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December 11 Valedictory, 2015
India’s INDC is prepared in a balanced and comprehensive manner to reflect all issues of
mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer and capacity building while simultaneously endeavoring to meet all the developmental challenges that the country faces today.
Activities at India Pavilion on December 07, 2015, Le Bourget, Paris
400-500 people visited India Pavilion including Mr. Nick Hurd, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DFID, Government of United Kingdom, Members of Parliaments, Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Mr. Manoj Pandian, Mr. Midhum Reddy, Mrs Vandana Chavan, Mr. Nagendra Pradhan, Mr. J.D. Seelam and Dr. Antonio Pfluger, Head, Climate Change Division, International Environment and Policy, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
The Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sh. Prakash Javadekar, released the book, “Indian Long Term Ecological Observatory” and the brochure, “Climate Friendly Lifestyles Practices in India”. The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sh. Ashok Lavasa and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sh. Susheel Kumar, were present.
In the first session held today at the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit, hosted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, several eminent panelists gathered to deliberate upon the ‘Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Initiatives of the Government of India to address Climate Change Adaptation’. Hosted by the Ministry of Water Resources, the session focused on the impact of climate change on water resources and initiatives of the Government of India to address climate change adaptation. The Key speakers at the event included Mr. B. Rajender, Joint Secretary (Policy & Planning), Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. M. Satyanarayana, Advisor (C&M/NVM), National Water Mission; Mr. Vaibhav Chaurvedi, Council On Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Mr. Ashwin C. Shroff, National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership, and Mr. Damandeep Singh, CDP. Water resources have been identified as the most critical component of life support system. In India, the adaptation strategies for the water sector focus on enhancing efficient use of water, ensuring access and tackling the adverse impact of Climate Change. The objective of the National Water Mission (NWM) is conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution, both across and within states, through integrated water resources development and management.
Identifying the problem areas in water resource management, Dr. M. Satyanarayana, Advisor (C&M/NVM), National Water Mission, said at the session: “The major challenges for water management in India is water security, enhancing irrigation potential, bridging the gap between IPC & IPU, sustainable ground water management, flood management/flood forecasting, drought proofing, conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water, adaptation and mitigation measures in the face of climate change, enhancing water use efficiency and water conservation, participatory water resources management and recycling and reuse of waste water resources.”
According to him, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the approaches towards mitigating the challenges. “The approach we have taken is to have definite targets for recycling and reusing of water by the Indian industry to move in conformity with international standards. We need to have a renewed focus on non-structural mechanisms for flood management and vastly improved systems of water related data collection and management. Also required is the need for transparency in the availability of data and a new legal and institutional framework for water based on broader consensus among the states,” he added.
Elaborating on river basin water resources, Mr Vaibhav Chaturvedi, CEEW, said, “India is doing capacity building for adaptation. The broad aspiration is to develop a process for the development of river basin water resources and management plans based on an integrated water resources modelling framework. Also, to consider the impact of climate change and protection of the environment.”
The Government of India is also looking into strengthening of existing flood management mechanisms. The total flood prone area in the country is about 45.54 million hectare. Further, measures are also being taken to tackle the depleting groundwater resources and replenish them through the active promotion of rain water harvesting. Another notable measure is the National River Conservation Directorate for conservation of rivers, lakes, and wetlands in the country. This initiative will cover 40 rivers, 190 towns spread over 20 states.
In the second session jointly hosted by GIZ and DFID, the discussion focused on India’s domestic actions on climate change adaptation and its operationalization. Opening the session, Mr. Sanjiv Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, “Countries, if they come together, there can be very fruitful technology exchanges as well as experience sharing. It has the potential of resulting in a win-win situation for all. As the carbon space is very limited, everyone has to take common but differentiated responsibility”.
The key note address was delivered by Mr. Nick Hurd, Parliamentary Under Secretary of state at the Department for International Development, Govt. of UK. He said, “We must engage the people in the conversation and action on climate change. We have a common responsibility. Climate action has been central to reduction of poverty. It requires real collaboration and action among countries. Glad that India and UK have come together. We are deeply committed to deal with the inevitable impact of climate change.” He also gave away the awards to the youth winners of Sustainable solution for climate competition.
In the following technical session, Dr S. Satapathy, Director, MoEF&CC elaborated on Government of India’s initiatives at national and subnational level and appreciated the bilateral support provided by GIZ, UNDP and DFID in formulation and implementation of state action plans on climate change. Further, states of Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Tamil Nadu highlighted the efforts taken by the state governments in the preparation of SAPCCs, the state’s climate change vulnerabilities, their prioritized adaption/mitigation initiatives. The states also discussed institutional participation and sectoral examples/implementation experience of tackling climate change.
In the second part of the technical session, support given by NABARD, GIZ and DFID was discussed by eminent panelists, which included Mr. HK Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD, Mr. K Palaniswamy, DGM, NABARD, Ms. Vera Scholz, Director, Division of Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure, GIZ, Ms. Frances Hooper, First Secretary, Energy Climate and Growth Unit, British High Commission, India and Mr. Kit Nicholson, Climate Expert, DFID-CCIP Programme.
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