Activities at India Pavilion on December 09, 2015, Le Bourget, Paris
The India Pavilion today, at the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit, hosted eminent panelists to discuss ‘Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas & other Sectors’.
The inaugural address at the session was delivered by Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, who said, “India’s integrated coastal management is critical to combatting climate change. Under a 200.91€ million project, we mapped every inch of India’s coastal areas and integral ecosystems along with coastlines with help from Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM). Our mandate is to preserve marine ecology and to build resilience on our coastlines because we have suffered tsunamis and cyclones on our coast. But now, with alerts and scientific systems we can prevent damages to life and property to a minimum.”
The session was also attended by the Minister for Environment, Gov. of Bangladesh, Mr Mansoor Anwar, who appreciated the bilateral cooperation between India and Bangladesh, specifically with respect to the shared mangroves of Sundarbans. Shri Javadekar said, “Bangladesh and India are working on joint management of the ecosystem in Sundarbans to preserve it and make it a better place. A joint management plan will soon be operationalised.”
Elaborating the need for integrated coastal management, Mr Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, said, “The Government of India has taken a number of initiatives to see that our coasts are preserved and whatever development takes place, does so in a regulated and sustainable manner. In fact, India is one of the first countries to have a law to regulate the coastal zones. We have also mapped the entire coastline of India. As with the rest of the world our coasts have proved to be an extremely potent asset for economic development and the effort is that as we preserve our bio diversity, we have to ensure that the people living in and around the coasts also develop in a sustainable fashion, utilising the asset that exists.”
The two ministers released a short documentary film titled “The Living Coast” on the impact of climate change on coastal area and communities entitled.
The next session of the day was a release of the report ‘India State of Forest Report 2015’ and a booklet on ‘Low Carbon Lifestyle’ by Shri Prakash Javadekar. The Hon’ble Minister said, “The increase in the carbon stock is an assurance to the negotiators at COP 21 that India remains committed to increase the carbon sink. This is also in line with our INDC targets that envisages creation of additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3.0 billion tonnes of CO2.” The Report is the 14th in the series and is based on interpretation of LISS III sensor data of indigenous Resource sat – II satellite. The satellite data interpretation is followed by extensive and rigorous ground truthing.
This third session was on ‘Climate Risk and adaptation’ focussing on global climate change risk assessment, comparing the risks India faces with other countries, the composite adaptation efforts already underway in India across sectors, and the adaptation funding needs and technology gaps. The participants were from organizations like Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute, and Development Alternatives.
The fourth session of the day focused on how different initiatives are addressing climate change in Himalayan Ecosystems.
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in association with International Centre for mountain Development (ICIMOD) organised a side event on “Addressing Climate Change in Himalayan Ecosystem” at the Indian Pavilion in CoP- 21. Dr. Ashwani Kumar, DG ICFRE chaired the session and talked about the significance of Himalayas in context of Climate Change. Dr. David Molden DG ICIMOD made presentation on significance of cooperation programmes in the region with particular emphasis on early warning systems. Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, from DST spoke about National Mission on Sustainable Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) programme. Mr. Eric Nanchan from Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) talked about Swiss aid in the region and finally Dr. Ajay Lal from Himachal Pradesh spoke about NMSHE initiative in HP. Dr. T.P. Singh, ADG, ICFRE anchored the side event, which was attended by delegates from around 10 countries.
400-500 people visited India Pavilion today including, Hon’ble Minister of Environment and Forest, Gov. of Bangladesh, Shri Anwar Hussain Manju, Hon’ble Minister for Energy, Mining, Water and Environment, Morocco, Sh. Abdelkader Aamara and Members of Parliament, Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Mr. Manoj Pandian, Mr. Midhum Reddy, Mr. Nagendra Pradhan and Mr. J.D. Seelam
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