Bid to integrate climate change adaptation in local development plan

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Kathmandu, Dec. 16: A major initiative to train district officials on integrating adaptation to climate change in local development plans has been launched in the capital on Monday.

The programme ‘District Training on Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation Planning’ is aimed at increasing capacity of local body officials, local planners and district line agencies to understand the impact of climate change and developing local adaptation solutions.

The initiative is to prepare district-level officials to support local communities to prepare participatory community adaptation plans that will make resilience to climate change an integral part of their Village Development Plans, said Basudev Neupane, Team Leader of the Programme at a press conference organized on the occasion.

Samuhik Abhiyan, Rupantaran-Nepal and National Association of VDCs in Nepal (NAVIN), in cooperation with the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment (MoSTE), are implementing the first phase of the programme in 31 eastern and central regional districts.

It will be extended to an additional 30 western districts in the second phase.

“The local planners and line agencies are aware of climate change and know it will affect their districts in the future.  This training program will provide them with useful tools to better understand the impact and plan for climate change adaptation in a practical way,” said Mahendra Man Gurung, Joint Secretary, MoSTE and Project National Project Director.

The capacity development program was a key priority identified under Nepal’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and financed through the Climate Investment Fund’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank have administered the funds on behalf of the Climate Investment Funds. RSS

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