Gangtok, Dec 8 (IPR)
Government of Sikkim is invited by (COP24) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to present successful case studies under United Nations Development Programme – Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation Project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions.
COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Government of Sikkim was selected for taking laudable initiatives in the field of Dhara Vikas and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) mapping and mitigation measures. The Departments of Rural Management & Development, Science, Technology and Climate Change along with Land Revenue & Disaster Management have been continuously working toward making Sikkim achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as has been envisioned by the Chief Minister. This has also been recognised by the international experts and scientists of related fields.
D.G. Shrestha, Additional Director, Department of Science, Technology & Climate Change will present a case study on Reducing Climate Induced Risks and Vulnerabilities due to probable Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) at South Lhonak Lake, North Sikkim. UNDP – SDC project successfully piloted a siphoning project to reduce the level of water from South Lhonaklake in collaboration with Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department.
Smt. Sarika Pradhan, Additional Secretary, Rural Management Development Department is presenting a talk on Story of Dhara Vikas – Revival of Springs. The UNDP – SDC project is assisting RMDD with scientific and technical support for monitoring the discharge of springs.
The UNDP – SDC Project is further assisting Government of Sikkim in Mapping Forest Wildlife Corridors, Mapping Invasive Species of the State, Preparation of Hazard Risks and Vulnerability Maps of Mangan, Gyalshing and Namchi, Preparation of State Wetland Atlas, PRA mapping exercise for 16 Model Disaster Resilient GPUs and other related activities.
The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the aim of the UNFCCC.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.
In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, the successive climate summit will be held in Poland. Poland was selected to host this event within the framework of the Eastern European Group (EEG).
Poland will hold the Presidency of the Climate Convention for the third time.
COP24 is taking place from 2-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.