Uttarakhand is home to forests, glaciers and important rivers. The eastern Himalayan state is also particularly vulnerable to climate impacts including the increased risk of extreme weather events such as flash floods and droughts. Forest and agriculture-dependent livelihoods, as well as development factors such as the rapid expansion of tourism and other infrastructure have exacerbated that vulnerability.
The State Climate Change Centre (SCCC), Uttarakhand was established on 8-Jun-2016 to formulate climate actions with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners. The SCCC envisages to integrate Climate Actions, State Action plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) - Uttarakhand, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
Though the SCCC, Uttarakhand was established only in June’ 2016, the Centre has been able to make significant advances over the period of 06 months as outlined above. The institution of SCCC has been supplemented with supporting institutions such as, Climate Action Group (CAG), Sectoral Working Groups on Climate Change (SWGCC), Knowledge Management Group (KMG). The results of the impact assessment models leading to climate VRA of the State up to Block levels provided the scientific evidence base for formulating Climate Actions for various sectors. The State is now in a position to integrate the Climate Actions into the development planning process incorporating SDGs and INDCs. In the process, there has been awareness raising and capacity enhancement of major stakeholders.