On 2-4 May 2018, the Uttarakhand Watershed Management Directorate organised a Summit on Climate Resilient Mountain Agriculture in Dehradun, the state capital. IUCN India was invited to present the key findings of the restoration opportunity assessment study implemented in the state using the ROAM framework at one of the technical sessions of the summit.
The Watershed Management Directorate (WMD) has been established in Uttarakhand as a nodal agency for coordination, monitoring and implementation of integrated watershed development programmes in the state. On 2-4 May 2018, the WMD organised a summit on Climate Resilient Mountain Agriculture in the state headquarters of Dehradun which was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat. The objective of the summit was to capture various adaptation and mitigation practices that are economically viable for the mountain hill agriculture in the changing climate scenario, explore various alternate livelihoods options, and assess how these could be upscaled and marketed. During his inaugural address on 2nd May, the Honourable Chief Minister stressed on the need for working on the concept of water corpus and encouraging value addition to agricultural produce in order to increase the income of farmers and sustain agriculture. He also said "One of the ways to tackle the problem of crop raiding is to cultivate aromatic plants, spices and tubular produce which are less likely to be damaged by wild animals."
On 3rd May, in the technical session on "Understanding economic imperative of Climate Resilient Agriculture Practices", IUCN Programme Officer, Ms. Anushree Bhattacharjee presented the key findings from the IUCN study on assessing restoration opportunities in the state of Uttarakhand, being implemented over the last one year using the ROAM framework developed by IUCN and partners. IUCN has been implementing this study along with scientists from the G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development , Almora, Uttarakhand. The presentation was well received and some of the important feedback of the audience were noted for incorporation into final report that IUCN would be submitting to the Uttarakhand government soon.
The summit was successfully wrapped up with a valedictory session on 4th May, where the Honourable Governor, Dr. Krishan Kant Paul was the Chief Guest. In his address , Dr. Paul said that scientific information related to agriculture will have to be provided to farmers. "The concept of integrated farming will have to be adopted in order to double the income of farmers in mountainous regions", he said.
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