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Technical

Cooperation between the Governments of

India and Germany


Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Programme in the North Eastern Region


Technical

Cooperation
Programme


GtZ

Appraisal M
ission,
02
September


26

September,

2010


Minutes of Meeting


The t
wo parties signing hereunder (
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of the Development of
the North Eastern Region / MoDoNER, Government of India, and the Programme
Director, Natural Resources Management, GTZ)
declare herewith, that they agree with
the findings

and recommendations of the Appraisal of the proposed
TC
project
for
Climate Change Adaptation
for
the North Eastern Region

summarised in th
ese

Agree
d
Minutes.

1.

Status of the Agreed Minutes

The

following Minutes
will be used by both sides as a reference doc
ument for further
discu
s
sions in the preparation for the Programme.
They do not constitute a binding
document. It is mutually understood that all stat
e
ments and remarks and all
understandings reache
d are subject to approval by gtz

and by the German Governm
ent.
Likewise, statements of the Indian side are su
b
ject to approval of the relevant higher
authorities.

These
Agreed Minutes will be used for the formulation of the proposal by
German
Technical Cooperation (GTZ and InWEnt)

to the Ministry of Economic Coop
eration and
Development (BMZ), Government of Germany, and further for the formulation of the
Project Request

by the MoD
o
NER to the
Department of
Economic Affairs
(DEA)

of the
Ministry of Finance, Government of India
.
The recommendations of the Minutes are
subject to further
confirmation by the proceedings of the forthcoming negotiations to be
held in November 2010 between the Government of India and the Government of
Germany.

The Minutes
summarises the discussions and decisions taken during
the wrap up
meet
ing for the Joint Appraisal of the
TC part of the
Programme


Adaptation to Climate
Change in the North East
” on 4
th

October 2010 at MoDoNER. The wrap
-
up meeting was
chaired by the Joint Secretary, MoDoNER (Mrs. Jayshree Mukherjee). A list of
participants
is annexed (
See Annex 1)
.


2.

Major findings and recommendations of the A
ppraisal

The major findings and recommendations of the appraisal in regard to the proposed TC
interventions in the NE States Sikkim, Nagaland and Meghalaya were in principle
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confirmed an
d are reflected in the Agreed Minutes for the NE States Sikkim, Nagaland
and Meghalaya, which are attached to this Minutes (
see Annex
2
-
4
)
.

The recommendations of the appraisal
in regard to the proposed TC interventions for a
regional component on Knowledg
e Management were in principle confirmed and are
presented in a separate document with the title: “Regional Knowledge Management
Component in the TC Project on Adaptation to Climate Change in the North East” (CCA
-
NE), which are attached to this Minutes (
s
ee Annex
5
).

3.

Collaboration between Financial (FC) and Technical Cooperation (TC)

Technical Cooperation and Financial Cooperation intend to closely cooperate for
implementation of the CCA
-
NE programme. Potential synergies between TC and FC
have been discuss
ed and elaborated.


4.

Additional points raised during the wrap up meeting

4.1 National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and State Action Plans on
Climate Change (SAPCC):

All proposals made by either FC or TC need to provide evidence of being in line wi
th the
NAPCC, and need to make reference to particular demands for implementation of the
SAPCC in the respective State of the NER.

GTZ has started to directly support the establishment of SAPCC in Sikkim and
Meghalaya, and has initiated consultative proce
sses on provision of support to the
establishment of the SAPCC in Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh under the
ongoing project “Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas” (MoEF & GTZ). Funds
for those support actions have been made available from this

ongoing project, and have
been allocated for those purposes on request and thus

with the consent of the MoEF.

Ministry of DONER has no objection if gtz assists the NE States for preparation of their
SAPCC through other projects with the consent of the c
oncerned nodal Ministry.

4.2 Inclusion of Assam in the forthcoming TC project on CCA in the NER

The State Government of Assam has already been approached by GTZ in the context of
GTZ support to the establishment of SAPCC. Further support within the frame
work of the
forthcoming TC project is subject to clearly identified technical areas, which are within
reach of the financial possibilities of German TC, and emerge from demands arising from
implementation of the SAPCC. It is also expected that Assam will b
e included in the
group of State of the NER, which receive full support from German TC in a subsequent
phase.

However, efforts will be made by German TC to link the setup of a regional knowledge
management network for climate change adaptation with approp
riate networks and
structures in Assam.

4.3 More evidences of climate change impact and vulnerability

In follow up of the information and data provided through the scientific study
commissioned by KfW and conducted by Prof. N.H. Ravindranath, (Centre fo
r
Sustainable Technologies & Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science,
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Bangalore) on Climate Change (vulnerability assessment study) in the NER, more
detailed information is required on climate change impacts, peoples´ coping strategies,

and peoples´ adaptive capacities. The government of Sikkim has started work in this
direction and is happy to share methodologies with the other NER States.

