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Climate Resilience Index For North Eastern Region Of India: Sikkim

Highlights from the Climate Resilience Index report by Reckitt’s that highlights why we need to focus on climate change

Climate Resilience Index For North Eastern Region Of India: Sikkim
The Climate Resilience Index by Reckitt measures the ability of a state to cope with climate risks.

New Delhi: According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, in India, there has been an increase in extreme weather events in last few years. The climate in the North Eastern Region (NER) of India has been reflective of this impact with greater intensity over the past few years. Keeping this reality in mind, Reckitt has come up with the Climate Resilience Index (CRI) for the North Eastern Region of India. It is designed to serve as a data-backed tool to facilitate decision-making for on-ground action plans, for states to implement.

What Is Climate Resilience Index?

The Climate Resilience Index (CRI) is a data-backed assessment that takes into consideration factors contributing to climatic vulnerability, existing adaptation mechanisms in place and ability of the system to bounce back in case of an adverse climatic event. The index thus measures the ability of a state to cope with climate risks.

Talking about the Climate Resilience Index initiative and why it has been drafted, Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President South Asia, Reckitt said,

A large part of North Eastern Region of India is nestled in the Indo Burma hotspot which is part of 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world and amongst 10 most threatened hotspots in the world. The region has witnessed considerable alterations in rainfall patterns over the last century, resulting in high degree of hydrological risks (flood and drought proneness). Erratic and untimely rainfall has led to widespread land degradation in the region caused either by water erosion or acidification presenting a range of challenges for both forest and agricultural land. The region that is bestowed with umpteen natural beauty beckons us to rise to the challenge to arrest risks related to climate change through a model that involves community, focusses on socio-economic well-being and health of the population.

He further said that the Climate Resilience Index is aimed at undertaking assessments that will contribute to the development of more targeted climate change projects tailored to the unique environmental and cultural sensitivities of each state in the region. He said,

The projects will be designed to support the implementation and the potential revisions of the State Action Plans on Climate Change.

Highlighting why North Eastern Region has been chosen, Ravi Bhatnagar, Director External Affairs and Partnerships SOA, Reckitt said,

The North Eastern Region has been relatively isolated and presents a unique opportunity to exemplify sustainable development given its significance as a bio-diversity hotspot and the socio-economic reliance of the region’s socio-economic development on natural resources.

Talking about the study done by Reckitt and what it highlights, Mr Bhatnagar said, “This study as a framework presents a relative comparison of the states in North Eastern Region with respect to:

• Vulnerability: dominance of factors affecting climate change
• Adaptability: coping and adaptive capacity
• Resilience: measures the ability to bounce back post an extreme event

It evaluates current initiatives of states to combat the potential risks and gives due consideration to stakeholder views from experiences on-ground projects. The focus is to bridge gaps identified in light of benchmarks and selected success stories from other parts of the globe.”

Also Read: Developing Climate Resilience Index (CRI) For The North Eastern Region Of India

The Climate Resilience Index by Reckitt measures the ability of a state to cope with climate risks. This assessment of gaps with recommendations have been drafted based on ground assessments, currently being piloted in two states – Sikkim and Nagaland.

Here are some of the highlights of Sikkim region mentioned in the report:

– There has been 20% increase in area under water-bodies from 2005-15 in Sikkim

– The report highlights that 10/300 glacial lakes here are identified as vulnerable to outburst floods

– The report further states that 7% area on an average (from 1953-2016) has been flood affected (highest amongst 7 studied North Eastern Region states)

– Talking about the division in the state, the report stated that South (76.27% forest cover) and West (66.38% forest cover) districts are drought-prone in lean monsoon months

– On the other hand, the report also states that the soil pH in the state is moderate to highly acidic, which is because of surface run-off on account of heavy rainfall

– The report also highlighted that the state reported approximately 61 cases of water borne diseases per 1,000 population in 2018-19. This is highest amongst the seven states studied in the North Eastern Region

– There also has been 21% decline in food-grain production in last 10 years in the state, according to the report

– The report also states that of the total species present in North Eastern Region, Sikkim has 1/60 amphibians, 65/1,324 of plants, 19/150 species of mammals, 11/550 of birds, which are threatened and endangered, which is because of climate change in the region

The climate resilience index report by Reckitt also lists down the potential focus areas for the state. According to the report:

– Sikkim should strengthen flood and drought management systems through water resource development in Flood prone districts: East and North and Drought prone districts: West and South

– The report also suggests that the state should promote agro-ecological and sustainable farming systems through Sikkim Organic Mission and strengthen marketing initiatives for “Organic Sikkim”

– The CRI report also mentions that the state should have community-based biodiversity conservation plans focussed on building conservation-based economies

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World

26,27,61,966Cases
22,35,18,265Active
3,40,28,506Recovered
52,15,195Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,27,61,966 and 52,15,195 have died; 22,35,18,265 are active cases and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,45,96,776 8,954Cases
99,0231,520Active
3,40,28,506 10,207Recovered
4,69,247 267Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,96,776 confirmed cases including 4,69,247 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,023 and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,35,658 678

11,226 299

64,83,435 942

1,40,997 35

Kerala

51,41,814 4,723

44,314 824

50,57,368 5,370

40,132 177

Karnataka

29,96,148 291

6,445 462

29,51,492 745

38,211 8

Tamil Nadu

27,26,917 720

8,244 47

26,82,192 758

36,481 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,909 184

2,149 47

20,56,318 134

14,442 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,399 12

89 3

16,87,399 8

22,911 1

West Bengal

16,16,083 705

7,731 2

15,88,866 694

19,486 13

Delhi

14,40,934 34

287 2

14,15,549 32

25,098

Odisha

10,49,108 228

2,188 23

10,38,509 203

8,411 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,813 34

318 0

9,92,902 34

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,785 15

193 6

9,45,637 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,475 40

275 13

8,17,108 27

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,170 20

119 7

7,82,523 27

10,528

Haryana

7,71,709 17

163 2

7,61,492 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,223 4

36 3

7,16,524 7

9,663

Telangana

6,75,994 196

3,591 10

6,68,411 184

3,992 2

Assam

6,16,852 144

2,625 30

6,08,124 109

6,103 5

Punjab

6,03,279 21

325 4

5,86,352 22

16,602 3

Jharkhand

3,49,244 12

98 3

3,44,006 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,255 28

141 9

3,36,706 19

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,852 171

1,625 1

3,30,751 172

4,476

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,195 102

834 10

2,22,513 91

3,848 1

Goa

1,78,928 38

284 8

1,75,260 30

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,175 365

3,751 54

1,30,927 415

497 4

Puducherry

1,28,924 31

284 12

1,26,768 43

1,872

Manipur

1,25,205 36

649 6

1,22,579 40

1,977 2

Tripura

84,805 14

81 3

83,900 10

824 1

Meghalaya

84,480 19

294 9

82,713 9

1,473 1

Chandigarh

65,465 9

65 7

64,580 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,276 3

35 0

54,961 3

280

Sikkim

32,242 9

124 3

31,715 6

403

Nagaland

32,122 13

133 7

31,293 20

696

Ladakh

21,578 38

276 26

21,088 12

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 0

10,319

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683

6 2

7,548 2

129

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