About the Conference
The term "Climate Change" proposed by world Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in 1966 was incorporated in the title of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which now has become synonymous with anthropogenic global warming. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century along with the increased global population and environmental degradation. It is no longer a scientific concern alone but involves economics, sociology, law and health which directly impact the global sustainability. The role of the Federal Government of India, Department of Industry and Mining, Department of Climate Change & Department of Environment and Forest, Educational Institutions along with start-ups and SME sector is of utmost importance in addressing the issues of Climate Change Impacts Management.Therefore, it is an apt time to deliberate on Climate Change Impacts Management.
To explore and to exchange state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change science, innovations, integrated approaches, adaptation strategies, disaster risk reduction, planning and management and vulnerability and impact assessment tools among regional stakeholders specifically in environment sectors
To gather scientific information, experiences and identify knowledge gaps on common, urgent and emergent issues related Climate Change
To identify location-specific knowledge (GUJARAT) and adaptation strategies that may be upscaled to other regions.
To promote National and International partnerships and linkages among different sectors for collaborative activities for Centre for Environment and Natural Resources being established under the aegis of Gujarat University- Park for Industrial Extension and Research (GU-PIER).
To provide a unique platform to eminent Professionals, Scientists, Researchers, Academicians, and Entrepreneurs across the globe to participate, present their real time work and share their expertise, research advancements and new technologies through oral and poster presentations, technical sessions, competition, debate and discussions.
To create awareness among all about the importance of Management of Impacts due to Climate Change.
The Vibrant Gujarat
The Vibrant State of Gujarat with an area of 1,96,024 square kilometer is bound by Arabian Sea on the west and has the longest coastline of 1,663 km. Being in the subtropical climate zone with wet southern districts and dry northern districts, the state witnesses a range of 250C - 450C summer and 150C-350C winter temperatures and average rainfall of 300mm in Kutch -2100mm in Dang. This Vibrant State is susceptible to climate change and the impacts thereof need to be urgently managed. The issue is being addressed by not only policy makers but academicians and corporate houses at various levels. An urgent brain storming is envisaged through this conference to generate awareness and identify viable strategies to mitigate the problems haunting our environment.
In 2008, The Government of India released a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) setting eight priority missions-National Missions on Solar Energy, Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Habitats, Water, Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, Greening India, Sustainable Agriculture and Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change-outlining a national strategy that aims to promote development objectives while yielding co-benefits for addressing Climate Change effectively and enhancing the ecological sustainability of India's development path. For the realization of these proposed actions at the sub national level, in August 2009, the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India urged each State Government to create its own State level action plan consistent with strategies in the National Plan.
Gujarat is recognized for the pace of its economic growth. Although primarily an industrial economy, large sections of population are dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture. Its long coastline supports large section of poor vulnerable populations. These factors contribute to Gujarat's vulnerability to impacts of Climate Change. The Government of Gujarat is committed to building a sustainable and climate resilient future for its people. Gujarat has already demonstrated its leadership through a range of policies and that have the potential to counter some of the challenges of Climate Change. The State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) has been prepared following a consultative process and aims to ensuring success of these measures and realization of the ambitious and progressive vision for development.
National Action Plan for Climate Change - NAPCC of Government of India identifies the need and provides adequate solutions for minimizing damage to the environment. State Action Plan for Climate Change -SAPCC of Government of Gujarat addresses the road map locally to achieve the National targets. Gujarat is the first and the only state in India to form an independent Department for Climate Change. The first step towards achieving the objectives is to initiate GEDA-Gujarat Energy Development Agency entrusted with everything pertaining the energy sector and providing effective answers to why and how of all relevant problems.
Gujarat University, established in 1949, is the oldest State University with a glorious past, illustrious Alumni, promising future and dynamic leadership with a vision of excellence. Gujarat University's campus is fully equipped with various facilities to support every aspect of learning, sports, research, innovation and culture. Gujarat University is facilitated with Sardar Patel Sports City having Olympic standard Sports facilities, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Extension Research and Innovation (CERI), Gujarat University-Park for Industrial Extension and research (GU-PIER) for industry-academia collaborative research, Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC), Technology Business Incubators (TBI) by DST and Atal Innovation Centre (AIC) by NitiAyog, New Delhi which emphasizes the University's commitment to academic excellence through innovations.Gujarat University is also the first University to initiate a unique post graduate course on Climate Change Impacts Management. This multidisciplinary course addresses not only basic study of the environment but also focuses on challenges faced due to climate change- the risks, the vulnerability and resilience, the adaptation and the mitigation. The course now matured with PhDs awarded has witnessed enthusiastic enrolment. The Scholars have collaborated with National and International agencies and enriched their commitment towards combating Climate Change. Projects in collaboration with ISRO, MoEF, MoES and Forest Department have further strengthened the academic outputs in the form of good publications and Projects. The Department of Climate Change Impacts Management at Gujarat University conducts Seminars, workshops and Interactive sessions regularly with the support of GEDA, GPCB, GCPC, GEMI, VASMO, GERMI, PRL, ISRO and GUJCOST.