Interventions: Climate Change and Sustainable Development...

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.

National Workshop 'Climate Change in Media'

31st October – 1st November 2011
The workshop engaged 30 media persons on discussion on critical aspects of sustainable development and climate crisis with the objective of bringing relevant perspective in environmental and climate change reporting. The two day workshop involved reputed media persons and experts in the discussion with young media professionals. The experts addressed many important aspects of climate change global and national context, impacts and responses (Ajay Jha, PAIRVI), energy (Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jathha), water (Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP), Agriculture (Sudhirendar Sharma, Ecological Foundation), Organic agriculture (Atul Sharma), Env. and climate change policies (Gopal Krishna) media and climate change (Sandeep Joshi, CSE) etc.

Consultation on State Action Plan of Madhya Pradesh

7th September 2011
A state Consultation was organized along with Department of Science and Technology to discuss State Action Plan. The presence of the Chief Minister, Minister of forests, water, and industries signified keen interest of the state government in climate change response. The State government has taken the recommendations in the positive stead and has assured to review the draft in the light of the recommendations made.

Bihar State Consultation on Climate Action Plan

25-26 August 2011
The discussion was about how to situate the State Action Plan which has been in the process for 3 years and recommend changes for a detailed plan including comments for the 8 mission specific plans. The draft needs to be submitted before November.

Uttarakhand Climate Camp

1-2 August 2011

A 2 day workshop on Climate Change was organized in SIDH Campus, Mussorie district, Uttarakhand; by the Beyond Copenhagen Collective (BCPH). The intent of this workshop was to 2 fold- engagement and interaction of the participants on the critical aspects of climate change and to encourage the partakers in taking propriety and ownership in the process of creating awareness on key climate change issues within their respective localized environment/context. Discussion were centered on the following points - India’s position and current state of play of international climate negotiations, agriculture and food security and preparedness viz a viz impacts of climate change. Developments in other pertinent sectors – such as energy, water, livelihood and the women’s stake in climate justice were also key points of discussion during the camp.

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