Two day regional workshop for Northeastern region on climate adaptation programme and sustainable eco-system recommended climate smart agriculture as climate change adaptation program initiative.
The workshop hosted by the Climate Change Cell, Manipur, department of Ecology, government of Manipur was an important regional workshop, attended by hordes of experts from diverse fields including environmental and agriculture scientists, government officials and NGOs from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur.
After gruelling deliberations, comprising technical sessions and moderated panel discussions, the workshop concluded with a comprehensive recommendation for climate adaptation program and sustainable ecosystem.
A baseline data documentation of bio-diversity, introduction of multiple cropping, climate smart agriculture and preservation and conservation of wetlands were prioritized among others. Media advocacy, designing adaptation mechanism and initiatives to reduce carbon foot print for sustainable livelihood in the Himalayan states found prominent places in the recommendation.
The workshop was coordinated by Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Deputy Director Shirish Sinha and Dr Nisha Mendiratta, director of Climate Change Programme of the department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Dr. Nisha Mendiratta revealed that the government of India gives top priority to the Indian Himalayan region and all of the 12 indian Himalayan States would have Climate Change Cells for initiating climate adaptation programs. Seven of these states, including Manipur, have already started functioning their Climate Change Cells.
Incidentally, the Manipur regional workshop was held amidst abnormal weather across the northeast region experiencing frequent earthquakes and cyclonic conditions. For the participating experts these were important signals for further studies.