Ahmedabad: Aligning with the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change (PMCCC), the Gujarat government proposes to set up the Chief Minister’s Council on Climate Change (CMCCC) – a select group of members from the government, private sector and academia.
This proposal is part of the Gujarat State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), a document of over 300 pages, which was unveiled earlier this month on the occasion of World Environment Day.
It is proposed that the 24-member CMCCC will have 12 members from the government, and six each from the private sector and academia and research institutions. The principal secretary, climate change department will be the coordinator of the committee.
As part of the institutional mechanism to implement the SAPCC, the role of all 26 state government departments has also been spelt out in the action plan document. While some departments will have a more pro-active role to play in mitigating climate threats, all other departments will be required to carry out concerted awareness programmes regarding climate change.
S J Haider, principal secretary, climate change department, said the SAPCC underlines actions that the state proposes to reinforce to adapt and augment resilience to climate threats. “The plan also envisages strategies for financing climate action and institutional mechanisms to ensure sustained action,” the official said. He added that monitoring and evaluation form a significant component to ensure that outcomes are in line with desired goals.