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‘Most vulnerable’ tag for NE

Guwahati, Feb. 24: A study conducted by Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has found the Northeast to be one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change in the country.

“We had initiated the study under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) two years ago and have found the region to be the one of the most vulnerable to climate change in India and its impact is the highest on the eastern Brah-maputra basin,” Nand Kishor Agrawal, programme co-ordinator of the centre, said.

In this regard, ICIMOD in association with Aaranyak is organising a two-day conference in the city from tomorrow to find a road map for the Northeast vis--vis climate change. The theme of the meet will be Climate Change Adaptation: Priorities for Research, Policy and Practices in North East India.

The conference will look to institutionalise a platform for sharing know-how on climate-related policy, research and practice in the Northeast. Besides, the meet will explore opportunities for engaging with policy makers to support informed decision-making and share information and knowledge about climate change adaptation in the region.

“We have done our research on climate change in the region and will present the findings of the study to the policy makers so that solutions could be found and plans formulated to implement them,” Agrawal said.

Climate change experts from Norway-based GRID-Arendal (a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme), GIZ (German Society for International Co-operation), local organisations and representatives from the Northeast governments among others will take part in the conference.

“ICIMOD’s regional programme on adaptation to change (of which HICAP is a part) aims to support the adaptation of vulnerable households, communities and eco-systems and enhance their resistance to change,” he said.

Since 2008, the centre has, in collaboration with Aaranyak, conducted studies in flood-prone Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts of Assam.

“A study conducted on the Jiadhol (river) had found flash floods a major threat to several villages in Dhemaji. Thereafter, we developed advance-warning systems for villagers to help them move over to safer terrain. Likewise, a study was conducted on the Singora in Lakhimpur and wireless flood-warning devices distributed among villagers there,” said Partha J. Das, head of Water, Climate and Hazard programme of Aaranyak.

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