Mongar, 9-12 September: Around thirty eight participants from DoA, DoL, DoFPS, DAMC, CoRRB, NBC, BAFRA, PPD and ICS under the Ministry along with the RNR-sector heads and planning officers of Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang identified various climate change adaptation activities to be implemented under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project. This was done during a participatory planning workshop held at Wangchuk Hotel.
The activities to support climate change impacts includes the promotion of green livestock farming practices, increased terraced areas for horticulture, field crops and organic agriculture production, installation of new irrigation systems, watershed management plans, national forest inventory and carbon stock assessment; plantation in barren and degraded forest areas, increased and diversified ex-situ conservation of biodiversity, development of marketing infrastructure policy/ strategic, strengthening of climate change impact/adaptation regulatory and quarantine system and development of Information Education Communication (IEC) materials among few others.
These activities will be implemented in the four beneficiary Dzongkhags of Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang falling under Kuri Chhu basin during the project period 2013-2017. They were selected based on the level of poverty, status of community resilience and need for climate change adaptation initiatives across all the major watersheds of Bhutan.
Besides, the workshop also agreed on the budget allocation by central agencies and by dzongkhags through a series of consultative group exercises, capacity building plan and the responsibilities for the Project Coordination Unit (PCU), stakeholders and Dzongkhags.
According to PCU based at CoRRB, climate change mainstreaming is one of the key policy directives for the 11th FYP. The RNR-sector being the custodian of the country’s natural resources, there is a need for increased climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives both at local and national levels.
It is expected that the prioritised activities will help to accomplish the GGCA project objectives of enhancing the resilience of Bhutan’s rural households to the effects of climate change. The project will also help the people to understand about the possible risk of climate change and how to deal with it in the future.
In the meantime, the PCU is in the process of coming up with the RNR-climate change information system to ensure reliable data collection, processing and documentation that will strengthen the capacities and preparedness of all stakeholders to reduce the vulnerability against the impacts of climate change in the country.
Compiled with photographs by ICS
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