G Dhanapal

Consultant – Practice | dhanapalg at iihs dot ac dot in

2004    MSc, Environment Management, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
2002    BSc, Physics, Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu


Countries: India, Indonesia
States: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh
Cities: Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajkot
Languages: English and Hindi

Dhanapal has worked on several projects on ecology, environmental planning, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in urban as well as rural areas in India. He has published several research articles and blogs on these topics. His current research interests and work at IIHS focus on climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, and use of geospatial tools for urban planning and development.


Dhanapal also has several years of experience in programme management. He has successfully coordinated a UNDP support project on building capacities of Indian and State Civil Service officers on climate change and environmental issues. He worked closely with the Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration and 16 State Administrative Training Institutes on this project. He has also organised 12 workshops involving international organisations, the government of India and State governments. While working in Chhattisgarh on a DFID support project on the implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change, he played a key role in setting up of State Centre for Climate Change and designing its research and training programmes.


Dhanapal’s other core skill is Ecology and Forest Management. He has worked for several years on tiger conservation, tribal livelihood development and forest management in territorial divisions in several States. He worked as a consultant for the World Resources Institute and helped identify spatial landscape restoration opportunities at national and landscape levels in India, and develop an Integrated Forest Management Toolbox for developing Forest Working Plans for Sustainable Forest Management.


He has a Master’s degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His preferred hobbies are trekking and when time permits, reading non-fiction books.

Practice Projects at IIHS:

Oct, 2017- Jan, 2018
  1. Urban resilience baseline study and Digital Data Platform
  2. Understand the Migration, Livelihood Trajectories and Climate Resilience: for Coimbatore city funded by SDC and
  3. Study on Participatory Forest Management in Himachal Pradesh under Forest for Prosperity Project funded by World Bank

Journal Articles

  • Dhanapal, G. (2014). Climate adaptation in India. Nature Climate Change, 4, pp. 232–233
  • Dhanapal, G. (2014). Climate change vulnerability assessment: Gaps and challenges. Economic and Political Weekly, 49,26-27, pp. 32-34
  • Dhanapal, G. (2014).  Urban green spaces planning for climate adaptation in Indian Cities. Urban Climate, 10, 1, pp. 35–41
  • Ramachandra, T., Joshi, N., Rao, G., Dhanapal, G., Gururaja, K., & Yadav, A. (2014). Ecological status of three micro watersheds in western Himalaya. Indian Forester, 140(4), 331-347.
  • Dhanpal, G. (2012). GIS based environment and ecological planning for sustainable development. Geospatial world, 8(3).


Books/ Book Chapters

  • Dhanapal, G. (2015). Financing climate adaptation and mitigation in India. In W. L. Filho (Ed.), Handbook of climate change adaptation (pp. 1007-1021). Springer publications


Other Writing

  • Dhanpal, G. (2013, April 25). Carbon tax: revenue for investment in low carbon growth, Deccan Herald.
  • Dhanpal, G. (2013) Tier II cities need mass transport, Deccan Herald.
  • Dhanpal, G. (2013, November 30). How clean is green energy, Down to Earth. Retrieved from http://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/how-clean-is-green-42709


Public Intellectual Writing

  • Integrated approach to Environmental Sustainability a must for pursuing industrial growth , In Sustainability Outlook ( blog)
  • Financing Renewable Energy in India. Stakeholder Outreach Magazine (blog)
  • Imbibing biodiversity as corporate value among Indian Business. Sustainability Outlook (blog)
  • Eco-cities for India. Sustainability Outlook (blog)
2016 One of Key speaker on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction workshop held on 22-23 October 2016 at Chhattisgarh Academy of Administration.
2012 A GIS based framework for Planning and Evaluating Sustainable Urban Green Spaces, at the 3rd International Conference on Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change,