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Uttarakhand: Climate change plan for Uttarakhand approved by Centre by Seema Sharma June 23,2016   |  Source: The Times of India City

Uttarakhand's action plan on climate change was on Monday approved by the Union government. The aim of the plan is to achieve development in an "environment caring manner" so that the progress is sustainable. The Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change (UAPCC), formulated on the basis of the Centre's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), holds importance for the hill state as its several areas are disaster-prone. In June 2013, it was hit by flash flood in which thousands lost their lives. Committees tasked to find the cause of the calamity termed it as a man-made disaster. Illegal constructions on the banks of the Ganga River were one of the main causes behind the natural disaster. International agencies, like the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will provide experts and funds while the United Nation Development Program will monitor the entire programme.

The plan, which would require Rs 8,800 crore, will be implemented in two phases of three years each. Out of the total 15 sectors, in which the plan will be implemented, the emphasis will be laid on four sectors-- disaster, water, energy and forest. Forest department has been made nodal agency. "The impact of climate change is being felt all over the Himalayan region with rising temperatures,


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