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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).

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