Climate Change Policy Goals and Objectives

The goal of the State Climate Change Policy is to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation in the vulnerable sectors of the State economy to steer Azad Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir (GoAJ&K) towards climate change resilient development. The policy is in full conformity with the NCCP 2012, however, some of the new initiatives like SDGs have been considered in addition; some new sectors like communication and power infrastructure, tourism, mining and finance have been added and some of the measures have been elaborated in more detail. The main objectives of AJ&K’s Climate Change Policy include:

  • To pursue sustainable economic growth by appropriately addressing the challenges of climate change;
  • To ensure water security, food security, energy security and economic security of the state, and downstream provinces, in the face of the challenges posed by climate change;
  • To integrate climate change policy into the sectoral planning processes of the state;
  • To strengthen inter-departmental decision making and coordination mechanisms on climate change;
  • To enhance the awareness, skill and institutional capacity of relevant stakeholders, especially women in climate change related matters;
  • To mobilize resources to adequately address climate change and facilitate effective use of the opportunities, particularly financial, available at state, national and international levels;
  • To foster the development of appropriate economic incentives to encourage public and private sector investment in adaptation and mitigation measures;
  • To minimize the risks arising from the expected increase in frequency and intensity of extreme and uncertain weather events such as storms, floods and droughts;
  • To increase the share of renewable technologies, particularly hydro-electric energy, in the energy mix at the state level;
  • To enhance resilience of ecosystems to climate change;
  • To promote the conservation and long term sustainability of natural resource stocks;
  • To focus on pro-poor gender sensitive climate change adaptation while also promoting mitigation to the extent possible in a cost-effective manner;
  • To develop low carbon emission scenario in settlements including cities;;
  • Promote resource use efficiency and less carbon intense pathways in all economic activities and develop a climate change resilient energy infrastructure that is not carbon intense.

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