Environment Ministry Approves Projects for Climate Change Adaptation in Three States
The National Steering Committee on Climate Change has approved three Detailed Project Reports submitted by the Governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change.
The National Steering Committee on Climate Change under the Chairmanship of Secretary MoEF&CC, Ajay Narayan Jha approved three Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at a meeting in New Delhi on 19 July 2017.
The DPRs were submitted by the Governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).
The project reports seek to address the vulnerabilities arising out of climate change in the three states that are not being dealt by the ongoing schemes of the central and state governments. They especially aim to address the vulnerabilities in climate sensitive sectors of the states including agriculture, animal husbandry, water, forests and coasts.
In the state, the project seeks to build on work carried out under the first phase of the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan in order to enhance the adaptive capacity of the villages by making them self-reliant in terms of water requirement.
Here, the project aims to enhance the adaptive capacity of natural resource-dependent communities to climate change in targeted villages of the Kutch district.
In the state, the project aims to address the issue of water security, which is directly identified as a climate resilience building intervention under the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC).
• NAFCC is a flagship scheme of the Centre that provides a 100 per cent grant to the states for implementing climate change adaptation projects.
• The scheme is designed to fulfill the objectives of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and to operationalise the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs).
• During the two year period, 21 projects were approved for funding, the total cost of which came up to about Rs. 435.72 Cr.
• All approved projects address vulnerabilities in climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, animal husbandry, water, forests and coasts among others.
• The project outcomes are expected to increase resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities and ecosystems against climate change impacts.