State Action Plans on Climate Change in India

In 2009 the Government of India directed all state governments and union territories to prepare State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC), consistent with the strategy outlined in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). Twenty two states in India have since initiated the process of drafting SAPCCs, putting in motion a dynamic process involving tie-ups with multiple stakeholders, formation of new committees, cross sectoral deliberations, workshops, and significantly, the marriage of new research and plans with existing policy programmes.

Procedurally, it has been a sizable effort at mapping regional climate vulnerability, examining future projections, arriving at sectoral implications, and framing actionable strategies. Environmental policy-making on such a grand scale however, is little studied and understood.