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Climate Change Vulnerability most in Northeast India, blame poor economic conditions

March 15, 2019 1:22 PM |

Northeast IndiaNortheast India, the land of lush greenery and picturesque mountains is a delight for every traveler, and a source of envy for those who live far away from those mountainous paradise. However, the bad news is that despite all the green cover and the environment, the northeastern region is very vulnerable to the effects of the Climate Change.

Blame the poor economic conditions of the region, which does not allow them to fight against what Climate Change has to offer.

This is India’s first climate vulnerability assessment report for Himalayan states, which has taken states including Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Sub Himalayan West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir.

report found that financial variables like poor per capita income, constrained crop insurance, couple of farmers taking loans and less participation in rural job schemes to improve the powerlessness of individuals living in the northeastern states.

On the other hand, North Indian states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are all the more exposed to seismic tremors, avalanches and floods, they are monetarily better equipped to manage such disasters than their eastern partners

“For the first time, a common framework has been used to produce a comparable vulnerability map up to the district level,” Shyamasree Dasgupta, assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi and who is one of the authors of the reports

Report compiled by IIT Guwahati and IIT Mandi, would help distinguish the territories where interventions are required and thus, investment would be prioritized, she included.

Vulnerability evaluation is critical for Himalayan states on account of their affectability to climate change, whose effect is being felt in zones as assorted as health and agriculture

The greater part of the region is experiencing a huge long haul change in the recurrence and power of outrageous temperature and precipitation occasions in the course of the most recent decade.

While every one of the 12 states completed their own assessment previously, the requirement for re-trying the activity under a typical system was felt on the grounds that the current reports are not equivalent because of contrasts in approachs and indicators.

"Likewise in 2014, the United Nations Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change in its fifth evaluation adjusted the idea of vulnerability, which none of the states considered while setting up their very own assessments," Dasgupta said.

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