Interventions: CLIMATE CRISIS

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.

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.

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.

Consultative Workshop on Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change

24-25 July 2011

A two day Manipur State level consultative workshop on Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change was organized from 24-25 July 2011 at Hotel Nirmala, Imphal, jointly organized by the Centre for Social Development and the North East Dialogue Forum.

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Climate Crisis

Climate crisis has the potential to unexpectedly impact lives and development, and southern countries and communities dependent on natural resources are more vulnerable. Its interventions aim to bring urgency and adequacy in the mitigation and adaptation response of the governments and global community. It also works with vulnerable communities in strengthening their adaptive capacity. PAIRVI has engaged extensively with national and sub national policies on climate change as well as with international institutions like United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Conference of Parties (COP).