2nd round of District Level Stakeholder Workshop, Bhadrak (Mahanadi Delta)

The second round of district level¬†stakeholder¬†workshop¬†for the Mahanadi Delta was jointly organized by Chilika Development Authority and Sansristi on 12th September, 2017 at Bhadrak. Jadavpur University and Centre for Environment and Development provided technical inputs and guided in the planning process. The objectives of the¬†workshop¬†were ‚Äď

  • Share DECCMA‚Äôs findings with respect to the work packages and seek¬†stakeholders‚Äô comments and observations¬†
  • Seek¬†stakeholder¬†feedback regarding Barriers to Policy implementation & Criteria for Successful Adaptation

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The participants in the workshop were from government departments, Banks, Universities, NGOs, CBOs, and SHGs. There were a total of 33 participants comprising 23 men and 10 women.

DECCMA was introduced and its objectives were shared. Following this, the findings from the project were shared with respect to governance analysis, risk, hazard, multi-hazard, net migration maps, household survey, and adaptation examples taking place in the DECCMA study area of the Mahanadi Delta. The findings were shared firstly at the study area level and then concentrated on the Bhadrak district for evoking better responses from stakeholders.

Barriers to Policy Implementation and Criteria for Successful Adaptation surveys were conducted. The questionnaires were translated into local language Odia and participants were handed out either the English version or Odia version depending on their preferences. The analyses of these surveys are currently being carried out by the team.

Insights were gained from stakeholders on the effects of climate change, vulnerability, migration and adaptation taking place in the Puri district of the Mahanadi Delta. Some key responses are as follows :

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In migration and Out migration of the various blocks of the district have different reasons (eg Basudevpur and Chandbali). Seasonal migration needs to be captured.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The movement of men and women are different. The destination is generally Gujarat and South (Kerala). Young girls are also migrating independently to work in garment factories.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fishing has been restricted for the Dhamra port, which in turn is affecting the livelihood of the people. This leads to migration.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† To boost agriculture, many initiatives are being taken by the Govt department of Agriculture such as provision of crop insurance, supporting crop diversification, saline tolerant paddy supply, appointment of female agriculture officers, extension work¬† etc

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Plantation of mangrove can reduce the cyclonic effect in coastal areas but it needs to be taken up by the communities in a large scale.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In pre disaster preparedness programmes, participation of women is good. In Flood/ Cyclone Shelter Management committees one third members are women.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In micro planning for livelihood (under Livelihood Mission), disaster is not specifically factored in.

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