4.4

Possibilities of pre
-
project support for preparation of the forthcoming FC
project

For a prep
aration of the forthcoming investment programme of FC it was found important
to start early with awareness raising and trainings particularly on local level. For this
purpose pre
-
project support from KfW has been requested.

4.5 Regional Knowledge Manage
ment

The functions of a hub and platform for a regional knowledge management network
could best be provided by a recognized and well established regional organization,
which already has institutional membership of all States of the NER. The organization
s
uitable for such a role will be decided after assessment of the capacity and role of the
available organizations and discussions with stakeholders.

4.6 Knowledge management at State level

Knowledge management includes State specific programmes and regi
onal programme
packages. It is expected that each of the States (Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya) would
build a State internal knowledge management network, which would address:



Generation of knowledge on good natural resource management practices

in
times of
climate change,



Document
ation of such

good practices
in

sustainable resource
management
from

selected pockets of the State
,



Discuss
ion of

findings at selected forums at district

and
state

level
,



Generation of knowledge products on adaptation to climate cha
nge

for
government
policy advice at various levels (including State) on
sustainable and
productive
use
of
available natural resources
,




Generat
ion of

knowledge products

on adaptation to climate change
, which can
be used State wide
,

regionally
, and beyond.

The government of Nagaland, in this regard, requested GTZ to include the yet to be
established Climate

Change Center for Studies (C3S) in Nagaland in TC support
programmes for knowledge management.


4.7 Knowledge Management
a
nd Monitoring

Monitoring ac
tivities and monitoring results of programmes in a State (particularly in
regard to the implementation of the SAPCC) should be integrated into a State
knowledge management system on climate change.


4.8 To be corrected for the Agreed Minutes Nagaland

Th
e
lead executing agency
in Nagaland for the TC project
is the State Government of
Nagaland represented by the Agriculture Production Commissioner and not by the
Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner.

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5.

Proposed TC Project Design

The main
elements of the TC project design include

i)

The project goal and objective

ii)

The project indicators

iii)

The project steering structure

iv)

Staffing

The
project goal

shall be the same for FC and TC and shall read:


Rural people in the
North East

enhance their livelih
ood resilience and adaptive
capacities to the impacts of climate variability and change


The
TC project objective

need
s

to capture the
summary of expected
outcome of all
intervention areas
in the 3 States and the Region. Following project objective has bee
n
agreed:


Government departments, key partner institutions and communities in the
North East

States have policies, competencies and instruments for adaptation to climate change


The
TC project indicators

describe results of interventions

in the 3 States a
nd in the
Region
,
and
incorporate
the
indicators of agreed

minutes of the 3 States. Following
Project indicators have been agreed upon:

i)

Joint review of SAPCC by Government and other stakeholder groups ensures that
adaptation measures are implemented in pub
lic sector programmes along needs
of vulnerable groups in rural areas.

ii)

Key stakeholders, such as NGOs, CBOs, research institutes, micro
-

finance
suppliers, government scheme holders have clarity on their roles to promote CC
resilient value chains in selec
ted priority commodities.

iii)

State governments use knowledge products to take informed policy and service
delivery decisions, which address CC related vulnerability needs of rural
communities.

iv)

State governments use a regional KM forum and network for sharin
g information,
for generating knowledge products, and for providing demand based services.

v)

Training institutions are able to deliver CCA relevant trainings along identified
needs.





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The
TC project steering structure

in the States will be

built on the
existing structures
dealing with climate change within each State
. The TC project steering structure has the
overall leadership of MoDoNER.



Functions





Structure









Staffing

and consultants

The TC Project shall have following staf
f and consultant services deployed for the
duration of 3 years:

1 international expert



for up to 36 person months

4 national experts




for up to 144 person months

3 national support staff



for up to 108 person months

International consulta
nts



for up to 6 person months

National consultants



for up to 16 person months

6.

Further
Steps

i)

Formulation of a Project Request

by the MoD
o
NER to
the DEA,
MoFinance,
Government of India,

ii)

Bilateral negotiations between the Government of India and the Gove
rnment of
Germany in
Nov

2010
,

iii)

Formulation and submission of the project proposals (GTZ & InWEnt) to the
German Government,

MoDoNER

NEC,
State Nodal Agencies and TC

Team

CC Nodal
Office

Lead executing

agency

Sikkim

Nagaland

Megh
alaya

State level review, planning,
budgeting, management decisions

State level policy decisions and
directions

Overall

planning
review and
monitoring

of

the TC project

Lead executing

agency

Lead executing

agency

CC Nodal
Office

CC Nodal
Office

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iv)

Signing of the
Programme

Implementation
Agreement between MoDONER and
German Technical Cooperation, Delhi
, expected during the first

quarter of 2011,

v)

Start of the
programme

expected for

April, 2011.




Delhi, 21
ST


October, 2010





Jay
a
shree Mukherjee

Joint Secretary

MoDoNER

Government of India


Vera Scholz


Programme Director, Natural Resources
Management, GTZ