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SujathaDr Sujatha Byravan, a LEAD Fellow from India, is the lead author of a new study evaluating India's National Action Plan on Climate Change.

This study looks at the design of the eight climate 'missions' of the country, which were developed using the principles laid out in India's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). It aims to provide policy makers, academics and researchers, civil society groups and others with a snapshot of the climate missions, and an evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses as perceived by climate change experts.

It is hoped that the outputs will inform the government so that changes can be made to the climate missions where appropriate. The results of the study will also be useful to hone the country's strategic thinking on long-term economic development in the context of climate change.

Commenting on the report, Sujatha Byravan said, "Climate change is a problem that will be here with us for a very long time and these missions are India's initial attempt at setting climate policy. We hope the climate missions will remain dynamic and responsive to recommendations from experts and lessons from implementation."

Dr Byravan was until recently Senior Fellow at Centre for Development Finance, where she focused on climate change. Her experience and interests are in climate change and environmental policy, and science, technology, and development. Previously, she was Director and President of the Council for Responsible Genetics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, a science-based organisation fostering education, policies and campaigns on the social, ethical and environmental implications of new genetic technologies. She has also served as Director of the LEAD Fellows Program in the Secretariat at the New York and London offices.

The full evaluation report can be found here.