State Centre on Climate Change
under aegis of the State Council for Science Technology & Environment
Himachal Pradesh


To understand climate change and its impact on the Himalayan Eco-System by developing and implementing mountain spicific adaptation plans based on vulnerability,risk scenario and by enhancing capacity of all stake holders to combat the threat of climate change.
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Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF):

Climate Change Division:

The Climate Change Division of MoEF is India's nodal agency for climate change cooperation and global negotiations. It is also the nodal unit for coordinating the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

Major initiatives:

Announced India's intent to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 20-25% between 2005 and 2020, thus making a major contribution to mitigating climate change.

Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive growth constituted under the Planning Commission to develop roadmap for Low Carbon development.

Hosted Delhi High-level Conference on Climate Change: 'Technology Development and Transfer', that adopted the 'Delhi Declaration', which became a key input to the international climate negotiations.

Released India’s GHG Emission profile - a summary of 5 independent studies-which show that India will remain a low emission economy even in the year 2030.

While India finalises the detailes of the Missions under its National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), there are several initiatives being undertaken and facilitated by Govt. of India to adderess the issue of Climate Change. India is also taking leadership in facilitating international dialogue and discussion on climate change issue.  A key area where India is showing leadership is technology transfer which will need to be a critical element of any global climate change agreement.

Convened a ministerial meeting of BASIC countries-Brazil, South Africa, China, and India – to discuss collaboration in Climate Change negotiations and broader collaboration.

Launched the Indian network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) in october 2009, as a network-based programme to make science, particularly the "3 Ms"-Measuring, Modelling and Monitoring-the essence of our policymaking in the climate change space. It brings together over 120 scientists from across the country.

Launched Phase II of the Himalayan Snow and Glacier Monitoring programme through the Space Application Centre,Ahmedabad, to continue the montoring of seasonal snow cover for the Himalayas and monitoring the retreat/advance of the glaciers in the representative basins.

Launched the Report titled Governance for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (G-SHE): Guidelines and Best Practices putting together key guidelines related to the governance and management of the Himalayan ecosystem along with case studies.

It’s an outcome of a series of discussions with diverse stakeholders. It forms basis for the broader climate change adaptation strategy, puts together key guidelines related to the governance and management of the Himalayan Ecosystem along with case studies. This has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & Forest and the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Development. The sustainability of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) will depend on striking a balance between the fragile ecosystem components namely forest, land and soil, water and snow representing the 'green','brown','blue',and 'white', colours respectively. In the light of best practices of resource management and based on the lessons learned, a set of practical guidelines for sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem have been suggested. For implementing this, one needs to visualize a picture of the region which is not only acceptable to those who live in the region, but also to those who live beyond.

A meeting of the Chief Ministers of Himalayan States was also led to the Shimla Declaration in which they agreed to coordinate for environment protection and pursuing sustainable growth.

Released a Discussions paper entitled "Himalayan Glaciers: A State -of- Art Review of Glacial Studies, Glacial retreat and Climate Change" which summarises the state of knowledge on Himalayan Glaciers.

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