Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 22-October, 2008 19:25 IST
Impact of Climate Change and National Action Plan on Climate Change
Lok Sabha

The vulnerability assessment and adaptation studies of climate change have been made in various areas such as water resources, agriculture, forests, natural eco-systems, coastal zones, health energy and infrastructure .This has been carried out as a part of the Initial National Communication of India to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);

Further, the Expert Committee on Impact of Climate Change set up by the Ministry of Environment & Forests in June 2007 assessed the impact of climate change on six areas, namely water resources, agriculture, Natural Eco-system, Health, Coastal Zone Management and Climate modeling. Reports of the Expert Committee in these areas have been prepared.

Besides, a range of policies and programmes have been initiated to address the problem of climate change in the context of sustainable development, such as:

o ensuring energy conservation and improved energy efficiency in various sectors as well as setting up of Bureau of Energy Efficiency

o promoting use of renewable energy

o power sector reforms and active renewable energy programme

o use of cleaner and lesser carbon intensive fuel for transport

o fuel switching to cleaner energy

o afforestation and conservation of forests

o promotion of clean coal technologies

o reduction of gas flaring

o encouraging Mass Rapid Transport systems

o environmental quality management for all sectors

India released the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) on 30th June 2008 to outline its strategy to meet the challenge of Climate Change.

The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was released by the Prime Minister on 30th June 2008.It outlines a national strategy that aims to enable the country adapt to climate change and enhances the ecological sustainability of India’s development path. It stresses that maintaining a high growth rate is essential for increasing living standards of the vast majority of people of India and reducing their vulnerability of the impacts of climate change.

Eight National Missions, form the core of the National Action Plan, representing multi-pronged, long term and integrate strategies for achieving key goals in the context of climate change. These Missions are National Solar Mission, National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, National Mission on Sustainable Habitat, National Water Mission, National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco-system, National Mission for a Green India, National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture and National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change. The National Missions are to be institutionalized by the respective Ministries and will be organized through inter-sectoral groups.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Shri Namo Narain Meena in a reply to a question by S/Shri Hansraj G. Ahir, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and C.K. Chandrappan in Lok Sabha.

(Release ID :44098)