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Climate Smart Agricultural Practices to Ensure Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture Duration: 2010-2015 Sponsor: Government of Maharashtra

In 2008, the Government of India released the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), and in August 2009, directed the States to develop State Action Plans on Climate Change guided by and consistent with the structure and strategies of the NAPCC. The Government of Maharashtra took a pioneering step towards formulating the Maharashtra State Adaptation Action Plan on Climate Change (MSAAPCC) by commissioning a comprehensive vulnerability assessment study which included the task of generating model-based climate projections specific to the State’s geography.

The Government of Maharashtra appointed The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2010 to carry out this study, titled "Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies for Maharashtra", a two year joint TERI-UK Met Office research study, which broadly aimed to “address the urgent need to integrate climate change concerns into the State’s overall development strategy, thus assisting in building long term climate resilience and enabling adaptation to the likelihood of risks arising from climate change". The overall aim of the project is to develop a cross sectoral adaptation strategy for the State of Maharashtra in three key sectors (water & agriculture, coastal areas, and human health), based on an analysis of the projected climate change impacts and an assessment of vulnerability within these sectors. The four priority areas considered for assessments include the following:

  • (a) Hydrology & fresh water resources
  • (b) Agriculture & food systems
  • (c) Coastal areas marine ecosystem and biodiversity and
  • (d) Livelihood (including migration and conflict)

Additionally, some cross-cutting areas were identified including issues related to human health, ecosystem and biodiversity, markets, and risk management.

The specific objectives of the study were:

  • 1. To use state-of-the-art regional models to provide climate projections for the 2030's, 2050's and 2070's.
  • 2. To conduct a cross sectoral assessment of impacts and vulnerability to climate variability and change in key identified sectors.
  • 3. To propose a cross sectoral adaptation strategy, based on the outcomes of the climate impacts and vulnerability assessment as well as consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • 4. To prepare adaptation strategies for select case study sites.
  • 5. To propose measures for strengthening the institutional mechanisms to implement the proposed adaptation measures.

The study outputs have been used to formulate the Maharashtra State Adaptation Action Plan on Climate Change (MSAAPCC).

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