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The state of Tamil Nadu will focus on creating Climate-Smart Villages in the 2022-23 financial year as part of its Climate Change Mission.

The idea of the mission is to understand the challenges and vulnerability faced by the village communities during climate change.

The state will develop future solutions to build climate resilience and increase adaptation and mitigation measures based on how the local community adapts to challenges and vulnerabilities.

It is to be noted that the state has earmarked Rs 77 crore for the Climate Change Mission, and a portion of this budget amount will be used for creating Climate-Smart Villages and a focused study on these villages.

Sources in the Tamil Nadu Forest and Environment Department told IANS that around Rs 50 crores would be spent on rehabilitating coastal habitats for climate change adaptations.

The department is planning to create bio shields by planting cashew, palmyra and casuarina trees and mangrove plantations in coastal districts of the state. This is to reduce soil erosion, salinity control and improvement of biodiversity. The forest and environment department will also focus on enhancing the growth of seagrass and coral reefs as they support marine biodiversity.

In another interesting development, the environment department will take up two temples for climate-proofing, one in Chennai and the other in Madurai. These are taken up as pilot projects for climate-resilient green temples.

The activities at the temples would efficiently include solar lighting, water and heat management, eco-restoration of temple tanks and removal of plastic products and microplastics from temple premises, as well as enrichment of temple gardens.

It may be recalled that the Tamil Nadu government had earlier set up a special purpose vehicle, ‘The Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company’ to efficiently implement the three missions, Green Tamil Nadu mission, TN Climate Change Mission and TN Wetlands Mission, for the improvement of green cover in the state and sustainable development.

The special purpose vehicle would involve academia, the private sector and those who champion the cause of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.

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