TERI ENVIS in partner with Lakshadweep ENVIS E-hub is organizing one day annual user interaction workshop cum seminar to generate awareness, keep user updated about the centre activity and also seek suggestion for strengthening future data collection area on 6th February, 2020.

Theme: Climate Change in Lakshadweep: Vulnerabilities, Mitigation and Energy.

Background:

One of the most significant impacts of climate change has been on the oceans. Impacts of anthropogenic activities—both directly and indirectly, have contributed towards increasing sea level rise, acidification of oceans, drastic reduction of several specifies of flora and fauna, and introduction of new materials such as plastics and micro-plastics across the world. These various changes in the worlds’ oceans are isolated neither in origin, nor in impacts, and continually affect each other in different ways to further enhance oceanic changes. One of the most important and common changes is understood to be increasing sea levels and the impacts that these changes are likely to have on the billions of people all across the world that reside in human habitats ranging from tiny fishing hamlets, to major metropolitan cities.

  • Lakshadweep, the only coral island chain in India, has clearly started showing the impacts of climate change the waves during the southwest monsoon are much higher today than they were before.

  • The degraded condition of the coral ecosystem in Lakshadweep is not encouraging. As per scientists the water temperatures are increasing faster in the Arabian Sea than elsewhere in the world’s oceans. More worryingly, there are often spikes in the sea temperatures that lead to mass bleaching of corals.

  • Between 80-100% of coral reef deaths can be attributed to the phenomenon of ‘bleaching’. Low-lying islands are at greater risk from sea-level rise. Andrott, Kalpeni and Minicoy lie in a cyclone belt.

  • The remaining islands are subject to the Southwest and Northeast monsoons causing heavy damages to coconut crops, seashore land, sheds and dwelling houses that are not able to withstand cyclonic winds or in areas subject to flooding.

Date: 6 February 2020.

Venue: Lakshadweep.



Agenda

Date: 6 February 2020

Venue: Lakshadweep


9:00-10:00

Registration

10:00-10:45

Welcome Address

Range Forest Officer (HQ), Department of Environment & Forests Kavaratti, Lakshadweep

Special Address

MoEFCC Representative/ P K Bhattacharya

Inaugural Address

Honble Administrator/Advisor to the Honble Administrator.

Key Note Address

Damodhar A.T., IFS.

Secretary E&F & Chief Wildlife Warden, UTLA

Relevance of the Seminar &

Vote of Thanks

 K. Syed Ali, Range Forest Officer & ENVIS Coordinator, Department of Environment & Forests Kavaratti, Lakshadweep

10:45-11:15

High Tea

11:15 - 11:45

Presentation by ENVIS Centres

TERI ENVIS Resource Partner -  P K Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow and Associate Director & ENVIS Coordinator, TERI

Lakshadweep ENVIS E-hub  K. Syed Ali, Range Forest Officer & ENVIS Coordinator, Department of Environment & Forests Kavaratti, Lakshadweep

11:45 12:15

Plenary Talk-I

Looking through the Paris Agreement: Impact of Climate Change on India

Karan Mangotra, Associate Director, TERI

(Highlighting features of Paris Agreement on climate change and how impactful that is in Indian context with special reference to coastal environment and Island states)

12:15-12:45

Plenary Talk-II

Impacts and Vulnerability of Climate Change in Lakshadweep

Dr Idrees Babu K K,  Scientist, DST, UTL

 

(Highlight challenges posed by climate change in Lakshadweep and steps taken so far to adapt/mitigate them)

12:45-13:15

Plenary Talk-III

Energy scenario and mitigation measures

Amit Kumar, Senior Fellow & Senior Director, TERI

(Highlighting current energy scenario of Lakshadweep and how renewables are playing vital role in Energy Mix)

 

13:15-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Panel Discussion I

Blue Economy

Chair: Amit Kumar, Senior Fellow & Senior Director, TERI

(Sustainable use of ocean/energy resources for economic growth, improved livelihood and jobs while preserving the ocean ecosystem.)

 

Panelists:(3 panelists)

1. Muhsin AI, Scientist, Dept S&T

2. Jaffer Hisham T Fisheries Officer

3. Dr. Mohammed Koya, Scientist CMFRI

 

15:00-15:15

Tea

15:15 16:15

Panel Discussion-II

 

Natural Disasters: Impact and Vulnerability

Chair: Dr Idrees Babu, Scientist, Dept S&T

 

(Storms and cyclones are the main natural hazards occurring in UTL (union territory Lakshadweep). Effective adaptive and disaster mitigation efforts are of prime importance considering predictions on global climate change and rising sea levels.)

Panelists: (3 panelists)

1.      Karan Mangotra, Associate Director, TERI

2.      RFO, Legal & Policy

3.      Rafeeq Assistant Director Distaster Managent cell Lakshadweep

16:15- 16:45

Open Discussion & Feedback

Issues may be raised by the participants

Chair:MoEFCC Representative

16:45

Summing up

Pallavi Shukla, Associate Fellow, TERI