State Climate Change Planning: Has it Reached the Mainstream?

State Climate Change Planning: Has it Reached the Mainstream?

By ELIZABETH GOGOI
in India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development
Edited by Navroz K Dubash
Oxford University Press
2019

In 2009 India began one of the world’s largest exercises in sub-national planning for climate change, with the launch of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) preparation process. How have the SAPCCs fared over the last ten years and what does this say about the potential and challenges of state climate change planning? This chapter explores the evolving concept of state climate change planning in India, and whether and how implementation of SAPCCs has occurred and the challenges surrounding it. It uses examples from six states (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha) to draw out trends in terms of both the status of SAPCC implementation but also evidence of wider mainstreaming of adaptation within development planning. The experience of these states suggest that state climate change planning is motivated and influenced by different and varied local factors, particularly governance related challenges.

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