SHILLONG | September 13, 2019:
A programme on Climate Change Adaptation was held at Pinewood hotel, Shillong on Thursday which was chaired by the Chairperson of the Meghalaya State Council for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (MSCCC&SD), Ferlin Sangma.
The main focus at the event was to press concern on the climate change, shifting weather patterns and strengthen the State’s capacity at catalysing climate change adaptation resources and inclusive development planning to sync with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The chief guest for the event was Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and other legislators from all regions of the state.
While addressing the event, CM Conrad Sangma said that the idea behind the programme was to make each one recognise the impending ramifications of climate change which can threaten food production and increase the risk of calamitous flooding.
He urged the legislators present at the programme to ensure that this matter is kept in mind with every action taken and every decision made, and as leaders, they should seek to inspire people by setting example such as choosing to walk to office once a week, doing away with plastic bottles and encouraging large scale participation at climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
The Chairperson of the MSCCC&SD to organise similar initiatives at different levels so that complete clarity is gained by all stakeholders, Sangma said.
Adviser to the Government, Thomas Sangma also raised concerns about the imminent migration from neighboring countries due to the political and social impacts of climate change, and stressed on the need to have research and serious discussions on the issue. Such environmental refugees may look to come to Meghalaya for shelter, and the state can potentially be overwhelmed. Measures may have to be outlined to ensure that this type of situation is avoided.
Meanwhile, H M Shangpliang, MLA of Mawsynram Constituency, spoke on the changes in the rainfall pattern in Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth and the all time low production of oranges and honey in the area which is indicative of climate change going on and the need to address these issues.
The event also included technical presentations by Dr S Ashutosh IFS, DG Forest Survey of India, SM Sahai IFS, DG Meghalaya Climate Change Centre, Sushil Ramola, President Indian Mountain Initiative and Divya Mohan IHCAP covered various issues, policies and practices on climate change adaptation for facilitating climate change adaptation in Meghalaya and other Himalayan states.
Others who spoke at the event included P Sampat Kumar IAS, CEO MBDA and CVD Diengdoh IAS Addl Secretary, Govt of Meghalaya.
The programme was organised by the Meghalaya Climate Change Centre (MCCC) of the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, in collaboration with the Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP).