Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
National Workshop on Scaling up Good Practices for Climate Change Adaptation
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, NABARD, and World Resources Institute (WRI) organised the two day ‘National Workshop on Scaling up Good Practices for Climate Change Adaptation’ on 27-28th October in New Delhi.
The aim of the National Workshop was to contribute towards Indian policy debates on adaptation and rural development so that they are better informed and contextualized based on lessons from ground realities.
Objective of the Workshop
While supporting the examination of the factors that enable and impede synergies among stakeholders at the national and sub national levels the workshop built ideas to promote scaling up adaptation. This was achieved by providing a common platform for select stakeholders from diverse range of disciplines working with rainfed areas of the semi-arid regions and communities within India- to exchange of experiences on good practices for climate change adaptation. This focused on approaches, methods and tools that help manage climate risks and build resilience. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the experiences of the state and central agencies involving both civil society and government in developing strategies and policies to achieve outcomes that have significance to resilience and risk management activities.
Output of the Workshop
The National workshop essentially aimed to stimulate discussions on the question “Can effective community-based approaches be scaled up?” and threw light on how can these approaches be integrated with the National Policy Framework? It aimed to facilitate learning from experiences and evidences on climate change adaptation in the rainfed, semi-arid context, particularly focusing on the relevance of actions for reducing vulnerability, fostering resilience and developing capacity to experiment and learn. The event helped generate insights and help explore pathways to scale up successful examples in achieving resilient development. The workshop focused on:
• Better understanding of the links between climate change adaptation and resilience in the rainfed areas of the semi-arid regions with good/best practices, success factors, challenges and key lessons identified and analysed to inform future actions and policy.
• Identification of enabling factors that promote scaling up of adaptation processes at the state and national level besides understanding specific gaps in carrying forward the adaptation agenda in the national context.
• Development of a communiqué collectively produced by participants to share key messages for effective adaptation practice and policy to inform resilient development pathways while ensuring social and economic well- being in the rainfed areas of the semi-arid regions of India.
• Perspectives from policy makers engaged at different levels on scaling-up options.
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