The Arunachal Cabinet on Saturday approved the ‘Pakke Declaration’, an initiative aiming at promoting “climate-resilient development” in the state.
As per an official release, the announcement is the first of its kind by any state government in the country.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu hailed the declaration and called it a “historic and significant milestone” during the celebration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, an initiative of the Government of India to honour and remember 75 years of independence
The cabinet meeting led by Khandu was held outside the state capital for the first time at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Pakke Kessang district.
The 'Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 Declaration on Climate Change Resilient and Responsive Arunachal Pradesh' envisions a multi-sectoral approach to low-emission and climate-resilient development based on five broad themes, or Panch Dharas: environment, forest, and climate change; health and well-being of all; sustainable and adaptive living; livelihoods and opportunities; and evidence generation and collaborative action.
A few of the 75 strategies of the plan are protecting forest cover, restoring degraded forests, reducing health vulnerability due to climate change and extreme weather events, developing master plans for all urban areas that reflect local climate change-induced risks, adopting efficient irrigation measures, and promoting entrepreneurship.
“The action plan will be implemented with sector-specific resource allocation within respective budgetary envelopes for coordinated and methodical engagements to immediately address and mitigate climate change's impact,” the government press release stated.
The Chief Minister assured that the government would do all possible to "protect people from the challenges posed by climate change and its impact on biodiversity" by tackling both economic and ecological threats.
During the cabinet meeting, Kaiser-e-Hind, a rare butterfly species, was chosen as the state butterfly.
Also, the Department of Environment and Forest has been renamed the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.