Meghalaya legislators come together to discuss Climate Change

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SHILLONG, Sept 13 (Newmai): A Legislators’ Orientation and Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation chaired by Ferlin Sangma, Chairperson of the Meghalaya State Council for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (MSCCC&SD), was held on Thursday to provide a platform for state  legislators to discuss the pressing concerns of Climate Change, shifting weather patterns and strengthen the State’s capacity at catalyzing climate change adaptation resources and inclusive development planning to sync with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, while gracing the occasion as chief guest stated that the idea behind the programme is to make each one recognize the impending ramifications of climate change which can threaten food production and increase the risk of calamitous flooding.

“I urge 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, you 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,” Conrad said.

He also urged the Chairperson of the MSCCC&SD to organise similar initiatives at different levels so that complete clarity is gained by all stakeholders.

The Advisor to the Government, Thomas Sangma raised concerns about the imminent migration from neighbouring 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, Thomas Sangma said.

The MLA of Mawsynram constituency, HM Shangpliang 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.

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 were P Sampat Kumar, CEO MBDA and CVD Diengdoh Addl Secretary, Government of Meghalaya who proposed the vote of thanks.

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).

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