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WOTR is organising a Colloquium “Connecting the Dots: Evolving Practical Strategies for Climate Resilient Development” on the 5th and 6th of June, 2012 in Pune, in collaboration with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Climate change is already happening and its effects, especially on rural communities, are particularly adverse. This Colloquium seeks to bring together policy makers, researchers, academicians, donors, concerned corporates and practitioners in order to assess and highlight the key issues and practical challenges that must be addressed if India is to build the capacities of rural communities to robustly adapt to climate change and realise the goals outlined in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and the various State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC).
Since the last 3 years, WOTR has been implementing a large scale integrated project on climate change adaptation in rural Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. This project is largely funded by the SDC and NABARD and technically supported by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), the World Agro-Forestry Council (ICRAF) and the Mahatma Phule Agriculture University (MPKV).
This experience has catalysed insights, learnings and experiences from multiple stakeholders which we have formulated as Position Papers across 12 thematic areas: Watershed Development, Water and Food Security, Agriculture, Livestock, Bio Diversity and Eco System Services, Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Prevention, Alternate Energy, Economics and Livelihoods, Governance, Gender and Health.
The main goals of the Colloquium are:
- To assess and analyse the key policy and operational challenges faced in building adaptive capacities across sectors, from the perspective of different key stakeholders
- To contribute towards formulation of an enabling policy and operational framework that would facilitate effective implementation of the NAPCC and SAPCCs in rural India
- To facilitate creative synergies between key stakeholders who could provide effective support to efforts that seek to build the adaptive capacities and resilience of rural communities.
So… stay tuned, and we will get back to you with the discussions and the nuggets of insights from the Colloquium…
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