Aizawl, Oct 1: A joint initiative of Environment & Forest Department, Government of Mizoram and various organizations, namely- Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) and North East India Committee on Relief & Development (NEICORD), State Level Consultation Workshop on Climate Change was today held here in Aizawl at NLUP Conference Hall.
The participants included good number of Church leaders and NGO leaders and Lalrinmawia Ralte, Environment & Forest Minister, also graced as Chief Guest.
Addressing the Consultation Workshop, Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte reminded the gathering that the last 15 years had been considered as the hottest period in history and also that 2014 was considered the hottest year ever.
Highlighting the impact of climate change on India in terms of reduction in agriculture output and a great loss in both materials and human lives due to diseases, storms, landslides, floods, drought and other natural calamities, the Minister called for collective effort, saying that each and every individual has responsibility in preventing the rapid climate change.
He expressed his hope that the Consultation Workshop on Climate Change would come up with a good action plan and bring a good result.
Lalram Thanga, Principal Secretary & PCCF, on his part spoke on how the method of cultivation in rural areas and rapid increase of vehicles in Mizoram has adverse impact on the climate, and also called for effort of each and every individual in order to have sustainable development.
Lalram Thanga mentioned that following the pattern of Central government, Mizoram has also kept Climate Change under Environment & Forest Department since August, 2015.Before this, it was kept under Science & Technology Department.
Insightful and informative papers on climate change were presented by experts and the same discussed during the 3 technical sessions of the workshop in the day.
The discussion during the workshop included how the people and the government together can take steps in encountering the problems created by Climate change in different ways and how to lessen its impact.
A Consultation Workshop of this kind has been organised at national and state level in a phased manner since June last.
The main objective of the Consultation Workshop was a discussion on State Action Plan on Climate Change (2012-17) of Mizoram so that it may be taken up to National level and even International level.