Interventions: CLIMATE CRISIS

National Interactive Workshop on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Priority Areas of Policy and Action

27th July 2009
The workshop was organized by a collective of civil society organizations including Food Trade and Nutrition Coalition Asia, Institute of Development Studies Jaipur, Gene Campaign, CECOEDECON, and Pairvi at India Habitat Centre, Delhi on 27th July 2009. The workshop witnessed participation of more than 50 organizations from Delhi and other states. The participants included WWF India, RIS, Oxfam India, CENTAD, Delhi Science Forum, SADED. Speaking at an interactive workshop organized by a collective of civil society organizations, ex-chief economic advisor to Government of India and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Nitin Desai, said that we must address the issues of denial within our efforts to ensure food security. He said that common property resources are getting gobbled up and we must link planning and execution at Panchayat level to make the anti poverty programmes more inclusive and locally owned. He added that climate change is the latest threat to long term food security and civil society organizations can make a huge contribution in terms of bringing more information on manifestations of climate change from the grass roots level. We must identify who will be adversely affected and try to plan which puts them in the centre.

State Consultation on Climate Change and Disaster, Uttarakhand

24th January 2014
A State Consultation was organized with the objective of initiating discussion on the strategy  for engaging further with the SAPCC and disasters in Uttarakhand and releasing an interim report on a assessment on the loss and damage incurred in the region. Participants in the consultation included many NGOs, media representatives, CSO representatives from Nepal. Mr. Hemesh Kharkwal, Parliamentary Secretary, Environment and Forests, Government of Uttarakhand, was the chief guest at the occasion. He encouraged civil society endeavors and reaffirmed inclusion of any important recommendation to government policies. He also insured that attempts would be made in rehabilitating the flood-ravaged population in the same region rather to far –flunked plains.

State Consultation on Bihar Action Plan on Climate Change

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.

Consultation on Climate Disaster and Farmers' Crises in Uttarakhand

10th September 2013
The meeting dealt with the problems in agriculture being faced by the small farmers in the flood ravaged regions of Uttarakhand and possible support that could be extended to them with support from  local organizations and government. While the Indian government is focusing on rescue and relief operations, the plight of farmers has been largely ignored. Also present for the meeting was Mr. Naresh Sirohi, National Vice President of BJP Kishan Morcha, Working Committee. Mr. Sirohi requested government / people from other states to donate livestock to families hit by the floods in Uttarakhand. He also expressed need to ensure that local seeds are used for cultivating crops in future instead of hybrid ones.

Loss and Damage Assessment

September 2013

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.

Uttarakhand Disaster; Possible Role/Action by Civil Society

3rd July 2013
The Consultation was organized to express concern over disaster in Uttarakhand, show solidarity to the victims and citizens of the state, and explore a role for organizations who are not directly in relief work.
The Beyond Copenhagen had organized a number of consultations on State Action Plan on Climate Change and recommended among others, review of energy policies, stop building big dams, ensure environmental regulations, improving adaptation measures, strengthening local institutions and role of communities in disaster management, improved weather forecasting and warning systems and risk coverage etc. Though the state (through the Parliamentary Secretary on Forests and Environment had accepted these recommendations, nothing was done to incorporate these in the SAPCC.

State Consultation on Peoples Framework Policy on Agriculture, Water, Forests and Climate Change

24-25 May 2013
The State Consultation was co-organized by a collective of organizations including PAIRVI, CECEOEDECON, BCPH, SADED, BJVJ, HUMANITY AND JJBA and others. The consultation witnessed the participation of more than 100 participants representing civil society organizations, peoples movements, academicians, community based organizations, state representatives and state networks over the two days.
The discussion was organized in the background of the state of Jharkhand adopting a slew of policies including ag policy, water policy, mining policy, forests policy and climate change policy within a period of two years. However, no discussion has taken place on these policies and the gaps in the policies.

Consultation on Chhattisgarh State Action Plan on Climate Change

22nd May 2013
The Consultation on agriculture and climate change and Chhattisgarh, State Action Plan on Climate Change was organized in pursuance of the decision taken in the steering committee dated 9th May 2013, where it was discussed that Chhattisgarh being a predominantly agricultural state, the farmers should be consulted in the process of developing a state action plan on climate change. The consultation was organized by Krishak Biradari, and hosted by Department of Horticulture, Chhattisgarh. More than 50 representatives from Farmers organizations, state representatives, concerned citizens and experts participated in the consultation. Dr. A Boaz, Nodal officer for SAPCC made a presentation on the Plan. Hon�ble Minister Agriculture, Shri Chandrashekhar Sahu, inaugurated the meeting. Other dignitaries present in the consultation included Shri Sharad Chandra Behar, former Chief Secretary, of undivided Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Bhuvnesh Yadav, Director, Horticulture, Mr. Soumya Dutta, Convener Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatthha, Mr. Ajay Jha, PAIRVI and Beyond Copenhagen, Mr. Anand Mishra, Secretary, Krishak Biradari, Mr. NandKashyap, and Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Convener of Krishak Biradari.

State Workshop on Best Practices of Agricultural Adaptation

15-16 February 2013
The farmers overwhelmingly expressed a serious concern with agriculture in times of climate change. Most of them have been bewildered by the change in the temperature, rainfall, snowfall patterns and do not know how to react to it. Policy responses too slow and too far apart, have failed to support them through adequate information, new and improved seeds and crops, irrigation technologies, risk and insurance coverage. Very few adaptation strategies except System of Crop Intensification, water harvesting and organic farming came to light. Most of them have reached the dead end of adaptation, and were left with no option but to migrate and swell the ranks of slum dwellers in nearby cities. This is particularly true for apple growers, who say that the apple line has moved to more than 1000 feet upwards. Farmers who depended on livestock also fared no better. People are forced to sell buffaloes (worth 30,000 to 35,000) to the abattoirs, who rate them on the basis of the quantity to meat they can provide (price typically ranging between Rs. 500-1000).

State Consultation on Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change

1st October 2012
A number of civil society organizations organized a state consultation on the recently released revised draft of the Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change. More than 70 participants representing research institutes, academic institutions, experts, practitioners, farmers and women’s organizations, forest and indigenous populations, government departments, agriculture universities, water and forest research institutes, civil society participated in the Consultation. The organizers included beyond Copenhagen, CECOEDECON, PAIRVI, BJVJ, SADED, UDI, GB Pant agriculture and technical university, HM BahugunaGrahwal University, PSI, Inter Agency Group, CASA Mountain, Insaaf Uttarakhand, HAARC, HESCO, and others.

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Climate Crisis

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