Arunachal, Nov 14: “Climate-resilient development” is at the heart of the Pakke Declaration, which was approved by the cabinet of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, to battle Climate Change.

In an official statement, the state government said it was the first to make a similar announcement in the country. ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahatsav‘, Pema Khandu hailed the declaration as a “historic and significant milestone” during the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

Khandu, the premier leader of the district, led the cabinet meeting outside the capital for the first time. The ‘Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 Declaration on Climate Change Resilient and Responsive Arunachal Pradesh‘ proposes a multi-sectoral strategy to minimal emission and weather resilient development based on five broad themes, or Panch Dharas: health and well-being of all;  environment, forest, and climate change; viable and flexible living; subsistence and possibilities; and evidence generation and participatory action.

In addition to protecting forest cover and restoring degraded forests, the plan includes measures to reduce health vulnerability due to climate change and extreme weather events, develop local climate change-response plans for urban areas, promote entrepreneurship, and optimize irrigation.

As per the press release, the government’s climate change action plan will be implemented by allocating sector-specific resources within allocated budgets to ensure coordinated and methodical engagements to address and mitigate climate change’s impacts immediately.

By tackling both economic and ecological threats, Arunachal CM said the government would “protect people from climate change risks and its negative effects on biodiversity.”. At the meeting, the state butterfly was named the Kaiser-e-Hind, which is a rare species of butterfly.