Climate change action must be based on international policies and require more funding; Says Sri. K
India, as a developing economy, has to go in a big way to be successful in climate change
and Climate change action must be based on international policies and require more
funding; Says Sri. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Cooperation, Tourism and
Devaswoms, Government of Kerala. Minister made this remark and appreciated the efforts
of International Co-operative Alliance while inaugurating and delivering the keynote address
during the opening ceremony of the 15 th ICA Asia Pacific Cooperative Research Conference
on 17 th December 2020 virtually from Trivandrum. The two day conference was organized by
International Co-operative alliance Asia Pacific region in association with ULCCS, Agriculture
Co-operative training institute, Trivandrum and Domus Trust. The central theme of the
conference is addressing climate change through cooperative enterprise.
Not a day goes by when we see the impact of climate change. This is reflected in the
frequency of occurrence, intensity of event and irregularity. Disasters like fires, droughts,
floods, and pandemics have directly impacting the life and livelihoods of millions, globally.
Recognizing importance of climate change impact, Government of Kerala is in the process of
ensuring a sustainable, low-carbon path ecosystem in the state including Carbon neutral
initiatives. Basic objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fine dust level.
Initiatives to decrease dependence on fossil fuel while increasing renewable energy share by
four times up to 20% by 2030. Moreover Government is taking urgent steps to transform
the current energy intensive industrial system in to a highly energy efficient one that emits
less carbon. Co-operative movement in the State is one of the most vibrant movements in
the Country. Govt is encouraging cooperatives to achieve sustainable development goals.
Around 22500 cooperative societies are functioning in the State for serving 33 million
people. Historically, Co-operative societies in the State are playing a prominent role in the
economic uplift of the people particularly the weaker and marginalised. The co-operatives in
the State have an extensive network, engaged in various activities, particularly in
agricultural credit, distribution of consumer goods and agricultural commodities, health,
education including professional education, housing, agro processing, SC/ST sector, women
development etc. and have made an impressive growth and serve the people in diverse
During 2018, Govt of Kerala prepared a comprehensive Co-operative policy in tune with the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by concentrating on five specific
development objectives like poverty Eradication and Zero Hunger, Food Security, Gender
Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth and Combating Climate Change. Co-operative
enterprises have a unique member owned model that allows them to make long term
commitments to fight against climate change and its impacts. As part of the “Haritha
Keralam” mission of the State Government, co-operatives are already in the forefront for
developing organic agriculture, planting saplings, water conservation, promoting non-
conventional energy and waste management. Minister added.
Minister released the book on ‘Cooperatives and Social Innovation’ edited by Dr. Rajasekhar
and Dr. Manjula along with Late Dr. T. Paranjothi to empower the cooperative researchers
for getting an insight in the successful cooperative models in Asia and Pacific. I appreciate
for their dedication and hard work to bring out this work. Sri.Balu Iyer, Regional Director,
ICA-AP, Prof. Akira Kurimoto, Chair person, ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research and
Mr. Rameshan Paleri, Chairman, ULCCS, Kerala & Mohit Dave, ICA AP addressed the
delegates. Around 80 delegates from 40 countries are attending the conference. As part of
the Conference, presentation for early career researchers will be held on 17 th December and
presentation of scientific papers will be held on 18 th December 2020.