Understanding and building Indigenous resilience to climate change in South Asia
Source: World Bank Group
Date: 15 Dec 2023
The World Bank is intensifying support for Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID) amidst accelerating climate change. A focus is placed on Indigenous Peoples, who face heightened vulnerability and possess valuable sustainable practices. In South Asia, the Kalash people in Pakistan exhibit deep environmental understanding, relying on traditional knowledge for resource management. The Tsum community in Nepal champions conservation through the Shagya institution. In India, tribal groups regenerate forests with traditional practices. A 2023 World Bank event with Indigenous leaders stressed the importance of their inclusion in climate actions, legal frameworks, and global negotiations to enhance resilience and ensure Indigenous rights. Financial support mechanisms, including EnABLE, aid Indigenous empowerment.
COP28, South Asia and Fossil Fuels: Difficulties in Transition and Adaptation
Date: 19 Dec 2023
The 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) concluded in Dubai, revealing challenges in transitioning South Asia away from fossil fuels. While the UAE Consensus endorsed transitioning from fossil fuels, it lacked binding commitments, highlighting the global struggle to set specific timelines for phasing out fossil fuels. In South Asia, India, grappling with high energy demand, emphasized commitment to renewables but couldn’t abandon coal. COP28 made strides in adaptation but faced hurdles in mobilizing funds for the Loss & Damage Fund, impeding the transition to cleaner fuels and decarbonized production. Global disparities persist, hindering widespread decarbonization goals.
Oman can work with India in fight against climate change
Source: Muscat Daily
Date: 19 Dec 2023
Oman seeks to enhance ties with India, recognizing India’s expertise in climate change mitigation. Salem bin Nasser al Aufi, Oman’s Minister of Energy and Minerals, emphasizes leveraging India’s knowledge to reduce carbon emissions through capture and sequestration. With numerous Indian firms contributing to Oman’s industry, addressing their emissions is a priority. Both nations aim to transition from fossil fuels, aligning with the COP28 summit’s call for energy system shifts. India’s 500GW renewable energy target presents opportunities for collaboration. Oman, investing over $30 billion in hydrogen production, focuses on a strategic transition to net-zero, with carbon capture contributing to a 15% emissions reduction.