2014-10-19 11:19:00 UTC
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?Whistle-blowers and activists must ensure strict enforcement of these
Raising concern over rapid growth of tourism making light of Coastal
Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulations in coastal Goa, climate scientist
Rajendra K. Pachauri on Saturday highlighted the role of whistle-blowers
and activists in ensuring not only strict enforcement of these regulations
but also generating public awareness among the people.
Delivering the first late Matanhy Saldanha Memorial Foundation lecture here
on Saturday on ?Environment: a gift to mankind to be sustainably used and
conserved for future generations?, Mr. Pachauri said, ?Goa is very
vulnerable to large number of impacts of climate change and consequent rise
in sea level,? and went on to warn that if CRZ norms were not implemented
strictly, the coastal State could be in big trouble.
He said that that vulnerable States such as Goa need not wait for a
calamity to happen ? every time a storm splurge and flooding took place,
its impact Goa?s coastline would be very high and could cause enormous
Taking cognizance of presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the
function, Mr. Pachauri hailed him for focussing on innovative solutions
like green rating for buildings, proposing to work on incentivising and
disincentivising the construction sector based on ratings.
He said that it was time coastal areas such as Goa adopted carefully
orchestrated and intelligently debated model of development, which was not
only good for State but would also ensure that natural resources remained
as gift available to next generation in their pure natural form.
Expressing concern over the widening economic disparities in the country,
the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) blamed
adoption and continued pursuing of only materialistic form of development
where the privileged and advantaged cornered a large share of development
and those on the margins continued to be further marignalised. He said that
climate change affected the latter, who were more vulnerable. He called for
innovative solutions to adapt to the impact of climate change and efforts
by global societies to cut their carbon footprints.
He called for systematic efforts to harness renewable energy use and felt
that with the prices of alternative energy coming down rapidly, he hoped
hat in the next five years this energy would become very competitive.
Keywords: CRZ violations
, Goa government
, R.K. Pachauri
, Manohar Parrikar