India’s first National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) depicting the existing and future policies and programmes addressing climate mitigation and adaptation was released on 30.06.2008. The NAPCC identifies eight core “National Missions” which represents a multi-pronged, long-term and integrated approach for achieving key goals in the context of climate change. The Tamil Nadu State Action Plan on Climate Change (TNSAPCC) was endorsed by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India (GoI) on 31.03.2015. TNSAPCC has identified the following seven vulnerable sectors listed below,

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Resources
  • Forest and Biodiversity
  • Coastal Area Management
  • Sustainable Habitat
  • Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Solar Mission
  • Knowledge Management

The MoEF&CC, GoI has requested to revise the Tamil Nadu State Action Plan on Climate Change with technical support from German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and accordingly action has been taken to revise the TNSAPCC with the objectives to re-examine the State specific, impact, risk and vulnerability, to take stock of the implementation of the SAPCC, to re-examine various actions (adaptations and mitigation) in the light of climate goals set in India's NDC and to prepare new short range(2023) and long range plans up to 2030.

The first inception and consultative workshop was conducted on 20.09.2018 by the Department of Environment, with the participation of all line and sectoral departments/ agencies. The suggestions/ views / details have been obtained nearly from all the stakeholders and a draft report is completed. The revision of SAPCC document will emphasize on Health, Gender disaster management and mitigation, Sustainable Development Goals and Composite Vulnerable Index (CVI) for the State in general and districts in particular based on 63 indicators. The districts will be categorized into very low, low, moderate, high, very high and extremely high vulnerable categories for appropriate formulation and implementation of adaptation options in the State. After getting the inputs on the said draft report, from the line Departments, the final draft will be placed for the views of the decision makers/ policy makers for comments and suggestions by September 2019. The draft revised TNSAPCC will be submitted to the MoEF&CC, GoI by December 2019.

The Department of Environment, Nodal Agency is implementing all the Climate Change related programmes and coordinating with the concerned line Departments on the TNSAPCC in the State for submitting proposals under Green Climate Fund (GCF) and National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) in consultation with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).