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Bihar awaits new action plan on climate change

Bihar awaits new action plan on climate change

The state government may have allocated huge amount for ‘Jal Jivan Haryali’ scheme, however, it is going too slow to frame a comprehensive action plan to deal with the issues of climate change and its devastating impact on natural resources

The state government may have allocated huge amount for ‘Jal Jivan Haryali’ scheme, however, it is going too slow to frame a comprehensive action plan to deal with the issues of climate change and its devastating impact on natural resources.

Chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar, during the conclave of eastern zone states on climate change, had in 2018 termed the issue crucial for Bihar particularly in view of continued decline in rains and asked the department of forest and environment to get a climate action plan in place so that emission of greenhouse gases could be curtailed significantly. He had also favoured setting up of a fully equipped climate change cell in the department.
Although a separate cell to deal with climate change issues was set up within the forest and environment department in 2019, its technical wing (a unit of the cell that comprises technical staff, analysts and researchers) is yet to be constituted for want of recruitment of suitable candidates. Climate cell wing head Santosh Tiwari said that recruitment process was hampered due to outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

Moved by the CM’s resolve, the department of forest and environment, which got added with climate change mandate on the Centre’s direction in the light of Paris declaration at the United Nations conference of climate change in 2015, teamed up with the United Kingdom government agency, Department for International Development (DFID), and prepared the five-year action plan for climate change (2020-25).

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