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Nagaland to draft SAPCC
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 18(NPN):
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Published on 19 Feb. 2011 12:33 AM IST
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Gearing up to respond to challenges of climate change, the state government under the aegis of the forest and environment department organized a daylong workshop to mark the inception of State Action Plan on Climatic Change (SAPCC) at ATI Kohima on Friday. The workshop was conducted as part of the exercise for preparation of SAPCC draft.
“It is a significant occasion as so many departments have come up to discuss climatic change and its effects,” Nagaland forest & environment minister M.C. Konyak said and expressed his optimism that the departments would incorporate it in their work plan and policies. He stated that climate change and its effects have already started to manifest itself “in our own backyard”.
Konyak exhorted the gathering to incorporate development policies of the government with policies that invested in sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, improve efforts at soil and water conservation, ecosystem services including and beyond carbon, encourage biodiversity based business and sustainable cities, buildings, construction and transport as the new engines for economic growth in the future.
While asserting that forest department currently acted only as the nodal department, the minister admitted that it could not handle the action plan all by itself.
“It is not a forestry problem or an environmental problem. It is everyone’s problem. It is not only a government assignment but a responsibility that we owe to our children and to humanity,” the minister added.
Chief secretary Nagaland, Lalthara, who also addressed the gathering termed the occasion as “very important”, and laid emphasis on the need to come up with a concrete state action plan.
Stating that theoretically, it was a possibility that that life on earth could be wiped out if people failed to address to the issue, Lalthara stressed on the need for people to change value system and lifestyle, citing examples of extravagant celebration of events or festival by burning fire crackers which on the other hand cause harmful effect to the ecosystem.
He also maintained that jhum cultivation was for livelihood but not so favourable for environment, adding “it will be very good” if people could induce simplistic way of life and concern inside.
Earlier, additional chief secretary and development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir while addressing the occasion on the topic “Climatic Change and Nagaland -Planning for the Future” said climatic change was real that people could not be compartmentalized.
He reminded that climate change does not limit to policy making in Kohima alone and stressed the need to diversify and make available funds even to the district and sub-divisional level in this regard. There has to be an active decentralization at the district level without which Nagaland will not move forward. Climatic change involves every aspect of life, he added.
Further, he pointed out the classic example of climatic change that the state has been experiencing - the 2005 landslide and cloud burst in Tuli followed by drought like situation in 2007, late monsoon in 2010 and the highest rainfall recorded in the same year so far.
On the health sector, he revealed that the NHAK has been reporting Malaria cases even at this time of the year (winter season) which in the past only occurred during summer only. Furthermore, Alemtemshi pointed out that as per the 2001 census, 76% of the main workforces in the state were dependent on agriculture, out of which 90% depended on the timely arrival of rainfall.
Making a startling revelation, Jamir also said that the centre had sanctioned some Rs. 17 crore following the drought like situation in the state but the same couldn’t be disbursed fully till date due to certain inter departmental conflict and questioned the preparedness of the state.
While expressing his unhappiness at the absence of the education department in the one day workshop, he said that the topic of climatic change should also be included in the school curriculum.
He also mooted whether in the twelve plan outlay, Nagaland should plan for urbanization and cited the example the implementation of NREGA in the state where the villagers uses bulldozers and not manual but there is no complaint from any quarter.
Sanjay Tomar from the German International Company (GIZ) which is helping the different state of the country in preparing SAPCC while exhorting on the activities of the GIZ also underscored the need for multi stake holders and multi departments’ involvement in dealing with climatic change. He said that the GIZ role is to provide technical support. He also reminded that the framework circulated by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Ecology is flexible and that it has to be articulated and adapted by the state. He further assured that the GIZ is committed to come out with the draft SAPCC for Nagaland before the end of March this year.
Several departments took part in the daylong workshop which had two working sessions where expert resource persons exhorted the workshop followed by group discussion and presentation of group works.

 
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