Workshop at Manipur University

A one day capacity building workshop on `Role of Women in Climate Change Adaptation` was held at VC Court Hall, Manipur University on 15th April, 2015. The workshop was organized by the Manipur University Working Women’s Association (MUWWA) in collaboration with State Climate Change Cell, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur.

Since most of the people living in the rural area depends on agriculture, fisheries and the natural resources  of the forest and wetland ecosystem of the state for their livelihood, it is important to understand the possible impacts of the climate change on the natural resources of the state. Any impact on the yield of the agriculture and its allied sectors, lower production of natural resources and forest regeneration etc. will in turn have a negative impact on the livelihood of the people. As per the projection of climate by the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), Manipur state have been highlighted its possible impacts  and vulnerabilities in 4 sectors namely Water resources, Forests, Health and Agriculture & its allied sectors. The State Action Plan on climate Change (SAPCC) has clearly outline the objectives to address the existing as well as future challenges of climate change and to reduce the associated risks and vulnerabilities in  the state.

The objectives of the workshop are:

1. Learn about adaptation actions being taken up in the village level

2. Enhancing capacities for all section of peoples in the state for adaptation through

-          Understanding vulnerability  index

-          Prioritizing adaptation actions

3. Understanding opportunities and challenges for adaptation planning and implementation in the village level

 

Dignitaries on the dais

The chief guest of the function Prof H N K Sarma, Vice Chancellor, Manipur University while delivering his speech pointed out that until a natural catastrophe occurs, the earth cannot be doomed. He also added that the increasing population would lead to increase in the demand of food and energy consumption, further increasing the industrial output which will cause hazards not only to the environment but also to the humans. He appealed to the people of the State to follow the Gandhian way of life and respect the law of nature to save the world.

Addressing as the guest of honour of the function Dr. M Homeshwor Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur also emphasized on the population explosion and its ill effects on the ecosystem which would finally compromise the livelihood of the people. He mentioned that the various projections of changes in the climate would make Manipur highly vulnerable in four sectors, viz. water resources, forests, health and agriculture and its allied sectors.

 

Dr. M Homeshwor Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur giving a speech

Professor W Vishwanath, Dean School of Life Science, Manipur University mainly focused on the scarcity of water due to the changing climate and emphasized on the conservation of fresh water. He made it a point that the over exploitation of the water has brought us many problems like decrease in the migration of fishes etc. and the increasing temperature has helped in spreading disease-causing organisms. He is of the view that awareness is the need of the hour to tackle the challenges of the changing climate.

President of the workshop Dr. Asha Gupta in her presidential speech said that climate change is no longer confined to the local but has become a global issue. She also mentioned that women are not only the main victims of any climate change disasters but also good adapters. Deliberating on the issues, she outlined that the objectives of the workshop were to learn about the vulnerability of climate change and to enhance capacities for proper adaptation. Resource person Dr. Irengbam Meghachandra, Senior principal Scientist, ICAR spoke on length about the prevailing condition of agriculture and its allied sectors in Manipur and how to adapt to climate change scenario.

 

Interaction session

Soreiphy Vashum, IFS talk on ‘Role of women in climate change adaptation - forestry sector’. She elaborated on the impact of climate change & role of women in forestry. Further she explains how women are impacted by climate change and suggested how increasing the equality of women with men would help adapt to climate change. Towards the end of the technical session Dr. T Brajakumar, Research Officer, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur gave a detailed overview of the changing scenario of the climate and focused on the capacity building of the vulnerable section for proper adaptation to the climate change.

Participants of the workshop

In the evening session, a group exercise was conducted to understand the impact of the climate change in our respective locality. Participants of the workshop representing the various districts of the State were asked to give scores on the level of exposures, sensitivity and adaptive capacity on the Vulnerability Index Matrix. Then each group presented their findings with proper explanation for the scores they gave.

The workshop concluded with the closing remarks from Dr. Asha Gupta and vote of thanks by Dr. Kananbala Saranthem, Executive member, MUWWA.