Project Background
Climate change is likely to pose serious threats to both rural and urban development livelihood practices in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Consequences of climate change are expected to critically impact water resources, eco-system services and agricultural dependent rural communities, all of which are critical towards eradicating poverty and attains sustainable development in the Sate. Himachal Pradesh is rapidly progressing towards achieving high economic growth, while ensuring environmental sustainability and addressing the cross-cutting concerns of climate change. National Adaptation Fund is an initiative of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India to provide support to the State Government, Union Territories especially to those which are more vulnerable to climate change. As such the Government of India has agreed to provide assistance to Government of Himachal Pradesh for improving the adaptive capacities to facilitate sustainability of livelihood opportunities in the State. Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh having second highest level of rural population growth. During the last decade State is experiencing moisture stress, water scarcity, loss and damage due to climate related changes. The recent drought history of the district indicates that most of the teshsils remained drought affected in the past decade.

In order to reduce the climate change vulnerability and improve the adaptive capacity of rural, small and marginal farmers including rural women in the State, a long term programme in combination of Climate Smart farming technologies along with required social engineering. It will also encompass on capacity building processes to improve food security and secure livelihood opportunities to enhance resilience in the State.
Yamuna Basin
Expected Outcomes  
  • Climate vulnerability mapping and vulnerability index for the district block wise.
  • At least 30000 no of farmers adopt the climate smart packages for drought adaptation.
  • By the end of the programme at least 75% of the targeted beneficiaries would have adopted recommended package of practices.
  • Enhanced water security through soil water conservation measures and micro-irrigation systems at least 26%.
  • 1 or 2 Farmer Produce Organizations start business at the end of the programme.
  • 1500 no of progressive framers adopt and become community level resource persons.
  • 700 no of programmes covering 30000 no of participants from among different kinds of stakeholders.
  • At least 20000 farmers Covered in financial inclusion programme and at least 15000 farmers targeted beneficiary under weather insurance programme.
Developed by: Department of Environment, Science & Technology, Government of Himachal Pradesh
Paryavaran Bhawan, US Club, District Shimla
Himachal Pradesh-171001
Phone No. 0177-2656559, Fax: 0177-2659609