Build a New Kerala that is climate resilient, says Prof Swaminathan
Chennai, August 28, 2018:Now that the floods are receding, there is increasing interest in building a new Kerala characterised by climate resilience. The new Kerala should provide for climate risk management centres and for shelters to those affected by natural calamities. Climate risks include damage caused by sea level rise. There are large numbers of people in Kerala living near the coast and it is important that they are insulated from the adverse effect of climate change. Particular provision should be made for housing climate refugees who are rendered homeless. I hope there will be a serious discussion on the development of a new Kerala based on sound principles of ecology, economics, employment and gender and social equity. The new Kerala could then become the flagship of the sustainable development decade.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.