Ahead of India’s Ratification of Paris Agreement, Deliberation Examines State Strategies for Climate Actions

Sep 27, 2016

Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP India speaks at the inaugural workshop of ‘Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions’ held on 27 September, 2016 in New Delhi

As India would shortly ratify the Paris Agreement, a deliberation in New Delhi organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change focused on supporting state governments across the country in adopting climate change measures in key priority areas of water, forestry, disaster management and energy.

The workshop was preceded by the formal launch event of the project “Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions” initiated under the partnership of MoEFCC, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Under the collaboration, SDC would be financing UNDP towards supporting the state governments of Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh for the implementation of their State Action Plan on Climate Change. The project is for three years with an overall goal of increasing resilience of communities in the three states to climate change impacts.

The project was jointly launched by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan and Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP-India.

Integrating climate change actions into sub national planning will benefit local communities in India. The partnership aims to strengthen capacities of state level departments and relevant institutions to plan and undertake specific interventions in climate sensitive sectors impacting large sections of vulnerable communities. Key interventions include mobilizing technical expertise, capacity building of resource persons/institutions, and implementation of knowledge sharing strategies.

Fewer countries are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change as India is with its vast population that is dependent on the growth of its agrarian economy, its expansive semi-arid area and the Himalayan region and islands.

Commending India’ for its efforts to address climate change, Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP said, “India is well ahead of the curve and has taken significant steps to reduce the impacts of climate change while simultaneously addressing developmental challenges.”

Mr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan while lauding the efforts of the Government of India in addressing climate change, also expressed his happiness that Switzerland is partnering with the Government of India on this important issue. 

The larger programme of UNDP aims to build synergies between the national and state level priorities to ensure that the country level objectives on climate change mitigation and adaptation are met. In partnership with the Government of India, UNDP has supported nine states/UTs (Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Andaman Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Kerala) in preparation of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) which illustrates strategies to minimize impacts of climate change. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has been funding adaptation and mitigation actions since 2008 that address the global challenge of climate change under its Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC). It has traditionally been active in the semi-arid and mountainous regions of India with the result that rich experiences from the ground and in policy engagement with the governments across levels have been harvested

Representatives from MoEFCC, SDC, UNDP, State Nodal Agencies on climate change and sectoral departments from 3 States, Civil society organizations, academic & research institutions, Multilateral and Bilateral Organizations participated in the meeting.

The workshop was chaired by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change.

Contact Persons: 

Mr. Anand Kumar
National Project Manager, UNDP
+91 9899882390

Mr. Manish Mohandas
Programme Officer, SDC
+91 9015511654

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