5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum-2016 (Part-2)

November 11, 2016 by

Plenarry session on `Adaptation Planning’ was successful in portraying an overall political and policy landscape of adaptation planning at different levels, methodologies and tools to support adaptation planning at different spatial and temporal scales including gender dimension, integrating adaptation planning into national and sectoral development to include achieving sustainable development goals, engagement of actors at different levels including vulnerable communities and non-state actors. It focused on past learning and suggested the way forward within the overall theme of the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which is `Adaptation and Living Under 2 degree Celsius: Bridging Gaps in Policy and Practice’.

Prof BuddhiMarambe, Chairman, National Experts Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Sri Lanka, enhanced relevancy of the session by informing that National Adaptation Plan will be inaugurated on October 20, 2016 in Sri Lanka. He also pressed on country driven forces for adaptation plan. He further said: `Sri Lanka NAP includes 10 sectors like food security and water. Capacity building is key motto of this plan. Sri Lanka is divided into 3 climatic zones. We have done planning in comprehensive manner’.

Barney Dickson, Head, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Ecosystem division, UN Environment, Nairobi, Kenya, expressed apprehension that from where money comes for adaptation plans. `There should be provision in national budget plan’ he stressed.

Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Bangladesh emphasized on how vulnerable communities are trying to face climate change. Yuko Hoshino, Senior Assistant Director, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, said that his country started National Adaptation Plan (NAP) 3 years ago. `After adopting NAP, our focus is changed. We have started bilateral cooperation with Indonesia and other countries. Using bilateral channels, we have moved a lot but still need to move further’ he added.


Parallel Session on `Adaptation knowledge networks: Lessons from the region’ elaborated on how adaptation knowledge networks in different regions are developing their own approaches to adaptation knowledge exchange. These approached including establishment of Community of Practice, focused use of webinars, and other forms of both face to face and web-based communication. The session provided an opportunity to share experiences and to learn best practices from each other.

Jessica Hitt, Program Manager, Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), North America, shared her project on knowledge sharing and appealed enthusiasts to visit CAKE website for any queries. Peter King, Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute if Technology, Thailand, emphasized on APAN’s core business in web based knowledge management, knowledge generation, Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, sub-regional and thematic conferences and trainings.

Elena Pita, Programme Officer, REGATTA, UN Environment Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Panama, explained about REGATTA.


5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum-2016

November 4, 2016 by

The 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which held from October 17 to 19 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo, Srilanka, the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), was the primary regional platform for adaptation practitioners to meet, share their learning and experiences, and work together towards the pertinent outcomes and practical solutions that are needed to address the challenges of climate change.

Event was very timely when adaptation to climate change is turning the new reality for many nations and for many actors that strive to equip their growing populations with the means to survive and thrive in a vastly different world. One can observe that many policies are in place, but translating them so that they facilitate real action can become a real challenge given the often fragmented approaches, thinking, and perspectives that had espoused them in first place.

It is known that year 2015 has delivered 4 major global outcomes in the context of adaptation. First one is Finance for development in Addis, Second one is Sustainable Development Goals in New York, Third one is Paris Agreement (CoP21) in France and Fourth one is Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. Following these developments, countries are now embarking on delivering these global outcomes.

APAN 16 had created much expectations of bringing fruitful outputs and it succeeded its goal. Different technical sessions enhanced audience’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities encountered when planning for adaptation. Bringing together speakers from academia, civil society, governments, private sector, regional and international development organisations, this platform provided knowledge and lessons to all participants.


Event was opened by lighting the oil lamp. Welcoming the delegates, UdayaRanjithSevenirathne, secretary, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka, opined that only making policies cannot serve purpose but proper implementation would do. Prof Masataka Watanabe, Co-chair, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, asserted that delegates from 60 countries, 170 non-government organisations, 28 governments are participating in this event. `We need to improve management capacity. Managing in effective way is need of the hour. Green economy is effective manner to grow healthy economy for any country. Blue Green economy is developed in Sri Lanka and need to be discussed in this forum. Adaptation measures are implemented at local and global levels. However, it cannot be achieved without international collaboration’ added.

Presenting key note address, Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka, said his nation has 70% greenery and termed it as green island. Explaining about Sri Lanka, Premajayantha added that costal area grows coconut mainly and 50% forest is in central area. `Ocean area or blue area has enough resources. Four rivers flow in central part of Sri Lanka. Mahaweli is longest river in Sri Lanka and its development is very important for us. Existing technologies, effective policies can bring change. Decision makers can implement more economic policies for sustainable life style. Consumers should choose sustainable food and commodities to ensure food security and contribute to mitigate climate change. Networking on financial and technical aspects to tackle climate change and to ensure sustainable development is need of the hour’ he stressed.


