New Delhi: The scientific committee on climate change has recommended that all future policy decisions should account for effects of climate change and has also recommended that data collated by government-supported research institutions be placed in the public domain.
“The Government of India has just announced a massive afforestation programme, which will green around six million hectares of degraded forest land. But we need to see what kind of effect that will have on the climate,” said N.H. Ravindranath, member of the committee and chairman, Centre for Sustainable Technology, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
However, the committee did not decide how the research would be funded, said members, who did not wish to be identified.
The committee, set up by the ministry of environment and forests and chaired by R. Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, met here on Monday.
The committee will, in the next month, put together a white paper, which will give the sectoral status of technology, forestry, agriculture, water resources and ecology. It will serve as a starting point for the next meeting of the Prime Minister’s council on climate change, the dates for which are yet to be decided.
The committee also discussed the paucity of micro-data on climate change. “Climate change models right now exist on the global scale. We need to work on collecting data on national, state and district levels. Modelling has to be done at the district level,” said Ravindranath.
A.K. Gosain, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, who works on hydrology modelling, said: “We have to complete a baseline study of all water projects in India.”