Meghalaya's state action plan proposal on climate change projects was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forest & Climate Change, an official said here today. The proposed outlay for identified actions is about Rs 6298 crore and sectors covered include agriculture, sustainable habitat, forestry, sustainable water management, mining, energy, and other issues include eco-tourism and health, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr S Ashutosh said. Addressing at the inaugural function of the Media workshop on climate change reporting here organised by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) and the state government, he said 150 actions had been identified across six sectors out of which 76 actions were identified as priority actions. Another project 'Rejuvenation and Climate Proofing of Spring-sheds for Livelihood, Water and Food Security in Meghalaya' was sanctioned under the newly constituted National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change, he said. The four-year Rs 22.92 crore project is expected to benefit 16,494 households and revive 306 spring-sheds across 11 districts, he said The project aims to revive impaired and critical springs to ensure enhanced flow of water food and livelihood security under convergence approach as a climate change adaptation strategy for the vulnerable communities through scientific and participatory development of spring-sheds, he said. The project will be implemented by the state directorate of Soil and Water Conservation.
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