Kyrgyzstan/radio_websites.asp BBC Kyrgyzstan http://www.bbc.co.uk/kyrgyz I feel its better to have students / students with agricultural background so they may able to co-relate the agriculture and climate change. As agriculture is the future of these countries, probably target the students as radio programmer.

Natasha Udu-gama

Dec 31, 2014
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Hi vramanu! Thank you for your responses. Would you mind updating your proposals to capture your responses to Shree?

Morgan Ruelle

Dec 31, 2014
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Hi vramanu! Thanks again for your proposal and I agree with Shree and Natasha that the use of radio programs is a great idea. I have seen agriculture-related TV and radio programs used to great effect in other places. While I certainly see the significance for climate adaptation in general, I'm less clear as to how this builds on calendars of the human body. One of the reasons the calendars were so useful is that the planting and harvesting times are different in each valley, as well as at different elevations within each valley - we're talking about an extremely rugged landscape. I wonder how a radio program might account for so much variability, because I assume it would be broadcast to farmers/pastoralists experiencing quite different conditions. Another thought: have you thought about a call-in format so that farmers could report their observations on the air? Do you think it might be helpful to have two-way communication between the show hosts and farmers, as well as between farmers? I find that farmers are more likely to take advice from other farmers rather than 'authorities' who often have less practical experience. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to seeing how this proposal develops!

Venkatesh R

Jan 1, 2015
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@natashau, i have updated the proposal @morganr yes once in a week,there should be an interview from a farmer as a special guest and let them be interviewed by the programmer or local students. It should cover their experience, how they won the problems, what problem they have, suggestion to other farmers and how the program can be improved, and how it has improved their life. This is just to keep them motivated and to show our concern for agriculture. The team should develops a rapport with farmer. Moreover when we are trying such programs, we need to evaluate by the feedback of the audience, it should be two way communication. We need to use the students to conduct the interview, as the farmers may not come and give the interviews, so we can just broad cast a recorded media in such cases and the students will receive a social credit points from the university. As there are many regions, probably 1)we can target each location each week. Or 2)we can have a schedule for each region which ever is applicable. Or 3)we can have 3 radio stations(from out skirts of Afghanistan,Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan) dividing the area coverage with in them. One question to the team : One of the Key points that needs to be considered in the calendar, in the current time is Man made products! If we see the entire calendar it is a relationship between human organs, climate and other life forms (animals/crops) they all are tied with a common thing called heat. When this calendar was designed probably we didn't have any machines and industries. They too release absorb heat, though may not be in this region, but when we consider the earth as such, we cannot avoid these. Probably a delta amount of time needs to be added to calendar that covers the machines and industries. and more over, plants and trees as major heat consumer (absorbs co2) when we lay roads/ build industries we are destroying them, so the absorption population are reduced and we are increasing the emitting populations by many folds, so this is one of the key points to be considered while updating the calendar, it seems that this point was not considered! this change, can make a difference in climate and the seasons may change or get overlapped. Is there a way to consider this point ?

Venkatesh R

Jan 1, 2015
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@morgan if you can tell me approx, how many valleys and different elevations are there i can think more about it, if there is any alternative. so the calendar has a mapping between organ system and elevation?

Subhashree Mishra

Jan 1, 2015
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Vramanu, Thank you so much for your contributions and for answering all my questions. I am sorry I have been traveling and did not see your comments earlier. Your concern about the change in climate based on industrialization can be addressed by using climate projections from Global Climate Models that take into account some of the human activity induced changes you talked about. However, these changes will not only be a function of human activities locally in the Pamir valleys but also activities around the globe like increasing carbon pollution and industrialization in Asia. These challenges can be addressed by using dynamic calendars that can adapt to changes in the local environment.

Venkatesh R

Jan 2, 2015
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Thanks Shree, for a detailed explanation.

Morgan Ruelle

Jan 2, 2015
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Dear vramanu, If you look at our paper (http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/jps/2011/00000004/00000002/art00003) you will see that we have identified seventeen distinct calendars from seven ethnic communities living in at least 10 different river valleys, but of course there are many ways to count valleys. There is a full table with elevations in the paper. It is open access so you should be able to download it for free. I think it is important to consider the impacts of industrialization on climate change, but as Shree pointed out, this is for the most part an indirect effect in the Pamirs. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, most Pamiris returned to farming and pastoralism as a way of life, and there is relatively little industrial activity. I like the ideas you are developing as to the format of the radio program. I think you would need to talk to farmers from each region each week in order to collect enough data to detect seasonal changes. For now I think you can focus on the Pamirs in Afghanistan and Tajikistan because we don't know of calendars from Kyrgyzstan. I am hoping you can be more specific as to how you will incorporate the calendars. Can you provide more detail in the proposal after you have looked at the paper? Glad to see this moving forward!

