National Conference on Building Communities Resilient to Climate Change Organised in New Delhi

• The Consortium on Climate Change & Natural Environment, the organizer, brings together aid and relief agencies to strengthen relief response

• The conference focused on the impact of climate change on agriculture & community health

September 25, New Delhi: World Vision India (WVI), a grass root humanitarian organisation, today organised a two-day national conference on ‘Building Communities Resilient to Climate Change’ along with partner organisations of the Consortium on Climate Change & Natural Environment- EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief), Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) and AFPRO (Action for Food Production). Mr. Roy Thomas, Joint Director, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change inaugurated the event along with high-level dignitaries-- R K Jain, Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority; and Dr. J.P. Sharma, Joint Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

The conference was an opportunity to share and disseminate best practices on climate change mitigation, building resilience of communities and scaling up proven models. Addressing the conference Mr. Cherian Thomas, National Director and CEO, World Vision India said, “Through our work during disasters and human emergencies we realize that urgent steps need to be taken to address the issue of climate change and its impact on communities, agriculture and livelihood. Calamities like floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, etc., as a result of climate change affect the progress and development of our country. We are confident that this conference will be an opportunity to discuss and share strategies for ensuring a sustainable future”.

Mr. Ramesh Babu – Director Programmes, EFICOR (The Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief) stated, “The need of the hour is to tackle disaster and negative impact of climate change. We need to evolve community based resilient models, reduce the gap between policy and practice and proactively implement state and district level plans with regard to climate change.”

The conference is spread over six sessions from 25th September and 26th September 2017. The two days conference include sessions on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Livelihoods in a changing climatic scenario’, ‘Energy efficiency & Renewable energy - a catalyst to rural development’, ‘Community Health & Climate Change’, ‘Community Preparedness & Innovative response mechanism to climate induced disasters’.

The conference intends to facilitate scaling up of best practices among vulnerable communities of the country and put forward innovative ideas and solutions for tackling on-ground challenges and policy formulations.

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