Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka
Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka is an International Environment and Development professional. He is an ardent campaigner of 'Open Knowledge,' and he is against patenting technologies meant for the common people. He is having over two decades of experience, contributing to the Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Energy, Agriculture, Water and developmental aspects. Studied double Master of Sciences - in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and also Geography. For his PhD pursued “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Studies of the Polluted Water at Patancheru Industrial Area, Medak Dist., A.P., INDIA”. Which was one of the most polluted industrial areas in Asia. Qualified the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India fellowship to do the PhD. He is also a qualified CDM / Lead Verifier, and a specialist of Information Visualization and Graphics, GIS / RS, ICTs, Information visualization and Participatory Monitoring tools.
Currently as Director, The Earth Center, Council for Green Revolution (CGR), Hyderabad, India. Conceptualised, and Contributed to the concept of Earth Centers, Geo Spirit meets, Earth Clubs for the emergence of Earth Leadership.
For Taru leading Edge as Climate and Disaster Resilience lead several projects. He was International senior disaster risk management specialist for the project ‘Conceptual Framework for Investment Funding Mechanisms and Institutional Set-up Options for a National Urban Flood Risk Investment Program for Indonesian Cities for World Bank. As team leader represented the project for UNDP India, on Study of existing schemes/program for Coastal areas and identification of institutions for networking opportunities under the GCF funded project on Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities. As team leader Conducting Vulnerability Assessment of India’s coastline (13 coastal states), and Development of a Decision Support Tool for Adaptation Planning with particular focus on Gender (UNDP, India). As team leader to mitigate the impact of tsunamis in the coastal areas by enhancing school preparedness. Raised awareness to more than 6000 students covering 12 schools on tsunami preparedness at coastal areas in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam Districts, Andhra Pradesh, India. Hazard Vulnerability Capacity and Risk Assessment of GIFT City, Gandhinagar, India for Development of Disaster Risk Management Plan (India)
Expert to the project - Climate risk assessments and adaptation planning for four Indian Ramsar sites that are the focus of the Technical Cooperation project Wetlands management for biodiversity and climate protection, being implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India in partnership with GIZ. The four Ramsar wetlands of international importance are Renuka Lake, Pong Dam Reservoir, Bhitarkanika Mangroves, and Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary. (ongoing)
He worked as team leader for several projects in Afghanistan for about three years, such as Developing Climate Change Scenarios for Agriculture of Afghanistan, A UNDP-supported project of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Multihazard assessment in Herat province, for IOM. Also many national-level programs.
He was Geoecologist / Consultant to NJS Consultants C0. Ltd, Japan (office at Hyderabad, India) - Hussain Sagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project. He was also the coordinator of ClimaAdapt Project, WALAMTARI, supported by the Norwegian Government and coordinated by Bioforsk. This project was to improve the water use efficiency, increase agricultural production and reduce emissions.
Implemented Good Stoves and Biochar Communities Project, supported by GoodPlanet.org, France. Research, Development, Design and Facilitation of Good Stoves, Biochar, and Charcoal Production technologies.
Has successfully led the project “Vulnerability Assessment and Enhancing Adaptation to climate change in semi-arid parts of Andhra Pradesh” - A national level project supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) with objects of Policy Advocacy, Improved Delivery Systems, and Implementation.
Also worked as the additional coordinator for the DFID funded the bilateral program with the government of Andhra Pradesh on “Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Programme, impacting 2,500 villages directly and the learnings were adopted as policy for Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Madhya Pradesh states. Poverty reduction strategy, Natural Resources Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and ICTs for development are the areas of contribution.
Worked on the issues of Join Forest Management in parts of Andhra Pradesh with 600 community forest management groups. Project supported by Hivos and NOVIB. Advisor and consultant to Van Dhan (77 projects) in Telangana State - Training of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) to gatherers (Tribal communities) of GCC Societies and providing them equipment kits for scientific gathering of MFP
While doing the Ph.D. lead the National Environmental Awareness Campaign Programme in Andhra Pradesh and the Karnataka States, supported by Ministry of Environment and Forests, GoI.
He is into research and development of technologies for adoption by communities to mitigate climate change, environmental and geoecological degradation, etc. Having more than 100 designs to his credit. One of the notable achievements is doing research and designing 50 'Good Stoves.' Another important area of contribution is on 'Biochar' - using charcoal produced from biomass for good. Introduced Biochar for the first time in India, now being followed by communities, institutions as a means of soil management and sustainable agriculture.
He believes in Participatory Technology Development and facilitation involving all the stakeholders which are the means of achieving the goals.
He has conducted studies on the disaster response and mitigation related to Earthquakes, Cyclones, and Floods. Supported social engineering aspect of the sustainability of Lift Irrigation Schemes and livelihoods in Andhra Pradesh State, covering about 1800 schemes and 1200 thousand acres of land.
He has core competencies in Project Management, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Documentation; Policy and Advocacy; Strategic Planning; Capacity Building; Research, Participatory Technology Development, Organisational / Community Development; and Sustainable Livelihoods through diversification and innovative Strategies.
Presently he is focussed on climate change, environment, good stoves, biochar production, water for irrigation and drinking, sustainable livelihoods, disaster mitigation, food security, energy, vulnerability and adaptation, and development areas. He also gives lectures at the Institutes and Universities as Guest faculty on the above aspects.