District Training on Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Planning Begins in Chitwan
On 3 November, 2015. In an attempt to capacitate the local level planners to mainstreaming/integrate climate change risk management in local development planning, district level training begins in Narayangadh from Tuesday.
This training is organized by Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) under project Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development (MCCMRD) supported by Climate Investment Fund and managed by Asian Development Bank. The training is locally hosted by District Development Committee Chitwan.
The six days training is being participated by 27 participants from various government agencies of the district, local government bodies i.e. DDC/VDC/Municipality, representatives of non-government organizations and civil society including media.
The training was inaugurated by Srawan Kumar Pokherl, Local Development Officer of Chitwan. Speaking on the opening Srawan said that communities of Chitwan have been witnessing the adverse impact of climate change and it is right time to come up with adaptation measures. “We cannot reverse the climate change but we can adapt by integrating the issues in our development plan” he further said.
Earlier, the participants and guests were welcomed by Bharat Bahadur Thapa, Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Officer of DDC Chitwan.
Lead trainer from SAMUHIK ABHIYNA Deepak Shrestha highlighted the major components of training. He further explained that Chitwan is one of the vulnerable districts in terms of climate change and the local level planner should think seriously to minimize the adverse impact of climate change. “According to National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) report, Chitwan is one of the Vulnerable district among 17 such districts of Nepal”- he further informed.
The consortium led by Rupantaran Nepal comprising other three organizations; SAMUHIK ABHIYNA, National Association of Village Development Committees of Nepal (NAVIN) and Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) are offering their expertise to conduct this training session and this is beginning of the second lot of district level training. Similar sessions will be held in 30 districts of central, western, mid and far western districts. Earlier, these organizations had successfully completed such training sessions in 31 districts of eastern and central region.
During six days, the participants will get in-depth information, knowledge and skills on various issues including climate change, impact to different sector at local level, vulnerability mapping, climate friendly planning tools etc.