CENTRE for CLIMATE CHANGE
Recognizing the catastrophic problem of Global Climate Change, the EMRPI, established the Centre for Climate Change to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio economic information relevant to Climate Change and understanding its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. As entrusted by the Government of Karnataka, the work of preparing the “Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) – 1st Assessment” was undertaken by EMPRI. The KSAPCC has outlined various challenges and has also given feasible action points to be implemented by various sectors of administration in the state.
EMPRI has also been designated as the State Nodal Agency for Climate Change for Karnataka.It is essential to anchor all climate related knowledge available in every nook and corner of the state in a common platform and make it available to use as knowledge products, information and data to undertake climate compatible planning, implementation and monitoring, which will help to facilitate respective stakeholders in undertaking activities and projects on climate change. The Government of Karnataka has approved a new scheme to strengthen the capacity of EMPRI as the Nodal Agency. EMPRI has also submitted the proposal to establish a climate change unit for implementation of SAPCC action points and training the executive staff from various sectors of public administration in the State of Karnataka. Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change provided funds for Capacity Building training programs.
In view of the long-term nature of the climate change issue and the very broad scope and dimensions of the problem, it will be important to develop a diverse portfolio of capacity-building interventions in a targeted and strategic manner. The assistance of Mission for Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change programme (NMSKCC) of Department of Science and Technology is being sought to address the state's concern through setting up the institution structure, identification of people and skill set for augmenting existing capacities, plan mechanism for acquiring people and skill sets for addressing climate change, identification of funding sources for implementing the action plan and training need assessment and training partners. The purpose of the State Knowledge Centre as envisaged in the objectives of NMSKCC is to strengthen the capacity at Karnataka State level to address climate issues and to integrate climate change and development imperative in policy, plans and programmes in various sectors. It is also envisaged to establish a Climate Change Interpretation Centre at EMPRI to impart knowledge on climate change to all the sectors of the society.