India to release first assessment report on climate change

Ahead of the UN meet on climate change in Mexico this month-end, India will, on Tuesday, release its first assessment report on the impact of global warming.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 16:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of the UN meet on climate change in Mexico this month-end, India will, on Tuesday, release its first assessment report on the impact of global warming on 4 key sectors, including forests and water in the country`s climatic regions like the Himalayas and the
north east.

Prepared by Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (INCAA), the assessment report will address the concerns about climate change on the natural resources and livelihoods of the people in the four identified regions, an Environment Ministry official said.

These climatic hotspots are the Himalayan, the north east, the Western Ghats and the coastal plains and the four sectors under study are agriculture, water, health and forests.

INCAA was set up last year by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh as a mechanism to evolve institutions as well as engage other agencies already working in the area of climate change.

Ramesh was of the opinion that the understanding of the implications of climate change at the regional and sub- regional levels is rather inadequate and there is a need to have domestic studies on the issue.

Comprising about 220 scientists from 120 research institutions across the country, INCAA had almost six months ago prepared 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 has become the first developing nation to publish such updated statistics which reflects its strong domestic actions and is likely to strengthen the country`s negotiating positions at the climate change meet at Cancun in Mexico in the month-end.

On `4x4` assessment report, Ramesh had recently said that in view of 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."

He said study of climate change in north-eastern region is most important as it has the country`s 25 per cent of forest cover and will be most severely affected by global warming.

PTI