The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is well on its way to become a climate smart state. On Thursday, Chief Minister MK Stalin inaugurated a two-day Climate Change Summit in Chennai and laid down the roadmap on how he intends to turn the state into a ‘climate smart state’ in the coming years.
The flagship project will be helmed by Tamil Nadu Green Climate Change Company and will focus on decarbonisation of different sectors. Supriya Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary, Environment Climate Change and Forests Department, stressed on the need to be climate studious while setting financial models. Three important areas will be addressed at the ongoing summit– Green Tamil Nadu, climate change mission and preserving wetlands. The company will also work towards laying proper bio fencing around coastal regions, building climate smart villages and giving green ratings to industries and buildings.
Tamil Nadu is leading by example in the fight against climate crisis with its key initiatives, i.e climate change, biodiversity conservation and greenlands, and wetlands. The southern state of India has joined hands with Japan International Cooperation Agency and signed a memorandum in March. Japan's monetary assistance will help the state in conserving biodiversity. In a significant move, the government has also designated District Forest Officers (DFOs) as Climate Officers. Under the Green School initiative, 25 government schools will be converted into self-sufficient green schools. An amount of Rs 5 Crore has been allocated for this initiative.
During the Budget speech for the year 2021-2022, the TN government had announced the launch of the Tamil Nadu Climate Change Mission to embark on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation activities with a total outlay of Rs 500 Crore. In the last few months, a slew of projects have been implemented in the rural parts of the state. In 38 districts, a climate change mission has been set up, with an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bio-shields have also been set up around coastal areas in order to build climate smart villages.