Ministry okays 3 projects for climate change adaptation

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has approved three projects for climate change adaptation, one each in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim.

In Rajasthan, the project builds on work carried out under Phase I of the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan to enhance the adaptive capacity of villages by making them self-reliant in terms of water requirement.

The project in Gujarat seeks to enhance the adaptive capacity of natural resource dependent communities to climate change in targeted villages of Kachchh district.

In Sikkim, the project aims to address the issue of water security which are directly identified as climate resilience building interventions under the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs).

All these projects have been approved by the National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC), a flagship scheme of Government of India, which provides 100 per cent grant to the state governments for implementing climate change adaptation projects.

The scheme is designed to fulfil the objectives of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and to operationalize the SAPCCs. In the last two years 21 such projects have been approved, at a total cost of Rs. 435.72 crore.

These projects address vulnerabilities in climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, animal husbandry, water, forests and coasts among others. These will increase resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities and ecosystems against climate change impacts.