Odisha [India] climate plan deficiencies: What needs to be done?
Sudarshan Chhotoray – Pioneer – Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The formulation and finalisation of Odisha Climate Change Action Plan (OCCAP) has been a step in right direction. But due to lack of involvement of stakeholders the plan has been directionless and inconclusive.
It is evident that climate change impacts the socially and economically vulnerable disproportionately, especially in those areas prone to natural hazards and disasters. Rural poor, tribals and women in most developing countries are among the most vulnerable as they are highly dependent on the natural environment for their livelihood and other needs. Their deprivation, poverty and inequality undermine the social capital to deal effectively with climate change. In this context, gender equality and women’s empowerment is very important for women to deal with or adapt to the effects of climate change.
Women need to be assimilated while formulatiung policies in areas, including forest, agriculture, water and renewable energy etc. Their views must be taken care of in deliberations on climate change impacts at both the national and international levels. Capacity building for alternative livelihoods is an essential part of climate change adaptation and mitigation . . .
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