As a part of its efforts to increase resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to tackle adverse impact of climate change in the country, the Union Environment Ministry on 19 July 2017 approved three projects for climate change adaptation in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).

The projects address a range of climate change vulnerabilities in the States which are not covered under the ongoing schemes of the Central and State Governments. During the two year period, 21 projects have been approved at a total cost of Rs 435.72 crore. In Rajasthan, the project builds on work carried out under Phase I of the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyaan to enhance the adaptive capacity of villages by making them self-reliant in terms of water requirement.

The project in Gujarat seeks to enhance the adaptive capacity of natural resource dependent communities to climate change in targeted villages of Kachchh district while in Sikkim, the project aims to address the issue of water security which are directly identified as climate resilience building interventions under the SAPCC, according to a senior official from the Ministry. The National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC), under the Chairmanship of Environment Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha, approved the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) submitted by the three State Governments for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).

The NAFCC is a central flagship scheme which provides 100 per cent grant to the State governments for implementing climate change adaptation projects. The Scheme is designed to fulfill the objectives of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and to operationalize the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs).

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