The Arunachal Pradesh government announced Tuesday that it will implement a 26-year roadmap to minimise and mitigate the impact of climate change. The plan is titled “Climate Change Management Mission-2047”. The plan addresses water conservation and management of habitat, agriculture, forest, energy, health, transport, waste and disasters.
“The goals envision to attain climate regulation, increased carbon sinks and reduced CO2 emissions, increased green cover, ecosystem restoration, germplasm conservation, improved livelihood and opportunities, improved health sector, water security, better exposure of climate change to local communities and eco-tourism and revenue generation,” a release from chief minister Pema Khandu’s office said.
Khandu claimed that Arunachal Pradesh has a big role in dealing with climate change since it is part of the Himalayan mountain range and hosts the largest forest cover in India.
“Human activities have increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, driving up temperatures,” Khandu continued as quoted by the release. “Extreme weather and melting glaciers are being witnessed, which are a threat to all forms of life on earth. We can’t sit idle on it.”
In the past 40 years, the average temperatures of Arunachal Pradesh have seen an increase by 0.05 degrees Celcius per year.
Further, during the period from 1980 to 2019, a significant decreasing trend in southwest monsoon rainfall and also in annual rainfall has been observed, along with an increase in dry spells and decrease in rainy days,” the release continued.
A cabinet meeting due to be held on Thursday will exclusively discuss climate change, the chief minister said. The forest and environment department has been directed to submit a detailed document of the roadmap.
Chaired the monthly e-Pragati review meeting this morning.
The objective of this periodic meeting is to give fillip to pace of work on development projects and to accomplish it in stipulated time.
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