The State Climate Change Cell (SCCC) of Mizoram was created on 25th November, 2014 with the financial support from the Climate Change Programme (CCP) Division (the then Strategic Programme Large Initiatives Coordinated Actions Enabler (SPLICE) and Climate Change Programme (CCP) Division) of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India through the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The project Phase-I was completed by the end of FY2019-2020. The project Phase II (Strengthening the State Climate Change Cell under NMSHE (Phase 2) for the state of Mizoram) was then continued under the further support from the CCP division of DST, Govt. of India from FY 2021 to 2022.
There are three project staff along with two project investigators currently working under the cell. The Mizoram SCCC has been functioning under the aegis of Mizoram Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC), Directorate of Science Technology, Govt. of Mizoram. The Cell concentrates in implementation of its own project objectives whilst meeting the requirements of the mission objectives of the NMSHE under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), Government of India. Simultaneously, the Mizoram SCCC has been given the responsibility of a leading role by Government of Mizoram to implement the mission objectives of the Strategic Knowledge Mission (SKM) under the Mizoram State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Since the inception of the Mizoram State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), the Mizoram SCCC has been an active member of the Mizoram State Climate Change Coordination Group (CCCG) coordinated by Environment, Forest & Climate Change Department, Government of Mizoram.
The major activities conducted by Mizoram SCCC can be broadly categorized as below: -
- National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE):
- Vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment
- Institutional Capacity building and R&D
- Training programmes for stakeholders
- Public awareness for community
- Strategic Knowledge Mission (SKM) of Mizoram SAPCC:
- Development of knowledge management on climate change and facilitating its operation
- Capacity building on climate change
- Installing Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in strategic areas for better localized climate information
In general, the Mizoram SCCC conduct scientific study of Climate Change issues including analysis of meteorological data, vulnerability, impacts & risk assessment, climate modelling and simulation of future scenario change in different sectors. It conducts research mainly for database/information generation for the state. The cell also conducts capacity building, training and awareness programmes for different stakeholders especially for adaptation strategies in response to climate change for integration into developmental activities by including policy makers, concerned departments, other Government officials, academicians, media, NGOs, students and the local mass.
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The National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). NMSHE intends to evolve suitable management and policy measures for sustaining and safeguarding the Himalayan ecosystem along with developing capacities to continuously assess its health status. Recognizing the importance of scientific and technological inputs required for sustaining the fragile Himalayan Ecosystem, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been given the responsibility of coordinating the mission. As a part of the NMSHE activities, State Climate Change Cells (SCCCs) have been set up and strengthened under NMSHE in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) states.
For more information, please see the NMSHE Document