GeoSmart India 2021 event provides a platform to exchange knowledge and gain an insight on using geospatial information for achieving sustainability goals and creating a World We Want.
India is one of the major greenhouse gas emitters and also the most vulnerable countries in the world to projected climate change. The country is already experiencing drastic changes in climate and its impacts. The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) warned that the rapid changes in the temperature would mean increasing the stress on India’s natural ecosystems, freshwater resources and agricultural output, which directly means a very serious impact on the biodiversity; food and water supply; and public health.
Since every aspect of climate change affects or is affected by geography, it can be solved with geospatial solutions. For many years, geospatial technology has been used in climate understanding, monitoring and mitigation, also important in predictions of disaster risks. As India begins to recognise the importance of climate change and the need for a green economy, it is high-time for geospatial industry to educate the policy-makers on the value of geospatial in producing renewable energy sources, designing electric vehicles ecosystem, redesigning urban transit systems, providing the infrastructure for precision farming, and other nationwide climate adaptation measures.
“We, the present generation, have the responsibility to act as trustee of the rich natural wealth for the future generations. The issue is not merely about climate change; it is about climate justice”
― Narendra Modi, Hon. Prime Minister of India