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Prog on climate change, disaster underway
Published on 3 Aug. 2010 1:46 AM IST
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A week long training programme on climate change and disasters got underway on Monday at Disaster Management Cell, Administrative Training Institute, Kohima organized by Disaster Management Cell, ATI, Kohima in collaboration with National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi.
Director ATI, V. Shashank Shekhar (IAS) who graced the inaugural function, exhorted the participants to learn what they could through the ongoing workshop and asked them to put them into practice in order to improve disaster risk reduction. Stating that use of fans and air conditioners especially in Kohima was proof enough that the state was undergoing climate change; director ATI opined large-scale deforestation as one factor of climate change in the context of Nagaland in recent times.
He also stressed on the need for planting as many trees as possible to cool the atmosphere and suggested to the administrative officers to organize tree-planting programme in the planting season. He said if an individual planted five trees, that will make a lot of differences, adding it was not only planting but taking care of the plant till it matured. Emphasizing on the importance of water, he expressed the need for recharging the ground water level. He further pointed out the need for establishing scientific technologies, which are friendly to nature in the fight against disasters risks.
One of the resource persons from National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mall said the training programme would focus on enhancement of knowledge and skills of the participants to understand and respond to various core issues in climate change and disaster management and also to strengthen their capabilities in the field of natural disaster prevention.
The course would also cover possible threats from climate change and its impact on climate-sensitive sectors and natural resources and related processes in the short and long term. The weeklong training programme from August 2 to 6 would also focus on mitigation and adaptation strategies at various levels.
Shekher Chaturvedi from NIDM will also be one of the resource persons in the training, while associate professor, Disaster Management Cell ATI, Er. N. Moa Longkumer will be the course coordinator.

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