Punjab government seeks GIZ’s assistance to access funds for climate change

A stakeholder meeting was held on 1st June in Chandigarh, between Punjab state government officials and GIZ’s Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas in India (CCA-RAI) team. The meeting identified potential project ideas - under Punjab’s State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) addressing the issue of climate change adaptation and mitigation - that can qualify for funding from varied sources.

The meeting engaged participants on how best to tap national and international source of climate finance. It chalked out key issues relating to climate change within the state and identified priority projects. A brainstorming session was conducted and seven such project ideas emerged as priority areas.

  1. Breeding cattle that can survive harsh temperatures; are genetically lean and are able to produce good quantity of milk
  2. Making rice husk briquettes. These are usually disposed by being burnt. Briquettes can be alternate fuel source and will enhance the farmer’s income.
  3. Water use efficiency by direct seeding of rice, mulching etc.
  4. Weaning people away from water intensive paddy cultivation by providing alternatives such as – agro-forestry.
  5. Enabling ground water recharging near the Shivalik area; preparing the land to produce horticulture crops and creating solar electricity farms
  6. Creating weather based insurance for rice and wheat crops
  7. Establishing modern storage units for horticulture and cereals at the district level. This will help in dealing with climate shocks.

The gathering represented the diverse state departments and institutions. Members of Punjab state council for science & technology were present along with key officials from across sectors -- such as irrigation, soil and water conservation, agriculture, forest etc. Experts from Punjab Agriculture University also attended the meeting.

CCA-RAI is a component of GIZ India’s Indo-German Environment Programme in Rural Areas. It is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Under this programme, GIZ provides technical assistance to various state and union territory governments in the preparation of project proposals-- based on the activities planned under their SAPCCs. GIZ helps them to access funding for climate change from various national and international sources.