India to release its first assessment report on climate change

India will on Tuesday release its 1st assessment report on the impact of climate change on 4 sectors.

New Delhi: India will on Tuesday release its first assessment report on the impact of climate change on four sectors, including agriculture and water, in the country`s four climatic hot spots like the Himalayas and the North East.
"The first 4x4 assessment report will be released on November 16. Prepared by Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment, it will assess the impact of climate change on four sectors of the economy - agriculture, water, health and forests -- in the four regions of the country," Ramesh said at a function here.

The four climatic regions are the Himalayas, Coastal India, the Western Ghats and the North East. He said North-East region is most important as it has the country`s 25 per cent of forest cover and will be most severely affected due to climate change.

"Hence, it is not just common and differentiated responsibilities but also common and differentiated impact of the global warming that we must know about," he added.

The report has been prepared by INCCA comprising about 220 scientists from 120 research institutions across the country.

The report on four sectors has come almost six months after Ramesh released the country`s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data `India: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007` which said the country`s emissions grew by 58 per cent during 1994 to 2007.

By announcing the latest emission data, India became the first developing country to publish such updated numbers which reflects of its strong domestic actions and is likely to strengthen the country`s negotiating positions at the UN meet on climate change at Cancun this month-end.

On the need for the 4x4 assessment report, the minister felt as the country is faced with a serious threat of climate change, "we need to know what would be the impact of such changes in the middle term, like by 2030, and not wait for reports that are predicting for 2050 or later."

Calling for immediate strong domestic climate actions involving community, he said, "We must response (to climate change) not because world community is saying us to do so but it is in our interest."

India has already announced its intention to reduce its emission intensity of the GDP by 20-25 per cent by 2020, while pursuing inclusive growth.


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