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Friday, July 4, 2008

India's National Action Plan

The Prime Minister of India has released the nation's National Action Plan on Climate Change. The 47 page document outlines proposed actions across a range of areas from energy efficiency to management of Himalayan ecosystems. Interestingly, although the report acknowledges upfront the importance of both mitigation and adaptation measures, it avoids some of the traditional language of adaptation when discussing what would normally be viewed as conventional adaptation actions. For example, in discussiong national "missions" for agriculture, ecosystems, and water resources, the report adheres to the lexicon of sustainability and resilience, which I believe ulimately forces one to look at the implications of climate change in their larger social and environemental context. The report also acknowledges the fact that new institutional arrangements will have to implemented to effectively manage the plan's various missions.

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