Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas-India (CCA-RAI)
Phase-I: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan 5 years: 1 February, 2009 – 31 December, 2014; Phase-II: Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Telangana (To be confirmed) 2.5 years: 1 January, 2015- 30 June, 2019 as a component under Indo-German Environment Program in Rural Areas (IGEP-RA)
improve livelihood and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rural communities in India through providing policy support to the Indian government on integrating adaptation to climate change in key sectoral policy decisions and rural development programmes
CCA-RAI aims to contribute to improve livelihoods and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rural communities in India through providing policy-support to the Indian government on integrating adaptation to climate change in key sectoral policy decisions and rural development programmes.
“Fishing was never easy for us. Very often we used to spend the whole day submerged in creeks or mangroves to handpick fish and crab. And very often this caused health problems like wounds in legs and hands, skin diseases, colds or fever. Plus, our fish catch decreased with time. With this project, things have become better. Together with other community members, I set up a nursery, raised mangroves and planted them along the bunds and mounds of the ponds. It is an overwhelming feeling and immense satisfaction to see the mangroves grow. This way, I could earn money. I can also earn money by selling fish which grows in our pond again since we use new fish varieties now.”- By Ms. Indrani Pakri Samy, 25 years, MGR Nagar village, Tamil Nadu
GIZ- India, in association with M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), implemented a project with an objective to pilot an Integrated Mangrove Fishery Farming System (IMFFS) in Tamil Nadu to enhance agricultural yield and improve income for rural poor. The activities covered in the project are plantation of mangrove, converting saline aquaculture into productive land ensuring sustainable income for farmers and helps to make coastal communities less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change such as storm surges, cyclones and sea level rise. Therefore, through turning saline areas into productive land, growing saline tolerant plants and building ponds to grow brackish-water fish, an attempt has been made to generate sustainable income and addressing the vulnerability of local population.
GIZ- India, in association with West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences (WBUAFS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) India, implemented a project titled ‘Introducing salt-tolerant species and preparing for disasters’, in West Bengal, to reduce the sensitivity of communities to brackish water inundation and to improve community’s disaster preparedness to enable them to adapt better to extreme events eg: storms & cyclones and to climate variability. The project involved activities such as introduction salt-tolerant paddy & fish in the brackish water, development of Climate Change Information Centre, conducting various studies and training programmes.
Mrs. Sabine Preuss
Project Director, Natural Resource Management Programme
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