The Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) organized three Regional Training events on Climate Change Risk Management during the month of August to disseminate techniques for climate resilient planning to about 180 district officialsfrom different sector Government departments under the technical assistance TA 7984 NEP: ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development’(MCCRMD). The training entitled ‘Training on Climate Change Risk Management’ under the “Cross-Sector Dialogue and Capacity-Building Program on Climate Resilient Infrastructure” was conducted in Pokhara (July 31 – August 4’16), Nepalgunj (August 14 – 18),and Biratnagar(August 28 – September 1), gathering senior technical staff fromacross all five development regions. The training participants came from six core infrastructure line departments– Irrigation, Roads, Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads,Urban Development and Building Construction, Water Supply and Sewerage and Water-Induced Disaster Management.
The objective of the training was to:
- Promote awareness of district technical officers of sector departments on climate change and the need for climate resilience planning and implementation in sector activities; and
- Build capacity of regional technical officers of sector departments in the use of the MoPE developed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Methodology for Infrastructure in Nepal: A Guide for Infrastructure Departments.
The training program was opened by Mr. Akhanda Sharma, Senior Dvisional Engineer/ MOPE and National Project Manager (Output 1-Climate Resilient Planning) who provided a background on the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience and objectives of the training. The training sessions were lead by MCCRMD Team Leader Gyanesh Bajracharya along with TA specialists for each sector.
The first session provided participantswith an overview of the climate change risk management developed by MOPE and a core group of central-level sector officials under MCCRMD. The TA team then guided participants in the steps for VA & AP including using climate threat profiles, applying the VA matrix, identifying and prioritising adaptation measures, assessing adaptive capacity including gender and social inclusion issues, and prioritising options to prepare an adaptation plan.
The program also included exercises to apply the tools at selected field sites. In the final session, participants presented the findings of their field exercises. The step allowed participants to become familiar with tools that they could bring back to their districts in order to enhance climate resilient development planning at the local level.