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GVNML hosts successful workshop on Climate Change Adaptation

by admin last modified 2010-06-29 12:03

On 22nd March 2010, GVNML, with funding from Oxfam, held a workshop in Jaipur for researchers, scientists and economists

In brief, the following key findings came out of the workshop.

  • Climate change is a much discussed issue throughout the world but it is without a sufficient data base. Monitoring changes in the climate require at least another 30 years of data at micro level. Although we have evidence to suggest the world’s climate is changing at an average rate, its effect at a local level needs a proper data supply which unfortunately is not available. Climate variability can be seen in the data we have from the last 30 years. Some NGOs such as GVNML and SPWD (Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development) have 10 or more years of data showing this climate variability with the changes clearly evident in rainfall and temperature. Rainfall is now more sporadic, with fewer number of rainy days and less mm in total. There is greater fluctuation in winter temperatures which means the main crop, Rabi, is suffering.
  • Working and developing Common Property Resources is the best option to mitigate or developing adaptability to climate change. Developing eco-parks, grasslands and water conservation helps us adapt to climate change, whereas agriculture is the victim of climate change but also contributes to it.
  • Agriculture and animal rearing are the traditional livelihood options in Rajasthan, but the success of these has been decreasing due to climate change.  It is important to study the market and key market players in terms of poverty, economic inequality and the artificial way the prices of basic needs such as food and shelter are dramatically increased.
  • It is relatively simple to monitor the local climate such as wind velocity, temperature, humidity and rainfall but NGOs need to make a commitment to equip themselves with proper data and facts. In the workshop a primary level educated farmer showed the group how he is taking the data and, with the help of his son and daughter are forecasting how much rain will fall in the following 24 hours, or how much snowfall there will be.
  • SPWD shared that they have been measuring different data and analyzing it using various models available, including one well known model from the UK. They are using the models to determine the level of climate change in Rajasthan.
  • It has been agreed that a core group will meet once a quarter to discuss the issues concerning climate change adaptation and share learning. Those participants are: Dr. M. S. Rathore, Mr. Jaipal Singh, Dr. Sangram Singh, Dr. Nutan Jain, Mr. Jagdish Purohit, Mr. Hitendra Singh, Jagveer Singh and Laxman Singh.
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