Punjab State Climate Change Knowledge Centre

Objective

Punjab State Climate Change Knowledge Center (PSCCKC) has been set up by PSCST with the support of Dept. of Science & Technology, Government of India under National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC). The major objectives of the centre are:

  • Building a greater understanding of the climate change processes, its implications on various sectors, and vulnerabilities associated with the same to enable sustainable adaptation to climate change and mitigation of drivers of climate change.

  • Creating Climate Change Information Bank and Strengthening Knowledge Network.

  • R&D initiatives, technology identification and pilot scale demonstration of various climate change related projects.

  • Capacity building of various stakeholders, development and documentation of target specific resource material for dissemination of strategic Climate Change knowledge.

  • Integrating Climate Change concerns in the policies and programmes.

Current Projects

I. Towards Climate Resilient Livestock Production System in Punjab

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India has approved a project “Towards Climate Resilient Livestock Production System in Punjab” amounting Rs. 17.39 crore prepared by PSCST with technical support of GIZ under National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change (NAFCC). The project is of 5 years duration and is proposed to be implemented in three districts of Punjab i.e. Ludhiana, Bhatinda and Tarn Taran. The objectives of the project are:

  • Ensure sustainable levels of livestock production in small and marginal farmer households (HHs) in heat stress conditions through activities like artificial insemination, estrus synchronization, heat resistant sheds, fodder availability and disease forecasting system.

  • Climate Proofing of registered Gaushalas/construction of climate smart model cattle pounds (Cattle shed) housing 2000 stray cattle having provisions of rainwater harvesting, solar energy, biogas plants and energy efficient lighting like LED’s etc.

  • Develop weather indexed insurance to compensate loss in income of small and marginalized farmers due to decrease in milk yield of buffalo/cattle based on the correlation of Temperature Humidity Index (THI).

  • Capacity building and dissemination of knowledge products.

The project will be implemented through a multi-departmental coordination where Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Punjab Agricultural University, Deptt. of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development Board, Punjab Energy Development Agency and Punjab State Council on Science and Technology are involved.

II. Capacity Building on Climate Change

PSCST being the nodal agency for Climate Change is taking up capacity building activities for adaptation and mitigation with support from Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India . Regular workshops and training programmes with the concerned departments/institutes are being organized for capacity building of the stakeholders for effective implementation of SAPCC and formulation of projects under Climate funds. Programmes so far organized include:

  • Workshop-cum-Interactive Meeting for Capacity Building Regarding State Action Plan on Climate Change in Punjab held on 17.03.2015 in the Council.

  • Workshop-cum-Interactive meeting for formulating projects on climate change held on 01-06-2015 in the Council.

  • One day workshop for formulation of project proposals on Climate Change jointly organized by NABARD on 11-08-2015 in the Council.

  • Three day workshop on ‘Climate Change Adaptation’ in collaboration with GIZ held from 10-12, Sep., 2015 in the Council.

  • Jointly organized ‘31st National Convention of Environmental Engineers and National Seminar on Climate Change – Need for Global Partnership’ with Institution of Engineers, Chandigarh from Nov 6-7, 2015 at IEI, Chandigarh.

  • A brainstorming session to discuss various issues regarding Greening Punjab under SAPCC was organized on 27.11.2015 in the Council.

  • Two day Post-COP Climate Change Workshop: Concerns and Sub-National Initiatives was organized on Feb 17-18, 2016.

  • Jointly organized National Conference on ‘Recent Trends in Environment, Science and Technology’ with Rayat-Bahra University, Mohali on March 11, 2016.

  • Expert talks on climate change issues for B.Ed students at Chitkara University on 7.4.2016 and on 8.4.2016 at Chandigarh University.

III. Technological Adaptation for Gainful Utilization of Paddy Straw

A project on utilization of paddy straw for briquette making and its utilization in brick kilns amounting Rs.3.5 crore has been approved by MoEF&CC, GoI under Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Adapting & demonstrating technology to promote gainful utilization of paddy straw as a fuel in various sectors.

  • Establish Cost effective chopping and briquetting technology to use paddy straw.

  • Encourage entrepreneurs/ brick kiln owners for adaptation of paddy straw briquette manufacturing technology in other parts of the State as well as adjoining States.

The project will be implemented by PSCST in collaboration with industries and brick kiln operators which will help in utilizing this biomass/agro waste at local level and will reduce industry’s dependency on fossil fuel besides preventing air pollution due to open burning of paddy straw.

IV. Science Express-Climate Action Special train

Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS) was designed by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Ministry of Railways, Government of India to create awareness among various sections of society about basic concepts of Climate Change, its impacts and related mitigation and adaptation strategies. The train included 16 coaches out of which 8 coaches have exhibitions highlighting information, case studies and material related to various aspect of climate change. SECAS will travel across the country for about 7 months, halting at 64 locations in 20 States. It halted at three stations (Patiala junction: 2nd - 4th, Nov., 2015, Hoshiarpur junction:  14th to16th Nov., 2015, Pathankot junction: 24th to 27th Nov., 2015) of Punjab also.

PSCST actively mobilized officials and masses of various districts for visiting the train at their nearest halting stations. During the halts officials from the Council organized a number of platform activities including talks/lectures on State Action Plan on Climate Change, quiz competitions and games on environment awareness, biodiversity conservation, etc. A large number of students and teachers from different schools, colleges, universities and other institutions enthusiastically visited the train. A total of 41,007 students from 391 schools visited the train at three different stations. Apart from it, around 1414 teachers and a number of experts from the region also visit the train.

V. Participation in India Pavilion in COP-21 at Paris

MoEF&CC, GoI requested the states to submit their concept notes for participation in the Side Events organized by the Govt. of India at COP-21 held from 31st November - 11th December, 2015 at Paris. Punjab was among one of the eleven selected states for participation in COP-21. During the summit, the state made its presentation on ‘Towards Climate Smart Agriculture’ during the session on ‘Climate Change Planning and Actions at Sub-National Level’ hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which was held on 05.12.2015. The presentation highlighted the climate change concerns of the State with regard to sustainable agriculture. State had also developed its resource material where in issues/concerns, adaptation strategies, key achievements and way forward related to different sectors including agriculture, water, managing paddy straw were addressed. Information on capacity building under Punjab State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) and key achievements under Solar Mission was also produced. During the side-event, the information material was released by Sh. Sanjeev Kumar, Joint Secretary, MoEF&CC, GoI.