SUBJECT : Inauguration of Odisha State Climate Change Cell Website 

Inauguration of Odisha State Climate Change Cell Website

Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Bikram Keshari Arukha has inaugurated website of State Climate Change Cell (www.climatechangecellodisha.org) on 20.04.2016. Climate change is right now a global phenomenon in the world. Its devastating consequences can be felt in many regions of the world. Many scientists opined that Global warming, natural calamities and rising of sea level are gradually escalating due to climate change. This results in submergence of many lands associated with damage to coastal area settlements, plants, animals etc. It is therefore very essential to take preventive measures.  The first draft Climate Change Action Plan was prepared in the year 2010 to accelerate the activities to curb the impact of climate change in our state. Odisha was the first state to prepare this Action Plan and set an example for all other states.  With the cooperation of 11 line departments, several key activities have been taken into account from the identified activities in the State Action Plan on Climate Change and Agriculture & Farmers' Empowerment, Energy, Housing & Urban Development, Water Resources and Forest & Environment dept. have taken remarkable steps to mitigate the impact of climate change.  Basing on the experience gained from previously prepared reports and achievements till date, the Government has prepared State Action Plan on Climate Change for the period 2015-2020 for a long term Climate Change Prevention System and this Action Plan has been uploaded in the website www.climatechangecellodisha.org. In this regard concerned departments, Institutions and general public are requested to give their valuable comments/suggestions/views in odishaclimatecell@gmail.com. After getting these comments and suggestions from public and the stakeholder Institutions the report will be finalised and implemented. 

Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra; Sri Sashi Bhusan Samant, Director, Environment-cum-Special Secretary; Dr. Sailabala Padhi, Director, Centre for Environmental Studies and other high officials of the Department were present in the function.