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State Government Ministers moot the idea of an Environment Council to effectively implement climate action at all levels – ThePrint

State Government Ministers moot the idea of an Environment Council to effectively implement climate action at all levels – ThePrint

New Delhi [India]ANI/NewsVoir: The implementation of climate action, whether it is mitigation, adaptation, or resilience, often falls on the state governments, the ministers who took part in Thursday’s World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), in New Delhi, suggested the creation of an environmental council consisting of representatives from the Centre as well as the states.

“On the lines of the GST Council, if we have the environment and forest ministers of all states along with the Union Minister of Environment in a council, I think that is where we can set targets and policies at the national level and implement at the state level,” said Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Minister of Environment, Government of Maharashtra at a ‘Ministerial Session on Sub-national Leadership for Inclusive Green Growth’ at The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI) annual flagship event. You can view the session. Here.

Echoing Thackeray’s suggestion, Dr. Palanivel Thiagarajan, Finance Minister, Tamil Nadu, said, “Lot of implementation needs happen at the local body, district and the state level. While policies are framed at the national level, bulk of the work is to be done at these levels.”

Emphasising the crucial role of sub-national governance to tackle climate change as well as aid green growth, James K Sangma, Minister for Forest and Environment, Government of Meghalaya, said, “The need of the hour is to have a concerted effort where all the states come together, put aside their differences and work collectively.” Pointing out that Meghalaya along with Arunachal Pradesh forms the biggest carbon sinks crucial for India to honour the commitments made at The Paris Agreement, Sangma also put forth the need for the North-Eastern region to be a unique green laboratory. “Meghalaya aspires to be a leader to create a green bloc coalition to find solutions to fast depleting natural assets,” he added.

Ministers at the session highlighted the need to develop new measures and yardsticks for assessing and addressing climate change-related impacts. Thackeray suggested publishing an annual environment report. “We can think of an ‘Ease of Living’ report that lists out environmental steps and targets, and what can be done in terms of climate action such as mitigation, adaptation and resilience,” he observed.

Noting that the diversity between states is vast and so are their needs and capacities, Dr. Thiagarajan observed that for India to achieve the target of net-zero by 2070, “A state like Tamil Nadu has to get there no later than 2050 for it to be a realistic outcome for rest of India as we are far ahead in terms of the average per capita income and per capita consumption, education and growth.”

In the session moderated by Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI, and Ajay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, Atul Bagai, Country Director – India, United Nations Environment Programme, stressed the need for the States to take up green budgeting in a big way and to draw up district-level maps for an inclusive green economy.

Dipak Kumar Sing, Principal Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, Government of Bihar, stated strategies should be broken down into actionable points that can be easily understood and taken action for all levels of government and citizens. Shantanu Gotmare (Commissioner and Secretary, Government of Assam) stressed the importance of formulating strategies that include green alternatives across all sectors.

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