Union Government approved Gujarat State Climate Change Action Plan 2015-2020

May 15, 2015 12:00 IST

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on 14 May 2015 approved the Gujarat State Climate Change Action Plan 2015-2020. The plan was submitted in August 2014.

In the action plan, the state government proposed to invest more than 21000 crore rupees to create environment-friendly water resource management, public health projects, forest and environment improvement projects and agriculture improvement projects by 2020.

The plan also suggests radical changes in the functioning of government in nine sectors including agriculture, water resource management, healthcare, forest and biodiversity, renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, urban development, vulnerable community and green jobs.

The plan was prepared by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Background
Gujarat was the first state to set up first climate change department, but was amongst the last states to get approval for its action plan from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. The plan raised serious concerns about the socio-economic and environmental impact of climate change.

Moreover, it suggested huge investments in building new infrastructure to mitigate the impact of climate change and also stressed upon radical policy changes in governance, industries and other sectors.

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