Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. It has serious impacts on various ecosystems like agriculture, forest, water, coasts, health and others. Thus, responding to climate change is one of the prime concerns for the government to tackle the causes and consequences of changing climate. Realizing the importance of the impact of climate change, Department of Environment (DoE), Government of Tamil Nadu has initiated Tamil Nadu State Climate Change Cell (TNSCCC) responding to the call of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
The vision of the cell is to respond the global climate change by building capacity at local level particularly in the context of Tamil Nadu State and to make it as a resilient State to combat climate change. This will be addressed through effective climate change governance and climate services by connecting, climate change science - policy - society by the climate change cell. However, the mission of the cell is to establish a platform to collect, collate and disseminate climate change information pertaining to Tamil Nadu State to various stakeholders ranging from farmers, fishermen, general public to policy planners, decision makers, bureaucrats and others in order to enable effective climate change governance and services. The activities of the Cell are to find ways through “Climate Change Governance” to develop modalities to implement State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) for each sector.