Capacity Gap Assessment: Validation workshop

The validation workshop was conducted in Gangtok on 13 December 2016 to validate the capacity gap assessment results, draft capacity development plan and incorporate the workshop feedback in the final capacity development plan.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the state nodal institution (DSTCC) and the three focus sectoral departments — Water, Forest and Disaster Management. The workshop was initiated by Dr. Sreshtha from DSTCC, setting the context for the workshop, and asserting the need for immediate action to address climate change. The KPMG team introduced the need for states to contribute in the country’s mission to achieve a low carbon pathway. The KPMG team introduced the stakeholders to the draft capacity development plan, which was developed using the input and recommendations from the state institutions.

Dr. Sreshtha recommended that the Agriculture Department should be included in some of the training sessions on topics such as watershed management, spring-shed recharge and water resources assessment. Further, Dr Surajit Baruah from the UNDP suggested that there should be a stronger focus on the regional impact of climate change pertaining to the North-eastern region in the ‘Climate change in the Indian context’ training. The representatives from the RMDD recommended inclusion of water budgeting and development of a water availability and corresponding water utility chart as additional topics under the training on ‘Water resource assessment’. SSDMA representatives suggested inclusion of GPR survey and a broader geohydrological study for determining existing situation of the lakes as a topic under ‘Advanced training on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF)’. Ms. Sarika Pradhan from the RMDD reaffirmed the need for a training to develop climate finance proposals, and suggested inclusion of guest lectures from donor agencies or consultants with proven track record in developing such proposals in the training for ‘Accessing climate finance’ and to increase the duration of training to 2–3 days. Another suggestion from most of the stakeholder’s present in the workshop was that the training should be conducted in locations outside of Gangtok in order to capture maximum attention of the target audience, and should also include field visits for practical exposure, especially for training such as ‘Conducting Participatory Rural Appraisal exercises’ and ‘Advanced training on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood’. Additional information was provided by the FEWMD and UNDP representatives that capacity building for invasive species management and alternative livelihoods in a Southern Sikkim district has already been initiated with the support from the UNDP.  Thus, the suggested training for the forest sector could be more focused on the aspects not covered in these ongoing training programmes.

The suggestions were well-received by the departments and institutions. The workshop was also able to gather valuable input from the stakeholders and these were incorporated into the final capacity development plan.