October 19, 2011 1:53:28 am
The Embassy of Switzerland and Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR),an NGO and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have joined hands with the state government to work towards promoting adaptive capacity of rural communities to address the impact of climate change.
The project aimed at empowering rural communities effectively to climate change impact and integrated disaster risk reduction strategies with the Swiss support was shared at a media interaction on Tuesday.
Philippe Welti,Ambassador Switzerland in India said his country was involved in the project because of common worries and concerns with regard to climate change so that countries wont be vulnerable.
MV Ashok,CMD NABARD said they had lent technical expertise to the project and was funding a part of the project. The project has been expanded to Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh in addition to Maharashtra, he said.
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WOTR representative Dr Mercella DSouza said the project was spread over 34,400 hectares involving 9,900 households. The project seeks to give inputs on sustainable agriculture and prepare farmers for unseasonal rains, DSouza said.
According to the presentation given by WOTR officials the Climate Change Adaptation is being worked out in 25 villages in Akole and Sangamner taluka in the Ahmednagar district.
The project outcome envisages a sustainable ecosystem in the project area,increased productivity of natural and other resources that contribute to
improved quality of life of the target group especially the poor.
WOTR has been associated with NABARD for their watershed development projects in the state.
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