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Northeast to have a centre to study climate change
Guwahati, JUN 13 (AGENCIES):
Published on 14 Jun. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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A dedicated centre to study the impact of climate change in ecologically rich North-eastern region will soon come up at Northeast Hill University campus at Meghalaya capital Shillong.
The Union minister of state for environment and forest, Jairam Ramesh announced this here during the first consultation meet of Crore-National Mission for A Green India (NMGA) which was kicked off from here on Friday. The consultations regarding the Rs. 44, 000 crore NMGA will be held in seven more cities in a span of one month.
Ramesh said that the new centre to come at Shillong is expected to function in two to three months for which administrative approval has already been given.
“ The new centre will exclusively study the impact of climate change on Northeastern region’s biodiversity and adaptation of local communities to the changes,” he said.
He added that the Eastern Himalayan region, where Northeast also falls, has been less studied in comparison to the western Himalayan region.
He informed that by November this year the union ministry will come out with a comprehensive assessment on the impact of climate change in NE region, Himalayan region, Western Ghat and coastal region. The assessment is being carried by a network of 128 scientific organisations in agriculture, water, health and forest sectors.
Ramesh said he would also ask Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and Botanical Survey of India (BSI) to do more studies in Northeast along with marine biodiversity along the 7000 km-odd coastline in the country.
The NMGA is one of the eight national missions under National Action Plan on Climate Change announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in June, 2008. NMGA targeted 10 million hacter area under afforestation, eco-restoration and biodiversity conservation in next 10 years to enhance “carbon sequestration” of 43 million tons of carbon-dioxide annually in 2020.
Ramesh, however, said that NMGA should not be treated as purely an afforestation drive, rather an exercise in the direction of qualitative improvement of forest cover. The mission will cover grasslands, pastures, mangroves, wetlands and other critical ecosystems.

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