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Session 2, Day 5, COP 22 – The India Pavilion

Day 5: 11th November, 2016

India Pavilion organized two session on Day 4 under thematic area Implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change. Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Minister Nigeria visited the India Pavilion and congratulated Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the setting up high end technology driven India Pavilion. Hon’ble Minister Water Conservation and Protocol, Shri. Ram Shinde Govt. of Maharashtra and Hon’ble Minister of UP Mr. Yasar Sah also visited the India Pavilion and attended the sessions held today at India Pavilion.

First session was hosted by UNDP on Innovations to enhance climate actions at sub-national levels. Dr. Preeti Soni, Assistant Country Director, UNDP-India highlighted the importance of the innovations to enhance climate actions at sub national level which means using resources optimally and efficiently, and acting creatively for successful implementation of SAPCC. It is informed that states have established institutional mechanisms and begun implementation in focus sectors. States are adopting policies and incentives encouraging low-emission and climate-resilient infrastructure serving as “innovation labs” for climate action. Highlighting the state initiatives Maharashtra, presented the outcomes of green initiatives opted by the states for changing it from drought state village to water saturated villages. They informed that their “JALYUKT SHIVAR PROJECT” covers 5000 villages to make them self-resilient water villages. Meghalaya informed how change in land use land cover pattern and climate change disturbed their water bodies and nearly more than 50% of their water springs are dried up.

The state of Manipur highlighted the problems related to urbanization and how their dependence on monsoon have increased due to climate change. Many steps have been taken by Government of Manipur, one of them is there project on “Model carbon positive eco-village in Phayeng sanctioned by National Adaptation Fund. They have also trained and developed capacity building of 500 farmers in sustainable agriculture practices. Bihar informed their policy regarding the restriction of the use of Plastic bottles. Bihar’s two pronged, low investment intervention aimed at public participation towards mitigation of CO2 emissions.

Puducherry informed about their initiatives of Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies & Ongoing and proposed schemes.

Shri. RR Rashmi, Spl Secretary, MoEFCC gave keynote address highlighting the evolutionary concept of National Missions of National Action Plan on Climate Change which was conceptualized in way that 5 missions are on adaptation and 3 mission on mitigation which requires great level of state involvement. He emphasized the need to preserve & scale up the resources which are depleting at faster rate. He highlighted the fact that during the preparation of SAPCC there was lack of scientific assessment capabilities at State Level. He also requested States to identify critical gap in their SAPCCs and prepare projects for different financial mechanism to implement their SAPCC.

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