Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka
Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka is an 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 experience, contributing to climate change, environment, energy and developmental aspects. Since childhood, he was inspired by nature and environment. Studied double Master of Sciences - in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and also Geography. For his Ph.D. pursued “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Studies of the Polluted Water at Patancheru Industrial Area, Medak Dist., A.P., INDIA”. Which is 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 Ph.D. 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.
He is into research and development of technologies for adoption by communities to mitigate climate change, environmental and geoecological degradation, etc. 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. To broaden the use of Biochar for various purposes coined the term "Biocharculture." The tribal's living in the forests, poor, landless and small farmers are the primary stakeholders, by using good stoves and biochar they are contributing to climate change mitigation, improvement in health, biomass conservation, etc.
He believes in Participatory Technology Development and facilitation involving all the stakeholders which are the means of achieving the goals.
He is presently the team leader for the project: Developing Climate Change Scenarios for Agriculture of Afghanistan, A UNDP-supported project of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
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 Norwegian Government and coordinated by Bioforsk. This project was to improve the water use efficiency, increase agriculture 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.
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 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.