New Delhi: The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has set up a nine-member committee to study the impact of global warming (and climate change) on India, and identify the measures that may have to be taken to mitigate these, said Siddharth Behura, special secretary, MoEF. The proposal for such a panel was outlined by finance minister P. Chidambaram in February, while presenting Budget 2007-08.
The committee will be chaired by R. Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the government, and will have as its members R.K. Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Maria Ligia Noronha of The Energy Research Institute; Kanchan Chopra, director, Institute of Economic Growth; Anand Patwardhan of the S.J. Mehta School of Management at IIT Mumbai; N.H. Ravindranath and R. Sukumar, both from the Centre of Ecological Sciences at IISc, Bangalore; A.K Gosain of IIT Delhi; and S.K. Sikka, scientific secretary to the government.
Of these, Ravindranath, Sukumar and Gosain have significantly contributed to the IPCC reports. Last year, research journal Current Science, carried a special series, ‘Climate Change and India’, in which Gosain assessed the possible impact of climate change on Indian river basins, and Ravindranath and Sukumar wrote on the possible impact of climate change on India’s forests.
“We’ve been given a three-year mandate and we think this will give a realistic assessment of what India must do,” said Noronha.