One Day Stakeholders’ Workshop on

REVISION OF STATE ACTION PLAN ON CLIMATE CHANGE

(SAPCC-VER 2) 2018 – 2023

The workshop in progress

         The State Climate Change Cell, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur in collaboration with Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation and Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme organized a one day stakeholder’s workshop on REVISION OF STATE ACTION PLAN ON CLIMATE CHANGE (SAPCC-VER 2) 2018 – 2023 at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal on 2nd April 2018. The workshop was organised to discuss the climate change vulnerability, adaptation assessment, evaluation and revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC-VER 2) 2018-2023 for the stakeholders’ in Manipur. The main objective of the workshop focus on two basic technical sessions namely –

  1. Technical session 1: Climate Change Vulnerability.

          * Understanding of issues related to Climate Change projections, impacts, adaptation and vulnerability                           assessments.

      2. Technical session 2: Evaluation and revision of SAPCC 2013

          * Development on stock taking of the previous activities, suggestion on new activities explanation of evaluation               formats, planning road map for revision of SAPCC 2013 follow by presentation from the respective groups.

The opening ceremony was grace by Prof. Rabindranath, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. Ashok Singh, MD, CTRAN, Dr. Anamika Barua, IIT, Guwahati and Dr. Y. Nabachandra Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment and State Nodal officer Climate Change; Manipur attended the workshop as presidium members. The workshop was attended by officials from various line departments of Manipur and media persons.

The workshop on Climate Change Vulnerability session was taken by experts from various disciplines. Dr Ashok Sinha presented a paper on 'Overview of the workshop', Prof. Rabindranath on 'Climate change projections, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessment for SAPCC-2. He states that changing of lifestyle and mass behaviour would help in reducing carbon dioxide emission in present trend if there would be proper funding which is highly needed to solve the problem of climate change.

Another resource person, Dr Anamika Barua presented a paper on Climate change vulnerability assessment in NE region. She points out that Eastern Himalayas do not contribute much in global warming issues but its impact reaches everywhere. The North East region is keenly focused because of its fragile, weak infrastructure and higher concentration of poverty due to the extreme weather conditions.  While making policies and programme on climate change, the policy should be frame on the basis of vulnerability level as vulnerability differ from one place to another.

Section of the participants

Prof. N. Rajmohun Singh, Department of Chemistry, Manipur University, in his presentation observed that forest department has taken up programmes and steps for protection of the villages like Khunjao village, Kangkhui village and Dailong village to improve the ecological system in terms of eco-restoration and forest stock for long term management of the forest resources.

Group exercise was conducted by dividing the participants into three groups for the purpose of understanding the impact of the climate change by accessing the Vulnerability, level of exposures, sensitivity and adaptive capacity in the context of their respective disciplines. Inputs were also collected for the revision of the SAPCC 2018-2023 from different stakeholders through the exercise.

Various technical sessions and group discussion of the workshop was concluded with a recommendations for adapting to the climate change scenario in order to bring a sustainable ecosystem. The day’s event has made the participants more familiar about the impacts of climate change and its vulnerability to the different sections of people.