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Workshop on ‘Revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change’ held

Workshop on Revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change

Workshop on Revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change

Source : Imphal Free Press.

IMPHAL | Apr 2 : A one-day stakeholders’ workshop on ‘Revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC-Version 2)’ was held today at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal, organised by directorate of environment in collaboration with Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation and Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme. Director of directorate of environment, Y. Nabachandra Singh stated that SAPCC, formed in 2013, need to be revised by every states of the country as India ratified Paris agreement on October 2, 2016. He recalled that India is also a member of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that consists of 196 countries. He said “Including all these members a conference was held in 2015 on climate change and took a consensus termed as Paris Agreement. This agreement came into force in on November 4, 2016.” He informed that a mechanism called Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) was created in 2013 during Conference of Party 19 held at Warsaw. The main objective of INDC is to check whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement or not. However INDC was converted into Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Conference of Party 21. As per norms of NDC, flexibilities and freedom are given to countries while framing policies and programmes of mitigation, adaptation of climate change. Every country has to be submitted its NDC to UNFCCC and as a result to it SAPCC version 2 was held, he stated. He said the main target of the workshop is to create new SAPCC by revising the already existing SAPCC and putting some more input from different stakeholders, which will be effective during 2018-2023. A resource person, Anamika Barua gave a presentation on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in NER. Anamika stated that while making policies and programmes on climate change the policy should be framed on the basis of level of vulnerability as vulnerability differ from one place to another and definition of vulnerability differ from one place to other as well. She said that Eastern Himalayas do not contribute much in global warming issue but its impact reaches everywhere. Therefore the nation is focussing in these places as these regions are very fragile, weak infrastructure and higher concentration of poverty, she added. Another resource person, Prof. Rabindranath from IISC, Bangalore also stated that need of proper funding is highly needed to solve the problem of climate change. Changing the lifestyle and behaviour of the masses would also help in reducing carbon dioxide emission, he suggested. Prof. N. Rajmohun Singh, department of chemistry, Manipur University observed that forest department is trying to improve the ecological service system in terms of eco restoration and forest stock for long term management of forest resources. But due to lack of man power and capacity building, it will take time. However the department has already started programmes for protection of the villages like Khunjao village, kangkhui village and dailong village, he added.