14th December 2013
State Consultation on Bihar Action Plan on Climate Change (BAPCC) was organized at Patna, Bihar on 14th December 2013 with the objective of sharing reflections on the current draft of the action plan. the consultation witnessed the presence of a wide range of stakeholders from government officials, bureaucrats, scientists involved in drafting the BAPCC to experts from various sectors, representatives of local and national NGOs, women farmers, and localities. Also present at the occasion was Mr. Devesh Chandra, MLC from JD (U) who shared his perception on the changing climate pattern in Bihar and assured taking the discussion further to the Assembly. Mr. Vijoy Prakash, Principal Secretary, Planning Commission, appreciated the efforts, thus, undertaken at promoting public awareness of environmental issues and suggested that now that the action plan has already been drafted, concerns in implementation needs to be addressed.
Beyond Copenhagen (BCPH) team conducted a three-day preliminary loss and damage assessment in the month of August at Bhatwari block of Uttarkashi district. As the world is debating Climate Change and its impacts, and more recently – the Damage & Loss from such impacts, in developing countries – this micro-scale effort was undertaken to contribute to such debates. The preliminary assessment was followed by a 3 -day Final Assessment in September which was a much comprehensive and aimed at evaluating the loss and damage at the approx 10 villages in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The broader aim behind the assessment was to connect the issue of loss and damage arising out of the impacts of climate change in developing countries, to the core and emerging issue of Climate Finance.