Trainers training on climate change adaptation underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 14, 2018: A 3-day Training of Trainers Programme on Climate Change Adaptation (Level-4) at Institute of Co-operative Management, Imphal, was launched today. It organised by climate change cell of Manipur directorate of environment.

The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is being implemented in coordination with the department of science and technology as technical partner of National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem.

The programme was organised on the background of becoming precarious of the Indian Himalayan Region which have fragile 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 north east states.

Dr. T. Brajakumar, deputy director said the nature of rainfall in Manipur is of high intensity and unpredictable. During this past ten years the rainfall has been shifting from the monsoon season to pre-monsoon season”.

It has impacted the life of the people. The state is witnessing variability of climate which we call it as beginning of climate change. To specify the climate change, it will need 30 years study on the climate variation, he added.

At high latitude hill regions of Manipur, rainfall is rampant which cause frequent landslides. Adaptation in climate variation is required. We need to understand the regional vulnerability and take up preparatory measures, said the deputy director.

Professor NH Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore lectured on Basics of Climate Change Science – modelling and projection of climate change of Manipur, and on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

W. Nabakumar, Singh, Manipur University lectured on Climate change in Manipur- coping of traditional knowledge.

Dr. Indu K. Murthy, CST, IISc, Bangalore lectured on practical excercise on vulnerability index- demonstration of an example.

Brajakumar highlighted the state plan on the climate change.

There was interaction programme and group exercises in the training programme.

This level of the training programme aimed to create a pool of master trainers. This pool of trainers will be drawn from training cells of departments and experts from universities and institutes.

Around 40 individuals participated in the programme.

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