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Directorate of environment organises ‘Training of Trainers’ programme

 Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Nov 14

A three-day Training of Trainers Programme on Climate Change Adaptation (Level 4) was launched today at Institute of Co-operative Management, Imphal, organised by Climate Change Cell, Directorate of Environment. The programme was organised concerning the precarious situation of Indian Himalayan region which is currently facing a dreadful ecosystem. The objective of the training programme is to strengthen capacities of the state government officials at different levels on adaptation planning and implementation for responding to climate change risks in the Indian Himalayan region that covers the northeast states. Deputy director of directorate of Environment, T. Brajakumar said that the nature of rainfall in Manipur is of high intensity and unpredictable. During this past 10 years the rainfall has been shifting from the monsoon season to pre-monsoon season, and it has impacted the lives many people, he added. He continued that to specify the climate change, it will need 30 years study on the climate variation, and at high latitude of the hill regions, rainfall is rampant caused frequent landslides. “We need to understand the regional vulnerability and take up preparatory measures,” said Brajakumar. Divya Mohan from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) said climate change is a growing concern for the world as it is impacting natural resources, ecosystem and communities. She pointed that mostly mountain regions are sensitive to climate change. To solve the issue of climate change, IHCAP has come forward with various ecosystem services, she added. She continued that acknowledging this challenge, the central government had launched a specific mission dedicated for the mountain region. IHCAP which has started its first phase (2012-2015) focused only Himachal region and the second phase (2016-2019) is now being covered in all the 12 Himalayan states, said Divya. She further briefed the entire programme conducted for IHCAP and congratulated the state government for taking initiative on climate change programmes. Professor of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, N.H. Ravindranath said climate change is global problem faced by every individual, and it requires more awareness, workshop, seminar to be organised in villages, panchayat, block level and others. Professor of department of Anthropology Manipur University, W. Nabakumar said that climate change is a problem of mankind. Because of the lack of morality and ethics, science has become disastrous to mankind, he added. He also said now the climate change has become a global problem it is late to depend only on government programme and the time has come to be honest and joint hand to solve the issue. General manager of NABARD Regional office and NABCONS principal consultant, P.N Praveen Kumar spoke on works done by NABARD on agricultural policy and programmes. Director of ICM, N. Ranjana Devi said about climate change programme that has been taken up as mandatory. He also said that awareness of the effects and impacts of climate change should be given since childhood. Director of directorate of Environment, Y. Nabachandra said about global issue on Himalayan region and the reasons of giving importance to Himalayan region for climate change. During the training programme, there was also an interaction programme and group exercise.