GIZ organises a side event at Paris COP 21 on ‘Experiences on integrating climate change adaptation into sub-national climate action plans from India’

GIZ’s Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas in India (CCA-RAI) team organised a side event on ‘Experiences on integrating climate change adaptation into sub-national climate action plans from India’ under Conference of Parties-21 (COP-21) on December 7, 2015 at the Indian Pavilion, in Paris. It was jointly organised with Department for International Development (DFID), Govt. of United Kingdom.

The event showcased India’s domestic action on climate change adaptation which is being implemented under the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCCs). It also chalked out key issues relating to the operationalisation of climate change adaptation activities.

Key speakers of the event were Hon’ble Minister, DFID, Govt. of United Kingdom; officials from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC); representatives from four states departments namely, Govt. of Telangana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu; officials from NABARD, Ms. Vera Scholz, Director, Division of Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure from GIZ and DFID. GIZ has been actively supporting various state governments in preparing and implementing their SAPCCs in collaboration with the MoEFCC. GIZ provided a brief presentation on its approach for sub-national planning on climate change.

The gathering was well-represented by developing and least developing countries, climate practitioners and experts. The event saw a robust participation of around 80 people from various countries. The deliberations were lively and thought-provoking and participants appreciated the various interventions by the Indian government in addressing climate change from a policy and an implementation perspective.

Dr S. Satapathy, Director, MoEF&CC shared with the audience members how the Indian SAPCCs have been appreciated internationally. He said that Argentina is planning to follow India’s footsteps in formulating similar state action plans on climate change which is then harmonised with the country’s national climate change adaptation goals.

CCA-RAI is a component of GIZ India’s Indo-German Environment Programme in Rural Areas. It is being implemented in partnership with the MoEFCC. Under this programme, GIZ provides technical assistance to various state and union territory governments in the preparation and operationalisation of SAPCCs. GIZ also helps the government access funding for climate change from various national and international sources.