Ranchi/RajKumar: The Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Jharkhand is organizing a 5-day refresher capacity building programme from 1st–5th February 2021 at Narayanpur block, Jamtara district, under its climate change adaptation project ‘Enhancing Climate Resilience of Forests and its Dependent Communities in Two Landscapes of Jharkhand’. The project was initiated in 2019 under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) by the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change with the support of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). Under the overall supervision of the APCCF (CAMPA), the project broadly aims to address climate change vulnerabilities of communities dependent on natural resources for livelihood such as agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry, to name a few. It is currently underway in 21 villages of Patratu block and 27 villages of Narayanpur block.
Over the years, the state has been particularly affected by significant changes in precipitation and temperature that has impacted agricultural productivity, caused biodiversity loss, changed net primary productivity and increased occurrence of pests and forest fires. The two project districts were identified to be highly vulnerable to climate change, falling in low vulnerability index range. In view that sectors like agriculture and forestry play a central in the economic sustenance of the communities in Jharkhand, it is critical that capacities at community level are enhanced to create resilient livelihood systems. The RCCF, Dumka and DFO, Jamtara are actively engaged to successfully implement the project in Narayanpur.
The scheduled capacity building programme will be conducted by subject experts on an array of related topics such as water management, low carbon farming, organic farming, institutional capacity building, livelihoods & microenterprises, resource convergence & generation, and planning & monitoring that are critical in facilitating adaptation among vulnerable communities. The refresher training aims to improve the understanding of sectoral inter linkages with climate change impacts as well as to enhance skills to take up community-based action for adaptation. Participants of the capacity building programme range across multiple stakeholder groups from the community to the government, represented by progressive farmers, active women, sub-Beat officers and Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC) members.