DIMAPUR, Aug 14 - Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy has said that climate change needs to be addressed through convergence and collaborative actions while stressing the need to embark on a �one state, one data� mission.
�We need to adopt climate proofing � the practice of taking action in preparation for climate change,� Toy said. One will have to rely on consistent data to meet the challenges, he added.
The Nagaland Chief Secretary was addressing an orientation programme on climate change adaptation for senior officials of Nagaland in Kohima on Thursday. The programme was organised by the Nagaland State Climate Change Cell under the Nagaland Science and Technology Council in collaboration with climate change cells of the 12 Himalayan States.
�Also, we need to be informed on global trends so that we are equipped to deal with issues in ways that are sustainable and innovative, and build on our resources, capabilities and geophysical limitations,� Toy stated.
The Chief Secretary stated that climate change is real and changes in weather patterns, planting and harvest seasons, rainfall patterns, and unprecedented long dry spells, landslides, forest fires, etc., are a pointer to this.
Toy said being a mountainous and agrarian State, Nagaland faces the impact of climate change on agriculture and infrastructure. Stating that the State has numerous climate-focused, externally-aided development projects under various departments, he said the challenge lies on how to build institutional capacities and awareness of agencies, organisations and citizens and adopt climate-friendly measures, technology and lifestyles.
Nagaland Commissioner and Secretary Dellirose M Sakhire said the key objectives of the Nagaland State Climate Change Cell are to assess vulnerabilities and risks due to climate change in the State in selected sectors, institutional capacity building to attain the capacity to handle climate change and find solutions to the issues of climate change.