Final draft of the J&K State Climate Change Action Plan discussed

SRINAGAR: Fifth meeting of the Expert Committee of State Council on Climate Change (SAPCC) was held, under the chairmanship of Director Environment and Remote Sensing, J&K Mr. Suresh Chugh at SKICC Srinagar, to finalise the J&K State Action Plan on Climate Change. Pertinently as part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change, every state is required to prepare its own Action Plan for Climate Change, taking into consideration the local requirements of the State.

The State Action Plan has been prepared by the GIZ (A German Consultancy) and CTRAN Consultants Ltd. Orissa, in consultation with the Stakeholders of the State. The main objective of the SAPCC is to strategize mitigation and adaptation initiative towards emission stabilization and enhancement of ecosystem resilience, climate proofing of the livelihood sector and diversification of dependency on natural resources.

The Committee proposed for setting up of the Climate Change Cell to carry forward the agenda of implementation of the recommendations of SAPCC. The recommendations of the Expert Committee will be discussed in the Executive Council Meeting of the State Council on Climate Change. The SAPCC is to be sent to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for final approval and funding under various missions.

Among others, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests/Chairman J&K State Pollution Control Board, Jammu, Mr. Vinod Ranjan, Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K, Mr. A.K Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests J&K, Mr. Abhai Kumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Deepak Khanna, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests/Director Forest Protection Force Mr. Ravi Kesar, Director, Social Forestry Mr. M. A Tak, Director, SFRI Mr. Upinder Pachnanda,  Director Soil Conservation Mr. Mukherjit Sharma,  Member Secretary, J&K State Pollution Control Board, Jammu Mr. Arun Kumar Tickoo, Chief Conservator of Forests Ecotourism Mr. O.P Sharma, Director Agriculture Kashmir Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr. Salim-ur-Rehman, Director Animal Husbandry Dr. Shamas Mukhdoomi, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir Dr. B.L. Sharma, Director Animal Husbandry Jammu Dr. SL Bhagat and Director Agriculture Jammu Mr. Ajay Khajuria participated in the meeting.

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