HITS AND MISSES
India is on track to achieve two of its three key climate targets under the Paris pact. India’s nationally determined contribution to reducing CO2 emissions can mainly be categorised under these three heads.
The first two are to achieve 40% of electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 and to reduce
orchards, can contribute sizeably to meeting the target. Centre is already piloting climate proofing works under the scheme in 103 blocks of three districts of Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, said Dharamveer Jha, joint director, ministry of rural development.
A team of scientists from IISC is conducting a pan-india assessment of potential from MGNREGA by dividing the area into various agro-ecological regions and carrying out field studies in sample villages in each state. In 2017-18, MGNREGA may have helped sequester about 61.96 million tons of CO2 equivalent. Activities with the highest potential was found to be droughtproofing, followed by land development, revival of traditional water bodies and water harvesting, among others.
“Drought-proofing will increase the resilience of community by helping them to cope with droughts, and with tree planting