District Climate Resilience Plan in Jhansi and Chitrakoot

/District Climate Resilience Plan in Jhansi and Chitrakoot
District Climate Resilience Plan in Jhansi and Chitrakoot 2020-02-07T01:01:43+05:30

District Climate Resilience Plan (DCRP) is the first of its kind attempt to integrate climate resilience requirements and approaches into the district-level planning framework in the vulnerable and under-developed regions of India. The DCRP is aimed to be positioned as a complementary handbook of implementation for the district-level officials and public leaders such that they are able to appreciate and address the risks as well as support the recovery from impacts. As a follow-up to the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), the DCRP is inclusive of sectors and governance areas that are key to resilience such as Disaster Management, Agriculture and Irrigation, Health, et al.

The project required engagement of the state government of Uttar Pradesh and district administrations of Jhansi and Chitrakoot as well as their communities. The Department of Environment in Lucknow endorsed the initiative while District level officials in various departments participated in the information sharing sessions. The under-developed state of U.P. is one of the largest in the country and its long-standing core development issues have been in the midst of political rivalry. The region of Bundelkhand which is in the scope of DCRP research has had a very interesting and unfortunate history implying the quantity of literature to be analysed and then validated with on-ground evidence and inputs from stakeholders in the 2 districts is also significant in scope and quantity. The time being taken for every stage is longer than anticipated so that methodology, secondary data and primary research are adequate and suitable for required outcomes.

Project Partners

Project Objectives:
  • To assess the climate impacts on communities, ecosystems and economy and the challenges to resilience
  • To review ongoing schemes on their contribution to enhancing coping mechanisms and gaps with adjustments needed
  • To identify the areas of convergence and coordination on specific resilience factors by relevant departments and their plans
  • To outline an approach to adjust existing plans to achieve resilience goals for a district
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in district climate resilience building.

Knowledge Products

District Climate Resilience Plan - Chitrakoot District

District level planning is currently carried out through coordination between District Planning Committee (DPC), Zila Panchayat accumulating Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP) and Municipalities in urban areas. The DPC is mandated to develop a holistic plan for Panchayats and Municipalities including spatial planning, water and other physical/natural resources, integrated infrastructure, and environmental conservation.

Planning for climate change impacts needs to be made an integral part of regular development process with major focus on water availability, natural resources protection and restoration, 4

sustainable farm practices, livelihoods security, education and skills training, healthcare, social welfare, financial inclusion, and maintenance of critical infrastructure. There are multiple co-benefits of climate adaptation strategies for various development priorities as well as in many areas there are benefits of cost reduction and protection of life and property.

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District Climate Resilience Plan - Jhansi District

As global emissions from burning carbon-intensive fuels, deforestation, industrial agriculture et al continue to exhaust the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions budget for 1.5ºC (the global temperature increase goal aspired to be achieved under Paris Agreement), there is an exponential increase in the vulnerability of India. Reports2 indicate that India is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate impacts, with vast swathes becoming too hot for habitation by the year 2100, impacting agriculture, health and survival.

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Objectives

  • Assess the climate impacts during the last 3 years and its related manifestations on communities, in terms of access to basic services and coping mechanisms.
  • To review ongoing welfare schemes for climate co-benefits and governance mechanism with respect to addressing related coordinating among existing institutions in districts and their linkages with state capital in the context of SAPCC implementation.
  • To identify the capacity development needs of relevant departments necessary to implement the climate adaptation agenda.
  • To outline broad contours of an implementation plan with the identification of roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders.
  • Identification of gaps in the implementation of State Action Plan at the local level.
  • Identify major barriers and thus strategic directions for better implementation of SAP.
  • Provide practices that based on subject matter experts and other local administration/executives to make successful efforts.

Project Focal Points

Santosh Patnaik -Deputy Programme Co-ordinator
santosh@cansouthasia.net

Anoop Poonia – Climate Resilience Projects & Advocacy
anoop@cansouthasia.net