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For Punjab’s agriculture, as a result of projected increase in temperature. They expect an increase of 6 – 8% in evapotranspiration from crops. Also expecting increasing the irrigation requirements. In irrigation, there would be a deficit of 14.4 billion cubic metres (BCM) in 2030s unless crop diversification takes place. For Punjab, annual mean temperature projecting to increase by 1.2 – 1.4 degree(s)C for 2021-2050 period relative to 1971-2000.
In addition, 11.61% of the state will have catastrophic soil erosion in the 2030s. Overall warming in Himachal Pradesh to increase, with Mean Annual Maximum temperature projected to rise by 1.1 – 1.9 degree(s)C for 2021-2050 period relative to 1971-2000.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) collaborating with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has completed a study on green growth development that provides insights and recommendations at the national level and particularly, in the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, with the aim of propelling them towards green growth and sustainable development.
In interactions with a TERI researcher, Honorable Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI, Shri Prakash Javadekar (click here to view in full) reaffirmed that the goal of poverty eradication can only be addressed through climate resilient green growth and sustainable development.
So as India steps up action after the Paris Climate Agreement, this project hopes to offer national and state level policy makers with new analysis, information and recommendations to design and make policies and programs. That’s also including the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDCs) to meet Sustainable Development Goals.
The multifarious challenges that the world faces today demand knowledge of climate and development impacts to enable current and new generations of decision-makers to engage and comprehend the complex interactions involving climate change and sustainable development. This project ‘Initiative on Green Growth and Development in India’ bears specific relevance towards the Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change, one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change.
The two-year-long project helps to understand required climate resilient green growth interventions on climate change, natural resource management, sustainable energy and inclusive development. Additionally, policy backgrounder on specific sectors such as industry, air pollution, agriculture, waste management, transport, buildings, and climate change offer a review of long-term sustainability challenges in India and suggest policy action and interventions to tackle these. These can be viewed at the web-link: www.teriin.org/projects/green
So the study looks at specific challenges faced by the state governments of Punjab and HP. All where developmental activities are heavily dependent on the states’ natural resources. In order to understand linkages between development outcomes and green interventions in Himachal Pradesh. So the project uses three models (climate, soil and water assessment, and energy analysis).
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SOURCE The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and NEW DELHI, February 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 26 May 15 | Author Leighann Morris | Insights
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