Climate Change is anticipated to have adverse effects on key aspects of human development and ecosystem sustainability. Projected impacts of climate change for India include increases in temperature, shifts in precipitation patterns, sea level rise, and extreme events. Telangana is in semi-arid zone and has a predominantly hot and dry climate. Many of the states critical sectors – such as agriculture, water and forests – are likely to get adversely impacted by climate change.
The State Government has notified EPTRI as a Nodal Agency for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Centre for Climate Change in Andhra Pradesh (AP) vide G.O Ms. No. 101 EFS&T (Env. Dept) dated 19.11.2001. EPTRI prepared the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) for combined AP and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) approved the report in April, 2013.
The Government of Telangana has notified EPTRI as a Nodal Agency for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Centre for Climate Change in telangana vide G.O Ms. No. 06EFS&T (Env. Dept) dated 17.03.2016 . EPTRI prepared the SAPCC for Telangana and after approval of State State Steering Committee under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary of Telangana submitted to MoEF & CC. The report is available in MOEF & CC website (http://www.moef.gov.in/sites/default/files/Telangana.pdf).EPTRI as a nodal agency on climate change has been preparing project proposals for accessing finances from various national (NAFCC, MOEF& CC) and International Agencies (GCF).
EPTRI is conducting capacity building programmes on climate change for various line departments of Telangana. As the focus of climate change discourse is moving from the global to local level, responses to climate change in the local context, face significant obstacles. It is often felt that on one side, there is a dearth of reliable state specific information and data on climate change and on the other hand, existing data is not being shared prudently. The information based on research done by various institutes is mostly embedded within the institutes and organizations themselves, leading to the creation of knowledge silos. There is need to bring this knowledge onto one platform from where it can be used by multiple stakeholders. The experiences of formulation of Telangana State Action Plan on Climate Change also reinforced the need for knowledge management in the state for climate change issues. It was observed that there is need to take forward the issues faced at the local level and to find innovative solutions to address them. The indigenous knowledge that exist in the state needs to be documented and brought into light so that it can be used at a larger platform. There is also need to build the capacity of various stakeholders to help them better understand climate change and related issues and then take right and sustainable decision.