A Strategic Partnership for Institutionalising Capacity Development on Climate Change Adaptation

29 September 2021

Aiming at climate change adaptation and capacity development on adaptation at grass root level, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-State Institute of Rural Development (DDU-SIRD), an apex institute of the Uttar Pradesh Government,has entered into a partnership with GIZ under the Indo-German technical cooperation project titled Climate Adaptation and Finance in Rural India (CAFRI) and the Directorate of Environment (DoE), Government Uttar Pradesh being nodal agency.

This significant partnership was formally launched on September 9, 2021 in a hybrid model-event at the DDU-SIRD campus, Lucknow, India in the presence of senior government and administrative functionaries and delegates from various stakeholder departments; Department of Rural Development, Department of Panchayati Raj, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Department of Forest, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) among others.

The event was inaugurated by Lt Gen RP Shahi, Vice Chairman, UP State Disaster Management Authority, and chaired by Shri L. Venkateshwar Lu, IAS, Director General, DDU-SIRD in the presence of Shri Ashish Tiwari, IFS, Secretary, DoEF&CC, Shri Avdhesh Kumar Tiwari, IAS, Commissioner, Rural Development, Dr DC Upadhyaya, Additional Director, SIRD, UP and Dr Ashish Chaturvedi, Director, Circular Economy, and Climate Change, GIZ India.

During the event, DoE presented the initiative of the State Government on climate change and emphasised on various ongoing and planned activities under the CAFRI project like revision of SAPCC, setting up a digital learning center to give a simulation of climate change to the learners, developing a knowledge network on clean environment and climate change, and partnership with CIMAP to promote the cause of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Further, Dr Priti Singh, Department of Panchayati Raj highlighted the partnership under CAFRI on CCA and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) focused Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and development of related digital learning content.

The event witnessed release of two publications; a 4-pager on a capacity development package and DDU-SIRD GIZ partnership brochure, highlighting key technical support areas i.e. 1) Capacity development on need based gender sensitive climate change adaptation 2)  Capacity development on strengthening Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) value chain as adaptation strategy in Bundelkhand region 3) Capacity development programmes on Green Recovery 4) Operationalising a knowledge network of community based organisations (CBOs) 5) Strengthening the scope of the Disaster Management Centre, DDU-SIRD as Disaster Management & Climate Change Centre and setting up a learning classroom for experience-based learning on CCA and Disaster Risk Reduction.


Contact: Rohit Sharma (, Junior Advisor, Climate Adaptation and Finance in Rural India