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Union Government approved Capacity Building Scheme and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Climate Change

Jan 22, 2014 14:16 IST

Union Government of India approved to set up Capacity Building scheme and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Climate Change on 21 January 2014.

The Capacity Building Scheme will attempt to build capacity at both centre and state levels to assess impact of climate change and associated risks. The Scheme will be worth 290 crore rupees. Besides, it will undertake and augment various activities in consonance with the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and State Action Plan on Climate change.

image On the other hand, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Climate Change Studies and Action will be an autonomous body which will have four key functional areas. The areas are related to

• Environmental- scientific assessments and modeling
• economic and legal analysis
• monitoring and policy making
• Training, capacity building and advocacy and database, documentation and inventory management.

A committee of secretaries (CoS) will soon take a call on structure of institute and the time period for its completion. The Committee of Secretaries will comprise of secretaries in the ministries of environment and forest, finance, renewable energy, agriculture, water resources and earth science.

image About National Action plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)

The National Action plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was launched in 2008 by the Union Government. It is comprised of eight government missions projecting India’s contribution towards combating climate change.

NAPCC includes action plan on solar energy, enhanced energy efficiency, sustainable habitat, conserving water, sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem, a Green India mission, sustainable agriculture and strategic knowledge platform for Climate Change.


The State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) should be in line with the objectives of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and ensure its implementation at the State level.

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