2nd Phase of State Climate Change Action Plan kick started by Odisha
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 26-Oct-2017

Bhubaneswar, October 26: Odisha has initiated actions on 2nd Phase of State Climate Change Action Plan (SCCAP), which revolves around adopting methods which helps foster development in agriculture, environment and infrastructure. Odisha leads in the 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. Taking a programme wise review of the activities taken up so far Chief Secretary Padhi directed to make a scientific assessment of the outcomes and benefits derived from the 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 Crores 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 the climate. These were Adaptation and Mitigation.

The 2nd phase of SCCAP discussions included livelihood focused people-centric integrated watershed development programmes, capacity building of farmers and executants, documentation of the indigenous eco-friendly practices, scaling up water use efficient micro-irrigation projects, water harvesting and groundwater discharge projects, establishment of seed bank at village level, popularization of climate resilient cropping techniques, promotion of green energy efficient models for farmers, developing disaster resilient public infrastructure, generating power through clean coal approach, promoting the energy efficient techniques, utilization of lay ash, promotion of small and medium hydropower plants, maximization of solar energy use, promoting biogas and bio-manner, harnessing biomass potential, improved breeding and feeding management of the animal resources, increasing green cover and forest density, conservation bio-diversity, sustainable management of forests and natural resources, developing green belt in industrial clusters, installation of centralized solar heating system in food processing clusters for supply of hot water, adoption of sustainable mining plan, reclamation and rehabilitation of abandoned mines, phasing out of old vehicles for reducing emission, promotion of electric vehicles, strengthening enforcement and emission check-up system, augmentation of integrated sewerage projects in major urban areas, rejuvenation of water bodies, conservation of water sources, increasing water use efficiency in irrigation, municipal solid waste management, promotion of waste to energy projects etc.