When: 24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015
Where: Hotel Plash, Bhopal

Under the DFID supported SPMG (Strengthening Performance Management in Governance) initiative, EPCO in association with Development Alternatives organised a one day State Level Training Workshop on ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change Concerns in Forest Sector of Madhya Pradesh’ on 24th April, 2015.  The objective of training workshop was a) to build capacities of government officials from state forest department and, b) to understand state specific climate change concerns and integrate them in the state sectoral planning.  Focus of the training was to understand climate change impacts on forest ecosystem and livelihoods in Madhya Pradesh. The training aimed to help participants understand the adaptation and mitigation strategies to address climate change concerns in forestry sector.

Mr. Dhirendra Bhargava, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of M.P. delivered special remarks during the training session and shared state working plans to  address climate change concerns in forestry sector. He also emphasized on the role of ecosystem services of forests in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Mr. Bhargava stated that utilizing the potential of Madhya Pradesh forest resources was important to deal with short term and long term impacts of climate change.

Speakers of different sessions highlighted various adaptation and mitigation strategies to  address the impacts of climate change in forestry sector. The sessions explored and discussed impacts of climate change, focusing on changes in patterns of rainfall and temperature. It was pointed out that to accurately predict climate change, past data of 30 years or more climate should be refered. The session on climate change mitigation potential of forestry in MP and REDD+ emphasised on potential capacity of carbon stored in forest ecosystem and gaining credits from developed country towards conservation. The speakers mentioned that while undertaking plantation, as an adaptation measure, the site and species have to be selected judiciously and meticulously. Varied topography, soil parameters and climatic condition may not support species to grow in new and different conditions. The indicators/drivers for monitoring and evaluation of effects of climate change along with strategy as per the Madhya Pradesh State Action Plan on Climate Change (SKMCCC) were also discussed. Various models of agroforestry suitable for Madhya Pradesh’s ecological and climatic condition were presented. Expert trainers from renowned institutions such as Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal, Indian Institute Science Banglore, IORA Ecological Solutions New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishva Vidhyalaya Jabalpur and Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) delivered the training sessions.