Realising the importance of challenges arising out of the climatic change, NABARD took up a few initiatives to facilitate development in an ecologically sustainable manner.
Climate change adaptation project in Maharashtra
NABARD is supporting Climate change adaptation project in 25 villages of Akola and SangamnerTalukas of Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra in collaboration with Swiss Development Corporation (SDC). The project is being implemented by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR).
The project involves a cost of Rs.23.79 crores, of which, the grant support under Watershed Development Fund amounts to Rs.21.38 crores. An amount of Rs.17.11 crore has been disbursed. The key interventions of the project include social mobilisation, watershed structures, lift irrigation system, water budgeting, bio diversity, renewable energy and innovative activities.
The key output envisaged from the project are revitalization of local ecology, promotion of local biodiversity, awareness among communities on renewable energy resources & localised weather information, awareness of ecologically sustainable & economically viable income generation activities, benefits to women and children through reduced drudgery and convergence of village level climate change adaptation measures through Government programmes.
Climate Proofing Projects of Watersheds in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan
NABARD, in collaboration with GIZ, took an initiative to reorient its watershed development projects with focus on climate proofing. Considering the different agro-climatic zones and funding pattern under its fold, four pilots were selected, two in Tamil Nadu under Watershed Development Fund (WDF) and another two in Rajasthan under IGWDP.
The projects were designed based on a series of deliberations/ workshops/ field visits/ interface with climate experts and the community. While the Tamil Nadu projects Appiyampatti and Poosaripetty Watersheds of Dindigul District were designed with Agriculture-based resilience approach, the Rajasthan projects, viz., Anjeni (PFA: AFPRO) and Rawatpura (PFA: PrayatnaSamiti) focussed on pasture land development and fodder planning.
An amount of Rs.2.84 crore and Rs.2.41 crore were committed for Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu projects respectively.