Biodiversity: A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change

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Climate change is already underway and its effects, especially on rural communities in India, are particularly adverse. The need is to highlight the key issues and understand the practical challenges that must be addressed if India is to build the capacities of rural communities to robustly adapt to climate change and realise the National and State Action Plans on Climate Change (NAPCC and SAPCC). Since the last four years, WOTR has been implementing a large-scale integrated project on climate change adaptation in rural Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with NABARD, the Embassy of Switzerland in India, the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Central Research Institute for Dry-land Agriculture (CRIDA), the World Agro-Forestry Council (ICRAF), and the State Agricultural University (MPKV). This experience has crystallised insights, lessons, and observations from multiple stakeholders, which we have formulated as Position Papers across 12 thematic areas, namely Watershed Development, Water, Food and Nutrition Security, Agriculture, Livestock, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Prevention, Alternative Energy, Economics and Livelihoods, Health, Gender, and Governance.

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