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Steps started to make Majuli carbon neutral district

Guwahati, Dec 15(UNI) The Assam Government has initiated a project to make the river island district Majuli the first ever Carbon Neutral District in India. To achieve this goal, the Department of Environment & Forest, Government of Assam has already launched a project “Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli” ( SACReD, Majuli) in the river island. In a meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office of Majuli yesterday, A K Johari, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Biodiversity & Climate) and the Member secretary of the Assam State Biodiversity Board, announced the launching of the project for achieving carbon neutrality in Majuli. The project has been initiated to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is part of the French Development Agency assisted Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC) being implemented. Majuli deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha, in the meeting, highlighted the need for low emission development strategy for Majuli to ensure sustainable development. The Special invitee to the meeting, Mr Johari, provided a background context to the project citing recent international development on climate change and India’s efforts and commitments at its mitigation The meeting was attended by heads of all departments in Majuli, including the Agriculture department, Water Resource department, PWD, Transportation, Animal Husbandry, Building and Housing and the representative of the Mising Autonomous Council. Discussions were held on the background of Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS), steps involved in developing an effective LEDS in Majuli such as development of emission baseline and prioritising focal areas for interventions. Discussions also were held on afforestation and forest enhancement/bio-engineering as means to curb incessant erosion of land at Majuli; which also act as a sink of Carbon and offsetting GHG emissions happening elsewhere at the district. The technical sessions of the meeting were led by Mr. Swapan Mehra, Dr. Sumana Bhattacharya and Ms. Chhaya Bhanti; experts from IORA Ecological Solutions (IORA). This project will be designed and implemented in partnership with other Departments of the district for which a district level committee under the chairmanship of DC has been constituted. All the activities shall lead to Majuli being a Carbon Neutral District by 2020. With the successful implementation of the project in Majuli, the activities would be scaled up to other districts in Assam so as to reduce carbon emissions in the State. UNI SG SJC
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