A two-day State Level workshop on Training of Trainers for Climate Proofing and Climate Financing commenced

Gangtok, Dec 9 (IPR): A two-day State Level workshop on Training of Trainers for Climate Proofing and Climate Financing commenced from today. The workshop is being organized by Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), Department of Land Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Sikkim, in collaboration with Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and World Resources Institute (WRI).
The inaugural session was graced by Minister, Land Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Sikkim, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha as the chief guest.
The participants comprised mostly of government officials from various departments of the Government of Sikkim.
Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha in his address said that the training will guide the trainees about the natural calamities in Sikkim and ways to deal with them. He added that the participants would also be acquainted with the unique topography of Sikkim, its climate and vegetation. He said that the SSDMA has been working consistently in coordination with various stakeholders to come up with measures to mitigate disaster.
The Minister thanked CANSA and WRI for their commitment towards climate proofing and climate financing in the State. He said that the State Government will continue to support the endeavour of SSDMA and its partner organizations working in the field of disaster management.
Vice Chairman, SSDMA, Prof. V.K. Sharma presented a brief note about the training.
Senior Manager, CRP, WRI, Shri Vivek Venkataramani briefly explained about the agenda of the training which included Training Modules in Sikkim and Multiple interactive sessions with the participants.
Resource Persons from World Resources Institute, India, Ms. Parvathi Preethan talked about the aims of the training and how this session will guide the participants through basic climate change terminology and knowledge about climate science.
Director, SSDMA, Shri Prabhakar Rai introduced the impact of climate change on himalayan ecosystem and glacial retreat.
The inaugural session had the presence and participation of Director, Department of Science and Technology, Dr. Dhiren Shrestha, Training Officer, SSDMA, Shri Keshav Koirala, Director, SIRD, Shri Vishal Mukhia, Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Consultant, Dr. Sandhya Rao, CANSA, Shri Sanjay Vashist, CANSA, Shri Harjeet Singh, CANSA, Shri Nakul Sharma, Senior Manager, and dignitaries and officials from the various departments of the Government of Sikkim