Release of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report for MP

“Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report for MP” released by Hon’ble Environment Minister on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018

The impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt around the world. In the context of Madhya Pradesh, it may become a major environmental threat to the State’s development progress in the coming decades as it could have adverse impacts on food security, natural resources, human health and economic activities. With most of the population dependent on the climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and forestry for livelihood, any adverse climatic impacts on these sectors will undermine the development efforts of the State. Hence, it becomes imperative to first develop a better scientific understanding of the climate change risks, vulnerability & associated impacts.

The study to assess the climate change risks and vulnerabilities of Madhya Pradesh was taken up under the collaborative project of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change (SKMCCC), EPCO, Department of Environment, GoMP, understanding that Adaptation is the State’s key concern with respect to Climate Change.

Realizing that Vulnerability Assessment (VA) would support in formulating robust adaptation strategies for climate actions and in integrating climate change concerns in sub-national planning processes, the State Government agreed to undertake this study. This study incorporates recent advancements in climate science and the latest emission scenarios adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 5th Assessment report.

Two key challenges before embarking on such a comprehensive State Level assessment was ensuring participation from stakeholders and collecting requisite data from different sectors for different timelines. Uncertainties and constraints of modelling, availability of data across sectors and different timelines, projections for different time scales etc. added to the complexities.

The current vulnerability assessment study is an important milestone towards enhancing the understanding of climate change and its impacts on the key sectors which would assist the policymakers and other stakeholders in developing a range of adaptation options in the future.

Attachments :

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Executive Summary
Technical Report on Current & Future Climate Change Projections
Technical Report on Climate Change Impacts
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report for MP

published date:June 6, 2018
View All Images