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

Side Event on Implementation of SAPCC: Creating Enabling Conditions for State Level Actions Session 2, 11 Nov 2016, Hosted by GIZ India

Climate Change impacts affect development opportunities in developing countries like India. Addressing climate change thus requires a shift in the development pathways that promotes climate-resilient development path along with low carbon economy. This was the key message from the side event hosted by GIZ India at CoP 22 India Pavilion on 11 November 2016 with the objective to share experiences related to institutional and policy drivers for promoting State level actions on climate change towards implementation of SAPCC in India. The session was organized in partnership with MoEF&CC that witnessed participation from Department of Science & Technology, Representatives of State governments of Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and UT of Chandigarh along with NABARD and various thematic experts

India released its National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008 that outlines a national strategy to enable the country adapt to climate change and enhance the ecological sustainability of India’s development path through 8 National Missions with focus on water, habitat, Himalayan ecosystem, forestry, agriculture, energy and strengthening the scientific knowledge on climate change. Subsequently, all States/Union Territories have also developed their respective State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs), as an important vehicle to create enabling environment for addressing state specific priority issues related to climate change.

Highlighting its State level actions, UP presented its initiative towards afforestation/ afforestation highlighting adaptation and mitigation co-benefits in terms of water-soil conservation benefits and carbon sequestration benefits respectively. Honorable Minister Mr. Yasar Sah emphasized on the need for concerted efforts to tackle growing pollution and addressing climate change . State of Himachal Pradesh—one of the Himalayan States- highlighted its initiatives towards making making state carbon neutral by 2020, green eco-tourism, organic farming policy and setting up institutional mechanism for capacity development on climate change in the State. Continuing the State level initiatives towards low carbon economy, UT of Chandigarh presented initiative to develop city of Chandigarh as Model Solar City with support from India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Gujarat while highlighting key climate change challenges facing the state presented key initiatives towards low carbon economy related solar energy (Asia’s first solar park with capacity of 345 MW), wind energy (installed capacity of 35000 MW), bio-energy power generation and energy conservation with focus on reducing transmission losses, smart street lighting, and installing LED tube lights in schools. On adaptation initiatives, Gujarat highlighted efforts towards developing early-warning systems, capacity-building among healthcare professionals, and resilient building among tribal communities.

In order to scale of efforts with cross sectoral linkages and further enhance ambitions of SAPCCs, GIZ India presented key enabling conditions with focus on need for innovative mechanisms to mobilize climate finance (including private sector), understanding technology needs to aid to adaptation, generating evidence at the local level on vulnerability & climate risk, mainstreaming climate change in local development plans and leveraging on exiting development and social protection programmes for scaling up along with effective knowledge management and outreach with number of stakeholders.

Department of Science & Technology, highlighted its efforts towards setting up of State CC Cells as part of NMSKCC and NMSHE and subsequently adding to creating enabling condition through capacity building and vulnerability & risk assessment at district & sub-district levels.

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