Interventions: CLIMATE CRISIS

Round Table Conference on Agriculture and Climate Change in Chhattisgarh

4th May 2013, Chhattisgarh
Around 200 farmers from Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Vidarbha, media persons, officials from department of agriculture, scientists from Indira Gandhi Ag University and other various departments of the CG govt attended the Roundtable on Agriculture and Climate Change. While the governor of the state inaugurated the event, the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu assured the farmers that government is very serious about improving their lives and a number of efforts are being made in this direction. While a separate agriculture budget has been passed (CG being the first state in the country to do so), a new pro-farmer Agriculture policy legislated, the state is acknowledging the farmers enterprise by giving bonus to farmers. The Agriculture Minister acquainted the farmers of the insurmountable problems that agriculture now faces due to sudden change in the temperature and reduction in rainfall. While a number of efforts are afoot at national and international level, he approached the farmers to make efforts at self and community level to insulate agriculture from these impacts.

State Consultation: Climate Crisis and Agriculture; Preparedness, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

One day state consultation was held in Pantnagar. This consultation was a part of the ongoing process and series of initiatives – focussing on climate crisis and justice, especially on agriculture and food security. This was an interaction with Agriculture experts, scientists, farmers and civil society partners
 

Public Hearing on Agriculture and Climate Change: Voices from the Rain-fed Regions

4th November 2009
A public hearing on the ‘impact of climate change in rain-fed areas’ was organized on 4th November, 2009 by Oxfam and its allies at B.S. Mehta Bhavan, HCM- RIPA, Jaipur. The event hosted by CECOEDECON and Pairvi was attended by representatives from 11 states of the rain fed areas of the country.

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.

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