Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday announced state’s entry to the United Nations Race to Resilience Campaign.
Last year, the state authorities has incurred losses value $2 billion paid as direct compensation for those affected through excessive climate occasions such a flood, drought and crop failures.
“As India’s most industrialised state, Maharashtra is a crucial voice in building climate resilience in the Global South. By joining the Race to Resilience, Maharashtra aims to be a leading example for regional governments,” Thackeray told the media.
“Race to Resilience focuses on helping the most vulnerable, frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to the physical impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise, in three area types – urban, rural and coastal,” the Maharashtra atmosphere division stated in a press release issued on Tuesday, giving examples of the state’s efforts in direction of constructing climate resilience.
Maharashtra’s climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes aim to build resilience and a culture of climate action at every level of the government.
This is the first programme in the world to incentivise all levels of local government to act on climate change adaptation.
At the end of its first year (2020-21), the mission awarded Rs. 55 Crore amongst all local bodies, said the state government.