12 Nov THE EMAK WORKSHOP (Nov.3-4/11/09, Trivandrum)
SUGGESTIONS TO THE DRAFING COMMITTEE OF THE EMAK WORKSHOP
1. With the exception of distributing CFL to the BPL segment of the society, for good reasons or no reasons the state government is not paying any serious attention to the issue of climate change and consequences to the state of Kerala. In fact being a littoral state and drained by the 41 west flowing rivers the people are endowed with decent quantities of water for irrigation, drinking and power generation. By 2050 the state may add another crore of people raising the annual water demand.
Keralites shall start feeling the consequences of CC by 2025. The erratic monsoons and the current weak NE monsoon may become the order of the day. Any decrease or unseasonal rains in Kerala will immediately be reflected in the following year in the states economy, which is an agricultural economy.
The fall production of rubber, tea, coffee, cardamom, coconut, arecanut and other farm produce will affect the SDP of the state. No need to indicate the consequences of water scarcity, spread of vectoral diseases, heat exhaustion, general unrest among the individuals in the society etc which are projected as other potential distresses.
Therefore to advice the government on policy decisions and if necessary in formulating legislations, the Govt. must create a Climate Change Commission as a statutory body., which will advice the government on measures, policies and initiatives to mitigate or adapt the consequences of climate change.
2. Along the lines of other committees of legislature, a separate Legislative Committee on climate change needs to be created to assist the state legislature in formulating mitigation and adaptation measures.
3. Essential changes in the statutes of the agriculture department should be introduced to require the sellers of pesticides in the state to give a brief cautioning the applicator to use safety gadgets like dress and masks.
4. CWRDM has launched a study of water quality in the state of Kerala. The CPCB assists the state board in doing similar water quality checks in the state. It is advisable to have the agencies collect water samples from the same collection points or sampling stations in the respective rivers to enable cross comparison and avoidance possible disparities.