Uttarakhand Centre on Climate Change

Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC) has established ‘Uttarakhand Centre on Climate Change’ at Kumaun University in May 2010, which is mandated to work towards bringing awareness in the society on climate change, and promote the applications of different technologies for mitigation of the impact of climate change. The main activities of Centre on Climate Change are:

To conduct research on different aspects of climate change implications

To organize seminars, workshops and conferences on topics related to climate change,

To publish relevant research materials, bulletins, periodicals, reports, newsletters and books on the subject,

To disseminate the knowledge of climate change in schools, colleges and universities by organizing workshops and also through curriculum development; and

To offer consultancy in the field of climate change in coordination with concerned organizations, institutions and universities, the Centre has formed the following eight Core Working Groups (CWG), representing different sectors, for developing database for climate change studies:

  • Climate Change& Hydrospheric Interactions
  • Climate Change & Biospheric Interactions
  • Climate Change & Atmospheric Interactions
  • Climate Change & Agro-system Linkages
  • Climate Change & Socio-Economic Interactions
  • Climate Change & Natural Hazard and Disaster Linkages
  • Climate Change & Policy, Governance Linkages and Modeling
  • Climate Change & Awareness, Education and Documentation.

Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change

The UAPCC integrates the action plan of Uttarakhand with the ongoing and proposed developmental programmes in the state, and in tandem with the eight national missions along with the principles and guidelines listed out in the NAPCC. The state government initiated the process for preparation of the UAPCC and the State Council for Climate Change (SCCC) was constituted in 19 January, 2011, under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, comprising 29 members including Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries in charge of various line departments as well as other senior government officials. After multiple stakeholder workshops spread over one and a half years, the UAPCC was approved b by the State Council of Climate Change, presided by the Chief Secretary, on 23 December 2013, with the  focus on the following 12 sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Forests and Biodiversity
  • Animal Husbandry and Livestock
  • Disaster Management
  • Human Health
  • Urban Development
  • Water Resources
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Roads
  • Industries
  • Transport