Home truths at conclave on climate

Maize, paddy and lentil are three potential climate resilient crops for Bihar, according to a report by Action on Climate Today that was presented on the concluding day of the two-day East India Climate Change Conclave here on Monday.

By Sanjeev Kumar Verma in Patna
  • Published 26.06.18
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Patna: Maize, paddy and lentil are three potential climate resilient crops for Bihar, according to a report by Action on Climate Today that was presented on the concluding day of the two-day East India Climate Change Conclave here on Monday.

Experts deliberated on three main topics - climate resilient agriculture, water, and finance - in three technical sessions at the conclave, organised by the state environment and forest department in association with Asian Development Research Institute (Adri) and Action on Climate Today (ACT).

Each of the sessions also saw release of thematic reports: "Value Chain Assessment of Climate Resilient Crops in Bihar", "Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP): Water Budgeting & Auditing", and "Climate Change Budget Coding in Odisha".

The report detailing the module on water budgeting and auditing was prepared by the Centre for Environment, Energy & Climate Change (CEECC) which functions under Adri, which is headquartered in Patna.

The report on climate change budget coding was presented by Odisha's forest department and it outlined the state's action plan on climate change through a detailed budget coding exercise.

The key points that emerged during the two-day deliberations included the need to stick to commitments, collaborate and take collective action on building a climate resilient India.

Several policy measures were prescribed, such as cohesive working of departments to make projects climate proof, push corporate social responsibility funding into climate resilience projects, better plans on water management and more aggressive action.

The participants also deliberated on ways to build adaptive capacity across the eastern Indian states and identify potential opportunities for exchange of planning and policy ideas between states on climate change.

Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Jharkhand participated in the conclave, along with experts from the field of environment and climate change.