Representational image: Storm clouds over Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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The Tamil Nadu government is set to allocate funds for climate change mitigation efforts in the revised state budget for the financial year 2021-2022.

A senior official with the Department of Environment, Tamil Nadu told IANS that the budget, which is to be presented in the house on August 13, is likely to be ideal for working on the climate change and warnings from experts on the erosion of the Tamil Nadu coastline.

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin spoke of the matter in his inaugural address in an international seminar on ‘Ensuring food and nutrition security in the context of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic’, organised by the MSSRF. He said that the state government identifies climate change as a major issue and plans to tackle it with all the resources.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has stated the possibility of extreme weather in Tamil Nadu creating a significant threat to the coastline in the state. In its study based on the IPCC report, NASA has warned that Chennai is one of the 12 coastal cities in India that might get submerged underwater by the end of the century.

The Tamil Nadu government has already prepared a report to revise the state action plan on climate change following a suggestion from the Union Environment Ministry. The Tamil Nadu State Action Plan on Climate Change (TNSAPCC 2.0) was prepared with a German agency’s support and is currently being revised with state-specific impacts and vulnerability following the intervention of the Union Environment ministry.

The Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu, is the nodal agency for implementing climate change programmes and coordinating with other state agencies for submitting proposals to various bodies like Green Climate Fund (GCF) and National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC). These proposals are to be submitted in consultation with the National Bank for Agriculture Development (NABARD).

The state-specific action plan, a revised form of the existing TNSAPCC 2.0, will emphasise health, gender, disaster management, mitigation, sustainable development goals and composite vulnerable index for the state and the districts. It will be based on the 63 indicators mentioned by the Union Environment ministry.

Union Minister of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Purushottam Rupala, had said in Parliament on Tuesday that the country’s coastline is under the threat of erosion and that Tamil Nadu ranks fourth as 41% of its coastal line may be eroded.

The Department of Environment is also envisaging an environmental awareness programme among the masses focusing on school children as part of a long-term strategy to include the general public in its effort to mitigate climate change and, in particular, sea erosion, which is an immediate threat for the state.

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