Indian Himalayan Climate Discussed At CoP 28

  • It is a side event hosted at the India pavilion at the UN Climate Conference COP 28 on December 3, 2023.
  • Organised by the Department of Science and Technology.

First Session:

  • Representatives from Switzerland Development Corporation (SDC); International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal; Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Manipur, India; GBPNIHE, Almora, India and DST, India.
  • About the Climate Change Programme (CCP) under the National Action Plan on Climate Change of the Government of India; Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in India; regional perspective on Cryosphere; Climate risk profile for adaptation plan in Manipur state; and inclusive climate actions for sustainable development of IHR.

Session-2:

  • Co-hosted with the Government of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Initiatives under National Mission on Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem.
  • Present climate policy interventions; Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) for the transition towards the development of ecologically oriented resilient villages with climate and resilient practices in agriculture and horticulture.

COP 28:

  • The 28th Conference of Parties.
  • Held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • From 30 November until 12 December 2023.
  • Representatives from 197 countries.
  • To limit global warming and prepare for future climate change.
  • This is the first time countries formally assess their progress under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Delegates discussed adaptation and mitigation efforts to achieve significant positive outcomes in the coming years towards tackling climate change.
  • Crucial for countries that are highly vulnerable and also for the fragile ecosystems of the world such as the Himalayan Mountain range in Asia.

Background:

  • The climate of India is highly dependent on the Himalayan range.
  • Indian Himalayan region (IHR) has been a shelter for more than 50 million people. Any impact would mean an effect on the life not only of India but also of the entire subcontinent.
  • These include changes on account of natural causes, climate change resulting from anthropogenic emissions and developmental pathways.
  • Crucial to assess the vulnerability of the Indian Himalayan region.

Out Come:

  • Elaboration on the importance of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
  • Understand the linkages between climate change and the Himalayan ecosystem for improved adaptation.
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