Gangtok, 30th November : (IPR) UNDP-SDC in collaboration with Rural Management and Development Department (RMDD), Government of Sikkim organized a 3 Days Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning in Water Sector in Himalayan region” from 28th to 30 th November 2018.
While inaugurating the programme Dr. K Jayakumar IAS Additional Chief Secretary, the Chief Guest spoke about the necessity of such capacity building programme for sustainable planning for management and efficient uses and planning of water resources in the state. Dr. Jayakumar also shared about strengthening the Panchayati raj institutions for increasing community resilience and also introducing emerging concepts like Water panchayats in this region.
Welcoming the participants from various departments, Dr.Surajit Baruah State Project Manager UNDP spoke briefly about the various climate adaptation initiatives being undertaken with state nodal agency that is Department of Science Technology and Climate Change and other sectoral depts in focal sectors Water, Forests and Disaster Risk Reduction under UNDP-SDC project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions in the state. One of the major outcome envisaged under the project is to increase the capacities and capabilities of state government depts to initiate appropriate climate adaptation and mitigation actions and to mainstreame climate change in state plans and policies. Its also to help the state government to operationalize State Action Plan on Climate Change in Sikkim.
Mr. C.S. Rao IFS Secretary Rural Management and Development Department highlighted the efforts of RMDD in successfully implementing the Dhara Vikash (Spring-shed Development Programme) for reviving many critical water sources (springs and lakes) for ensuring water security. He appealed to all the concerned departments to join hands with RMDD for upscaling and improvisation of Dhara Vikash to cover more areas.
Mrs Sarika Pradhan Additional Secretary RMDD gave a detail account of the initiatives taken by RMDD on Dhara Vikash (Spring-shed Development Programme) with support from other agencies since its genesis way back in the year 2008 which has been recognized as one of the best practices of the state. In the backdrop of Spring-shed Management becoming a national policy, she also highlighted the need for the State to prepare and build human resource and build capacities to meet the emerging needs for imparting training in the days to come.
While conducting the 3 days training, Dr. Sandhya Rao, INRM New Delhi gave a detail presentation on the climate change impacts on Water resources from national, state and to local level. Dr.Rao mentioned about various modelling techniques and presented SWAT model and its interpretations with regards to state scenario. She also discussed about the various assessments like IPCC AR4 and AR5 with regards to climate change impacts and the vulnerability assessment and adaption options.
Mr.Sanjeeb Pradhan Technical Expert Water & Forest concluded the valedictory session with way forward and presented the vote of thanks.