State officials oriented on climate change adaptation


Dimapur, August 9: An orientation programme on climate change adaptation for senior officials in Nagaland (Level 2) was held Wednesday at Hotel Vivor, Kohima. It was organised by Nagaland State Climate Change Cell (NSCCC) under the Nagaland Science &Technology Council (NASTEC), nodal department of Science & Technology, in collaboration with Climate Change Cells of the 12 Himalayan states.
Commissioner & Secretary, Dellirose M. Sakhire, IAS in her welcome address, pointed out that NSCCC which was established in April 2017 was set up under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE), and it is the 8th mission of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
She said that the key objectives of NSCCC is assessment of vulnerabilities and risks due to climate change in the state in selected sectors; institutional capacity building to attain the capacity to understand and handle climate change and to find solutions to address the problem of the climate change in the state; create climate change knowledge portal for strengthening of observation networks, data gathering and assimilation; creation of essential research infrastructure to enable access and sharing of computational and data resources; develop protocols for new knowledge creation and documenting emerging best practices as well as people’s perceptions on climate change and its impacts; and to establish a network for research collaboration with various stakeholders within and beyond the state.
Divya Mohan (IHCAP) in her brief remarks about IHCAP said that climate change is a growing concern for the world; it is impacting the natural resources, ecosystem and communities. She pointed that mountain regions are especially sensitive to climate change; it is complex and fragile, and to address the impact of climate change, the IHCAP has come forward with various ecosystem services.
Delivering the keynote address, Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy IAS said remarked that climate change is real and its evidences are everywhere – changes in weather patterns, changes in planting and harvest seasons, freaky rainfall patterns, and sometimes, unprecedented long dry spells, landslides, forest fires etc. He said that one of the biggest challenges that the state faces, being a mountainous and agrarian state, is impact on agriculture and infrastructure.
Brief overview of Nagaland State Action Plan on Climate (NSAPC) was presented by Chief Conservator of Forests & State Nodal officer for Climate Change, Supongnukshi IFoS. Other highlights of the programme were technical session on climate change science, climate change policies, and group activity on climate change adaptation which were presented by Dr Chubamenla Jamir (TERI School of Advanced Studies), and moderated by Divya Mohan (IHCAP); Dr. S. Satapathy (UNDP), moderated by Supongnukshi, IFoS, and NABCONS moderated by Group Activity of NABCONS. (Page News Service)