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Odisha initiates action on 2nd phase of Climate Change Action Plan

Bhubaneswar, Oct 26: Odisha as a lead State in implementation of the 1st phase Climate Change Action Plan has initiated actions on 2nd Phase of the State Climate Change Action Plan (SCCAP).

This was reviewed by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall on Wednesday wherein Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra outlined the issues for discussion.

Taking a programme wise review of the activities taken up so far Padhi directed to make a scientific assessment of the outcomes and benefits derived from 1st phase of action implemented during 2010-11 to 2015-16. The departments were also asked to come up with innovative projects for convergence of funds from different sources.

The 5 year SCCAP from 2016-17 to 2021-22 budgeted with the outlay of around Rs.31, 667 cr was discussed and given in principle approval in the meeting. It was decided to set up a regular follow up and outcome assessment unit for ensuring result oriented utilization of the money spent for the purpose. A two pronged approach was planned to deal with changing climate. These were Adaptation and Mitigation.

Basing on the experience of the 1st phase action plan, the meeting identified 102 action points in 12 major sectors. These included 13 action points in Agriculture sector, 4 action points in Coastal and Disaster Management, 15 action points in Energy Sector, 14 action points in Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, 13 action points in Forestry, 5 action points in helath sector, 9 action points in Industrial sector, 9 action points in Mining, 5 action points in Transport, 7 action points in Urban Development, 4 action points in Water Resource Management and 4 interventions in Waste Management.

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