Norwegian diplomat Erik lauds Pakke Declaration

By A O news Service

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: “Extremely delighted to know that Arunachal Pradesh has made India’s first sub-national Declaration on Climate Change Resilient and Responsive state as per cabinet meeting in Pakke Tiger Reserve and this is brilliant,” remarked Erik Solheim in a tweet recently.

Erik is a Norwegian diplomat and politician, who served as UN Environment programme director (May 2016-November 2018) and Norway International Development & Environment minister (2005-12) and his appreciation makes a difference.

The Pakke Declaration or “Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 Declaration on Climate Change Resilient and Responsive Arunachal Pradesh” adopted in cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 17.11.21 aims to promote “climate-resilient development” in the state. The declaration, first of its kind by any state Govt in the country, focuses on low emission and climate resilient development.

This Himalayan state spread in 83,743 SQKM geographical area, one of the 12 bio-diversity hotspots on the Earth, with over 50,000 sqkm of moderate to very dense forests equivalent to 550 million cubic metre growing stock or living assets (equivalent to 2000 million metric tons of carbon dioxide) that serves as one of the major ‘carbon sinks’ or ‘lungs’ of the globe.

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