REVISITING THE SAPCC

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

It can’t be denied that there has been a drastic negative shift in the climate patterns during the past few decades especially on account of merciless felling of the green gold especially in Jammu and Kashmir. The results are in front of us in the form of devastating floods, flash floods, massive soil erosions and a lot more. Such shifts though may not seem to have any immediate impact but definitely are going to prove disastrous for the food production in the agriculture sector. It is not this Union Territory alone but other parts of the nation too that are witnessing the phenomenon of unprecedented changes in weather pattern resulting in unexpected damages. While the key phrase to address this serious issue is ‘Sustainable Development’ at the same time State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) provide well tailored pathways for achieving the desired results. It needs to be realized that addressing the climate issue is not an individual concern but a global concern that needs to be addressed jointly at the global level. It needs to be understood by one and all that nations, whether developed, the developing or the underdeveloped ones, all stand victimized by the natural disasters on account of global warming and climate change. In this regard the prime responsibility lies upon the world leaders especially those representing the developed world. Though ‘Sustainable Development’ means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as envisaged in the drafts at different global conferences on the issue, yet it is not as simple as it seems to be. The issue is very complex especially in view of ground implementation being far from the statements in declarations, with the underdeveloped and the developing nations always being at the receiving end due to their poor say in the global affairs. In such a situation there is a need for urgent, integrated and effective climate actions and in this regard State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) are potentially most impactful pathways to reverse the climate change with funds from designated agencies and by the national government under the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change. A ground analysis of the SAPCC implementation reveals that these have functioned as a stand-alone document with limited recognition of the activities of other line departments, which if integrated, can bring forth collective climate action. However to tackle the severity of the challenge of climate impacts, today there is a dire need for revision of SAPCC. Besides the revision these must be accompanied with a long-term strategy for up-scaled and effective climate actions grounded in strengthened human and financial capacities as well as innovations in governance structures and institutions. Further for undertaking climate actions and replication, while the focus is largely concentrated on finance, its access and its mobilization within means of implementation and capacity building needs a greater focus. Initiating all the requisite measures cumulatively would enable us to achieve the original intent of providing a directional shift in the development pathways through implementation of revised SAPCC in letter and spirit. It is hoped that the concerned stakeholders especially the Govt revisit SAPCC and revise the same as per the current scenario.