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Second phase of State Climate Change Action Plan to be ready by March




 State government will finalize the second phase of the Climate Change Action plan 2017-22 by March next year. It was earlier scheduled to be ready by January 2018.

As per the draft action plan, Odisha would require an investment of about 28,000 crore, said sources here today.

However, after budgetary allocation by the State of about Rs 20,000 crore, there will be a shortfall of Rs. 8000 crore, they said.

Notably, Odisha has become the first state to get USD 34 million grant from the Green Climate fund.

This was revealed during a workshop on Climate Investment in Odisha, organized by CTRAN Consulting, a leading Climate change advisory firm involved in the formation of the action plan.

The workshop was organized on the occasion of the completion of 10 year of CTRAN.

Managing Director CTRAN Dr Ashok Singha highlighted various aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation, the impact of climate change on Odisha and how CTRAN has been working across the country, including Odisha and countries of the world to address these emerging challenges.

Singha said as per the draft State Action Plan on Climate Change for the period 2017-22, the climate investment requirement is about Rs 26592.04 crore for Odisha.

Even providing for generous funds in the budget, the State may have additional funding requirement of Rs 8000-9000 crore. Therefore, all possible avenues for arranging climate investment is being explored.

Chairperson CTRAN Prof Runa Sarkar highlighted the fact that a home grown consulting firm CTRAN in Odisha, in a short span of ten years have received national and international acclaim and contributed to important areas of climate change discourse.

BASIX Group CEO D Sattaiah and other directors were also present in the occasion.

CTRAN organized two technical sessions and paper presentation in the theme of climate change and sustainability and senior officials from government and private sector deliberated on these issues.






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