Need to Asses Climate Change..!

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Development and Climate Change, Disaster and Emergency, Disasters and Climate Change, Government Policies, International Agencies, News, Resilience, Vulnerability

Times of India: Cautioning that the Uttarakhand disaster may be a warning towards “extreme weather”, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Monday said detailed assessment of impact of climate change is needed.

Speaking at the inauguration of South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, Reddy said: “Nothing more serious could have been witnessed. It is an example of extreme weather events we all are concerned about.”

“We need to make a serious efforts to understand the implication of such disaster to which south Asia is vulnerable. The pace at which climate change is taking place… we need to focus on some key areas,” he said.

Asked if the ecological imbalance created in the Himalayan area had any direct role in causing the disaster, Reddy said: “There is no doubt that ecological imbalance has been created in the Himalayas. But it did not have a direct role in this particular disaster, though it made the impact higher.”

“Nature can be so overwhelming. Even a country like Japan, which has a highly developed disaster warning system, was devastated,” he said.

Reddy added that inability to give exact forecast of rain was also a major factor.

“The forecast should be able to tell the exact intensity of rain in terms of millimeter per hour,” he said.

“India is planning to start aircraft probing of cyclones,” Reddy said.

“The aircraft will fly in the eye of the storm, and the observation can reduce error in forecast. This will be useful for the entire south Asia region,” he said.

Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India and Chair of India’s United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) Lise Grande lauded India’s rescue operation and the role of the Indian army.

“The way the army dealt with the rescue operation is very heroic,” she said.

Grande said the need of the hour was to asses the possible damage due to climate change and act immediately.

David McLoughlin, deputy representative, Unicef India, said: “We need to develop resilience at the local level, not waiting for the first emergency to come,” he said.



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One Comment to “Need to Asses Climate Change..!”

  1. Girish Mishra says:

    Dear Members,
    Looking at the disaster which has struck the Holy land of Uttarakhand, I think we have to start making a report of the lessons learnt, not only malpractices in construction and exploitation of natural resources, but also try to understand the socio-economic issues of the local people..Once the report is ready, we have to start building up a knowledge bank with the ideas of various professionals, politicians and localites..Some of the points to be covered shall be as follows:
    1. Immediate recovery plan to get back Uttarakhand on its feet.
    2. Mitigation plan to avoid further damage to the ecology and the sentiments of the people.
    3. Adaptation plan so as to accept the damage already done and implement a way to go ahead and start living with the current change in climate due to global warming and deforestation, which cannot be reversed very easily.
    3. Sustainable ECO-Development plan to see how we can construct new ways by blending the requirement of infrastructure and socio-economic with ecological sensitivity and local sentiments.
    4. Also a point to be discussed shall be the geo-engineering, by which we can recover the damage by a faster means. The damage done to nature is beyond repair and might take years for it to heal on herself. In spite we use geo-engineering ways to speed up this process and help it recover faster.
    The ideas above are just a start and have just rushed out spontaneously from my mind. I hope you all will help me to improvise it further.

    Girish Mishra

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