Interventions: Climate Change and Sustainable Development...

Open Discussion on CBD COP 11

11th September 2012
This meeting of various civil society groups - either active or preparing to be so, in different areas of people’s concerns about biological diversity and livelihoods, was called upon to discuss the overarching concerns of not only loss of biodiversity but also of increased, state assisted systematic transfer of control over biodiversity, food productions systems and natural resources from communities to private entities in the name of regulation, conservation and promotion. India as a host of the eleventh COP of Convention on Biological diversity should not only showcase its efforts in organizing CBD COP but also addressing these critical concerns. The discussion aimed to connect with organizations and networks participating in COP and to explore what synergies and convergence can be created not only in terms of participation at CBD COP but also as a long term and sustained engagement with the issue, institutions and state.

Media Consultation on Sustainable Development and Rio+20

5th June 2012

The programme began with the welcome address and brief background of Rio, 1992, by Om Thanvi, Editor, Jansatta. He raised an important question of unity among the developing countries, i.e., the differences and divide came up in Durban. He highlighted that the whole world is divided on the issue of recent environmental crisis and even developed countries, known for their strong bonding and collective representation, have different stands to address their own concerns and interests.

National Consultation: Sustainable Development: National and Global Priorities for Rio+20

28 April 2012
The National Consultation was organized with a view to bring in multiple stakeholders, persons and institutions to build an understanding on the sustainable development agenda and chart out a distinct road map to Rio+20.

State Consultation on Climate Action Plan of Uttarakhand

6-7 November 2011, Garhwal)
The Consultation was organized in joint collaboration with HM Bahuguna University, Garhwal and GB Pant Agriculture University, Pant Nagar. More than 100 participants deliberated over the draft Action Plan for two days. Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister based on the recommendation of the Consultation. The state government has assured to open up the draft for discussion and revision, and address civil society concerns.

National Roundtable: Climate Change and State Responses; Review of Key Policies and Action

2-3 November 2011
The Beyond Copenhagen Coalition, a collective of 40 odd organizations concerned about the impacts of climate change on communities in India, has been engaging with the climate change crisis for the last three years – both with different climate change impacted communities in diverse geo-cultural regions of India, and also with the policy makers & implementers in India and in many international fora. Over the past three years, BCPH has organized several public hearings to get the truth about real impacts on dry-land farmers, Himalayan communities etc. BCPH also repeatedly raised & projected the many climate related issues the small-holder farmers are facing, the need to support them to adapt to the increasingly severe impacts of an increasingly unpredictable climate, and the critical necessity of going positively ahead with an international Climate Justice Tribunal – in the last two Conference Of Parties (COP) in Copenhagen & Cancun and in many other national & international climate conferences / meetings. We have also attempted to build up linkages with a large no of groups in India & in South Asia, who are working in various related sectors. Another area of focus for BCPH has been the constant engagement with the State & political entities. As part of these efforts, BCPH organized several interactions with leaders of political parties and diplomatic staff from several embassies. The other major engagement is with the process of formulating the crucial State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) in several states, and the efforts to open up and democratize the process & contents of these SAPCCs.

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