Assam forms climate change department on World Environment Day

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World Environment Day: Assam forms climate change department

The department will strengthen climate change management preparedness and work on advanced warning systems

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.  Credit: PTI Photo

The Assam government has officially opened a separate climate change department to tackle the various threats posed by the threat, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

Announcing the creation of the new department on the occasion of World Environment Day, the chief minister said it was a step forward in making Assam a key world leader on the issues of climate change. The role of the department includes adaptation and mitigation of climate change, he said. The ministry will also seek to attract international funding from multilateral and bilateral institutions.

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The department will strengthen climate change management preparedness and work on advanced warning systems.

It will also work on new technologies and futuristic development models, renewable energy, agriculture, water resources and related sectors, he added.

Sarma was speaking at a World Environment Day function at the Gandhi Mandap atop the Sarania Hills in Guwahati, where he planted 11 saplings “rudraksh” and urged people to help protect the environment by following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.

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