State action plan on climate change launched in Assam

GUWAHATI: The Assam State Action Plan on Climate Change (ASAPCC) was formally launched in the city on Friday to fight the ill effects of climate change.

It is part of the Centre’s initiative to implement state-level action plan on climate change which was approved by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change in October 2015.

Assam MP from Kaliabor and AICC spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said the SAPCC would be of immense help to the state.

“Assam is plagued by the twin extremes of monsoon fury and draught-like circumstances during the harvest season. So SAPCC is an appropriate effort to mitigate challenge of climate change and to ensure rural economic development,” said Gogoi.

SAPCC’s launch was jointly organized by the state department of environment and forest and the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change along with Climate Change Innovation Programme of the Department for International Development, UK.

The state had already overcome economic and social challenges since 2001, so it was better placed to surge the momentum ahead, he added.

He told stakeholders that the state action plan should not be confined to Assam. It should join hands with the neighbouring states and countries to access and share data on water precipitation pattern.

Hugh Walker, head of Asia Regional Team, Department for International Development (DFID), UK, assured of all future cooperation and technical assistance towards the state’s effort to mitigate climate change.

Assam chief secretary VK Pipersenia was also present on the occasion and said Assam, being a hotspot region of ecological biodiversity, was the most vulnerable state to climatic changes.

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