Venkatesh R

Jan 3, 2015
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Hi Morgan, I have updated the proposal with the details in the reference section. I have created a mind map for having clarity, you can provide your views. you can check the same in http://vramanu.blogspot.in/?view=sidebar#!/2015/01/mind-map-radio-program-pamir-region.html venkat

Morgan Ruelle

Jan 10, 2015
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Hi vramanu - the mind map is awesome! As a next step, I think there is a lot of detail in the mind map that isn't yet captured in your proposal, particularly the links between the calendars of the human body and the content of the radio programs. Can you add an explanation of how the two are linked and provide an example?

Venkatesh R

Jan 11, 2015
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Hi morganr, i have updated the the Timeline section of the proposal, there a session in the radio program season-organ mapping, this session should cover the details, its length can vary up to 2 to 4 sessions based on the length of the season. you can find the detailed explanation http://vramanu.blogspot.in/2015/01/radio-program-content.html i have updated the Timeline section as well with this link. venkat

Morgan Ruelle

Mar 4, 2015
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Hi Venkat, I wanted to let you know that Climate CoLab as expanded the 'Summary' field to 4000 characters so that you can incorporate some of these elements into your proposal. I hope that helps! Best, Morgan

Gabriel Harp

Mar 31, 2015
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Great proposal! I really like how many of the pieces and actors involved are assembled. Do you see any issue with the availability of radio signal in remote areas? Would an alternative opportunity be a portable program (like a recorded show on tape) that could visit and be "passed off" from village to village or from pastoralist to pastoralist?

Venkatesh R

Apr 1, 2015
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Yes, we can use the portable medias as well, probably we can have a weekly session in a common gathering place like temple/church/colleges/school. so they can assemble over there and same program can be conducted using recorded media. The advantage of radio, is they can attend the program from any where. The medium of communication can be changed based on the feasibility.

Natasha Udu-gama

Apr 17, 2015
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Hi Venkat, 29 days until this contest ends! At this point, I would encourage you to start fine-tuning your proposal. We now have an amazing set of judges from the National Consortium for Atmospheric Research (Dr. Greg Holland), The University of Maryland (Dr. Surya Sharma), College of the Atlantic (Dr. Doreen Stabinsky) and The Lowlander Center (Dr. Kristina Peterson) not to mention, our two esteemed advisors. Please see: https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1301102. I hope your proposal will wow them! Best of luck! Natasha

Morgan Ruelle

Apr 26, 2015
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20 days left to iron out your proposal! Don’t forget to share with your networks to maximize discussion before the deadline! Click on "Share conversation" at the top of this page!

Morgan Ruelle

May 1, 2015
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Morgan Ruelle

May 13, 2015
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3 days left until the judges will read through your proposal! Take this chance to invite others to weigh-in and ensure your proposal is as comprehensive and accurate as possible! Now is the time to make any last minute changes!

Venkatesh R

May 14, 2015
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The media for this idea can be changed, based on the region, and if the concept can be combined with other ideas, i am glad to see that, just hoping to see an productive idea, that benefits the people.

Venkatesh R

May 18, 2015
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One of the important takeaway from this idea, is to raise a generation of students so that they can serve as an future. Not only for pamir region, it is for future expansion of agricultural. Still there are regions where internet and mobile phones are yet to reach or better yet to be understandable. Television, radio, news paper are already established medium, so probably they can be used to convey the message, in local languages, using the students. Success of communication depends on the audience, we need to convey the information what is required!

Venkatesh R

May 31, 2015
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If Mixed Mode of Agriculture is possible, we can try out those as an additional options, where a variety of crops can be grown. Check out this video http://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/save-the-seeds-movement/ https://vimeo.com/126110309

Venkatesh R

Jun 6, 2015
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Hi Morgan/ Shree / Natashau Can you let check and let me know what the judges means "The proposal does not address, at least adequately, the issues of the resources that the farmers currently use" in the evaluation tab, as per my understanding they are using calendars for agricultural, but they are facing climate changes, unpredicted rain floods at times, miss out the harvest dates etc right? are we on same track ? Thanks Venkatesh

Morgan Ruelle

Jun 12, 2015
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Hi Venkatesh, Please see my comments on the 'Evaluation' tab. Thank you! Morgan

Venkatesh R

Jun 12, 2015
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I have updated the proposal description section please check. Thanks Venkatesh

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