NABARD meets state officials on climate change

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: NABARD, as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) for National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) organized a stakeholders’ meet on climate change to create awareness about various funding sources and mobilize projects under NAFCC in its Itanagar Office on 04 December 2018.
Dr. Gyanendra Mani, General Manager, NABARD informed that all the states have taken assistance available under NAFCC except States of Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Goa and Uttarakhand.
He also informed that NABARD as a National Implementing Entity has facilitated sanctioning of 27 projects under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) set up with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), GoI, six projects
under Adaptation Fund and two projects under Green Climate Fund (GCF) set up by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Dr. Rabindra Kumar, IFS, Principal Secretary, DEFCC, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in his speech indicated that State of Arunachal is quite vulnerable in terms of agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, horticulture and people dependent on these sectors/areas. He also informed that absence of baseline (historical/past) data is a major challenge for conceiving of suitable projects and there is a need to revise State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). He further added that we need to preserve flora and fauna of State by way of adopting suitable climate adaptation projects. He appealed to all the Departments -Agriculture, Water Resource, Horticulture, Soil & Water Conservation, Animal Husbandry to prepare Project Concept Notes and submit to the Nodal Dept. for approval by State Level Steering Committee on Climate Change (SLSCC).
The participants from various line departments mainly Chief Engineer, Directors and Joint Directors from forest Dept., Water Resource Dept, Agriculture Dept. Soil Conservation Dept and Research Universities/KVKs had thorough deliberations and came out with project ideas which can be further worked upon and submitted under NAFCC to MoEF&CC, GoI for funding.
Chief Engineer, Water Resource Department Liken Angu, stressed upon the need for spring-shed development in Tirap and Longding districts.
Head SIRD Egam Basar, emphasized the need for submission of proposal on horticulture which can be used as a source of alternative livelihood by the people.
Joint Director, Dept of Environment and Forest D Dohu Robin requested NABARD to facilitate in preparation of Detailed Project Report/ Project Concept Note for projects.