GUWAHATI, March 9 - The issue of climate change cannot be solved in a short time. A multi-stakeholder involvement is required to tackle climate change, said Arvind Madhav Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF and HoFF), Assam. He was addressing the inaugural session of the three-day media workshop on climate change organised by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS) here on Thursday, said a press release today.
Singh also maintained that there is a need to prepare a module for creating a uniform sensitisation programme on the issue of climate change.
Abhay Kumar Johari, Member Secretary, Assam State Biodiversity Board (ASBB) said in his address that Assam has a unique feature in State Action Plan for Climate Change (SAPCC) which is nowhere in the country. �We proposed a mechanism to implement the actions called Assam Climate Change Management Society (ACCMA),� he said.
Dr Anamika Barua, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, while speaking on the climate change vulnerability study done in the Indian Himalayan region, mentioned that Assam is the most vulnerable state in matters related to climate change as the socio-economic health indicators are very poor in the State. �It also has the second lowest per capita income; low percentage area covered under crop insurance and low MGNREGA participation,� she said.
Shimpy Khurrana, Communications Officer, IHCAP presented the overview of the IHCAP programme. She said, �IHCAP�s media engagement plan is a great opportunity for mediapersons to highlight the issues related to climate change in the Himalayas and what people are doing to cope with them.�
Annu Anand, head, CMS Advocacy, Centre for Media Studies, said the real challenge of climate change reporting is to connect changes occurring at the local levels with climate science and policies. �We are trying to build this capacity among journalists,� she said.
Dr Sanjay Oneill Shaw from the Regional Meteorology Centre here spoke on changing trends of climate in Assam; Mandira Buragohain, Project Officer (Knowledge Management and Climate Change), Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) spoke on the disaster risk reduction steps taken in the State; while Paban Dutta, former joint director sericulture, spoke on the impact of climate change on sericulture and Dr Queen Sarma, Programme Coordinator of Nature Learning Awareness Programme of the Assam State Biodiversity Board, gave a briefing on the programme.