The Copenhagen Summit held last year brought forth several recommendations and highlighted the immediate requirements for combating/mitigating climate change. Though the Summit came up with a mixed bag of events and resolutions, it is important to take forward the recommendations and build on the positive aspects. We also need to ensure that the national and international policies, strategies and actions are fully informed by the results, outcomes and perspectives coming from field actions in climate change.
Towards achieving the above goal, IUCN, along with UNDP, MSSRF, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Alliance and Development Alternatives (DA) have established a Steering Group to guide the National Policy Dialogue event on Climate Change Adaptation (NPDCCA), scheduled to take pace in New Delhi on the 12th November, 2010. The objective is to link grass roots action to policy debate and science through up-scaling and knowledge sharing among the various stakeholders.
Policy dialogues are highly effective when issue-based discussion papers together with policy and strategy prescriptions are clearly articulated and are based on the different interests of multiple stakeholders. Hence he processes leading to the National Policy Dialogue would also link adequately with the Government of India (GoI), both at the State and the Union Government, so as to align with the ongoing efforts of GoI on the preparation of ‘State Level Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change’.
In preparation for this national level event, several smaller events have been held or are planned prior to November. They include:
• 1-2nd July, 2010 Pune: Workshop on Practical Climate Change Actions in Semi Arid Areas: Linking Practical lessons and views from the grassroots/ implementation level
to policies and programmes.
• 8-9th November, 2010 Chennai: Consultations will be held with state-level agencies and national-level organizations on the selected thematic core priorities. IUCN India will lead the session on “biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services”.
• 12th November, 2010 New Delhi: A National seminar will be held where policy papers prepared on each of the thematic core priorities will be presented for policy advocacy at the national level.
The working documents on the four identified thematic core priority areas will bring out the issues, challenges and constraints in a clear, crisp and credible manner based on field lessons and experiences. The final outputs from the National Policy Dialogue should be such that they help communities as well as the nation as a whole enhancing their adaptive capacities in the face of climate change.