Climate projects of three States get Centre’s nod

| Updated on: Jan 11, 2018

Proposals from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim okayed

Proposals for climate adaptation projects submitted by Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim have been approved by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

The three projects approved by the National Steering Committee on Climate Change will receive funds under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC). Current projects address a range of climate change vulnerabilities in the states, which are not addressed under the ongoing schemes of the Central and State governments, a statement from the Ministry said.

The projects in Rajasthan and Sikkim are targeted at water security, while in Gujarat, the project will focus on increasing the adaptive capacity of communities dependent on natural resources in the Kachchh district, the official statement said.

With India being a signatory to the UN Paris climate change deal, the country is looking to step up work on climate change mitigation as well as adaptation to fulfil the targets under the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

Under this, individual state governments are expected to develop State Action Plans on Climate Change, and propose projects — especially in climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, forests, and others — which will receive financial support form the NAFCC. It is estimated that the Ministry has approved 21 projects worth about ₹435.72 crore in the last two years.

Published on July 19, 2017
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