Climate Change has its adverse impacts on ecosystem, agricultural productivity, water resources, socio-economy and sustainability. It may also alter the fragile mountain ecosystem of the Himalayan region. Natural geological wealth, forestry, wild life, flora, fauna and biodiversity, water bodies, traditional knowledge, socio-economy and mountain agriculture which characterize the region are likely to be severely impacted by climate change.
Hence, a dedicated Climate Change Cell which function under the roof of Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur was established in the year 2015 to facilitate and monitor the impact of climate change. This cell has a research, advisory and coordinating role on climate change issues. It will be a single-window contact for dealing with the state government and other external funding agencies in issues pertaining to uptake of climate change related proposed actions. This will be a multi-stakeholder platform which includes NGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies and various Central Government Departments.
Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change(SAPCC).
The main functions of this cell are given as below:
1. The climate change cell- Manipur emphasised mainly on the research activities on climate change issues to minimise the data gap. The cell also develops policies and carries on case studies related to climate change adaptation practices.
2. The cell works on to develop the climate change resource material and helps supports line departments/ agencies for preparation of proposal.
3. The cell also functions as a disseminating agent for the climate change information by organizing workshops/interaction programme at different forum/ level.
4. The climate change cell works and develop MIS for monitoring various climate change factors and impacts.
5. The cell functions as the updating agency of the regional climate change database and information.
6. The climate change cell gives advisory services and message towards the society on climate change adaption.