Republica: The government has undertaken a new initiative to integrate climate change adaptation into local development plans.
As part of Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Project, initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with financing from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), the government is planning to integrate climate change adaptation into over 300 development projects in as many as 61 districts within the next few years.
In a bid to facilitate integration of climate change adaptation into development projects, the government, in partnership with other organizations like Samuhik Abhiyan, Rupantaran-Nepal and National Association of VDCs in Nepal (NAVIN), is all set to train local development planners like local body officials, representatives of Ward Citizen Forums (WCFs) and Village Development Councils (VDCs).
In the first phase, which is set to kick-start on December 18, training programs will be held in 30 districts over the next eight months. In the second phase beginning in August 2014, training programs will be held in 31 districts. Only in 14 out of the total 75 districts, where Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) is being implemented, the new initiative will not be launched.
“We have selected 61 districts in a way that avoids overlapping of our project with the LAPA program,” said Basudev Neupane, team leader of District Training on Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation Planning of the project. “We aim to come up with at least six development projects with climate change adaptation integrated into them in each of 61 districts.”
Neupane said climate change adaptation is generally not taken into consideration while formulating local development plans. “For instance, when we build roads in the hills, we build retaining walls to save them from damages to be caused by landslides,” said Neupane. “Now, apart from building retaining walls, we also plan to follow all possible methods to avoid landslides.”
Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Project is Nepal´s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR), which was endorsed by the CIF in June, 2011.
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