Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
Kathmandu, 28 January: The participants in the follow-up two days training course on “empowering women to adapt climate change effects for sustainable growth” recommended that the climate adaptation and women empowerment are very significant in the critical situation of climate change hazards specially in Nepal and therefore this training course should be more sustainable with longer duration and field visits to have practical experience from the villages.
Women stakeholders expressed this opinion during the follow-up training course held at the Janabhabna College in Lalitpur, Nepal on 26-27 January. The training course was organised as a part of the on-going project of BASUG in collaboration with its local partner SOLVE Nepal and with the support of the German International Development Cooperation GIZ and CIM. About 40 women representatives from different cooperatives and women communities took part in the training course.
Expert on Climate Adaptation Sohan Shrestha, Social Development Officer of SOLVE Nepal Nara Maya Rana, Climate Change Consultant Engila Mishra Maharjan and Project Coordinator from SOLVE Nepal Himal Ghimire facilitated different sessions in the training course, while Executive Director of SOLVE Nepal Rajendra Bahadur Pradhan was in the chair. Project Coordinator of BASUG Germany AHM Abdul Hai spoke in the training as guest speaker.
The participants in the training expressed their satisfaction for the benefit, which they achieved after their first training in September last year. They also shared their benefits from the first training like cultivating more agricultural products in alternative methods, producing biogas, environment-friendly use of water and other resources with right time-plan.
In the follow-up training course four representatives from the local government authorities actively took part and expressed their eagerness to initiate such capacity building for women communities to make them human resource for the climate adaptation in the rural areas.
A documentary film made by SOLVE-Nepal under the project on the climate change adaptation and women empowerment was also screened. The objective of the training course was to create awareness and to increase the skills of the unprivileged women, youth groups and local development activists on the issue of adaptation to the climate change hazards for the sustainable growth and food security in Nepal. Another training course for the women beneficiaries will be held in Kathmandu this year to find out the results and changes after the first phase of the training courses among the women beneficiaries. Under this project an advocacy workshop will be organized in Berlin, Germany in April 2019.