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Experts from five continents adopt Dharwad Declaration on Climate Change

Experts from five continents adopt Dharwad Declaration on Climate Change

India Blooms News Service | | 26 Oct 2016, 11:46 pm
Dharwad, Karnataka, Oct 26 (IBNS): Scientists, researchers, academics, policy makers, social activists, NGOs and farmers from 20 countries from five continents, who gathered here to formulate their recommendations for the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) to be held in Morocco in November this year, called for putting people first in any climate change negotiations.

At the concluding day of the three- day Global Water Meet  2016 for Climate Change Adaptation: Agrarian Perspective, organised under the aegis of the University of Agricultural Sciences, on Wednesday, to deliberate on climate change, water and Agriculture here, they adopted the Dharwad Declaration, aimed at showing “ways and means for execution”
of UNFCCC in Paris in 2015 (COP-21) and Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

They regretted that climate change as on on Wednesday was addressed mostly as a technical and a political issue and demanded that “All measures related to adaptation and mitigation should start from the local people’s potential and needs, respecting their dignity and right to development.”

The Dharwad declaration called for community based decentralized solutions to planning, rejuvenation, conservation and management of water resources, whether it is on a river basin management framework or revival of water bodies and aquifers; recommended ecological agriculture as an important resilience tool for climate adaptation and mitigation, based on local communities’ wisdom, traditional knowledge and bottom up solutions; and urgent public awareness and joint action of all stakeholders to ensure environmental and ecological sustainability.

It stressed the urgent need for increased public investment, with convergence among the state,  civil society, communities and private sector institutions at the policy and implementation levels.

Speaking about the three day meet, Magsaysay and Stockholm Water Awards winner Dr. Rajendra Singh, one of the key organisers of the meet, told IBNS that the biggest takeaway of the event was “the sharing of different practices prevailing in different countries under one roof... We will place the finding of this meet before the Morocco Convention.”

The meet was organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences in collaboration with 13 Indian and international organizations including Indian Council for Agricultural Research, IOWA State University, USA, Geological Society of India, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka.

Reporting by Deepak Parvatiyar


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