‘Kalyan Rajya’ mantra to woo Muslims?

November 26, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

26th November 2012 11:33 AM

  • Jabbar Khan Honnalli
    Jabbar Khan Honnalli

BJP leaders admit that former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had created a strong base for the party and its ‘Ram Rajya’ mantra. Now it seems that he is turning his focus to build a ‘Kalyan Rajya’ to attract minorities, especially Muslims.

According to Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) leaders, Yeddyurappa has decided to issue tickets to 30 Muslim leaders, including former minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli, who had deserted the Congress.

However Honnali’s followers and many Muslim leaders are suspicious of Yeddyurappa’s RSS connection. “If the KJP does not desert the RSS, we will not support it,” said a follower of Honnalli.

It is also learnt that some Muslim workers raised this question at a secret meeting in Hubli on Saturday night.

One of the attendees of the meeting told Express that MLCs Mohan Limbikai and Vijay Sankeshwar tried to answer the question by saying that Yeddyurappa is everybody’s leader and he had given maximum funds for minorities during his tenure. However, none of the leaders gave a clear picture of the BSY-RSS connection.

Meanwhile, Honnalli said that Yeddyurappa has assured him of delinking from the RSS. “During our meeting, Yeddyurappa said that he is not in favour of the construction of Ram Mandir and he is building the KJP on a secular base. He is a leader committed to social justice,” he added.

Mantra of Lingayats

Yeddyurappa’s new slogan ‘Kalyan Rajya’ (welfare state) is also considered as a mantra of the Lingayats. KKJP minority workers are questioning if this slogan focuses on Lingayats.

Minorities Convention

Meanwhile, many feel that the KJP’s minorities convention in Hubli on December 2 is a welcoming ceremony for Congress deserters like Jabbar Khan Honnalli and his supporters.  Quoting MLC Limbikai’s statement, a KJP worker said that the party leaders are planing to celebrate Honnalli’s entry to the KJP in a grand manner. We also intend to show our affection for the minorities, he said.

‘Light for education’ to up attendance in schools

November 14, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – GADAG

12th November 2012 11:08 AM

  • SR Patil Foundation’s president G S Patil gives away solar lamps to students of the government school at Dambal village in Gadag | Ramakant Kamatgi
    SR Patil Foundation’s president G S Patil gives away solar lamps to students of the government school at Dambal village in Gadag | Ramakant Kamatgi

In an attempt to increase attendance of students at schools, a foundation, in association with private companies, has  been distributing solar lamps to each student of a particular class.

Ron-based S R Patil Foundation has launched a pilot scheme, said to be the first-of-its-kind in the state, in Savadi and Dambal villages of Gadag district. Foundation president and former MLA G S Patil told Express that the Foundation has intentions of addressing load-shedding problems and making students attend schools compulsorily.

“As lamps need to be charged in a panel containing 25 switches, students have to come to schools for recharging lamps and thus attendance will improve,” he explained.

He also said that 392 lamps were given to Class 5 students of government schools in both villages on November 6. There are three schools in Savadi and four in Dambal.

“These lamps have LED bulbs of 1.5 volts. Though we are providing lamps worth Rs 1,800 for study, they can be used for other household works as well,” he said.

Another mentor of the Foundation and former chief secretary of the state government B S Patil said that the necessity of such lamps was found during a survey conducted in 85 villages of the Ron Assembly segment.

“Many students and parents expressed their helplessness in overcoming the electricity problem and this was a big hurdle for them to educate their children,” he said.

He said that he observed many companies were thinking of serving rural children as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) programme.

“The RMZ Corporation, a real estate company in Bangalore, came forward to share 50 per cent of the cost for the project titled ‘Light for Education’ and we also received support from other companies like Weir India, JSW and AMR India Ltd. Our foundation will share the cost of maintenance and monitoring which will be approximately Rs 200 per lamp a year,” the former chief secretary explained.

The foundation intends to provide 4,500 lamps to government school students by December.

Calls to helplines go unanswered

November 3, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – GADAG:

Express News Service

03rd November 2012 11:22 AM

As rain has been hampering normal life in most parts of the state for the past few days, Express conducted a random check on helplines opened by Gadag district administration to attend to rain-related complaints between 3 am and 4 am on Friday.

Express called the helplines just seven hours after Deputy Commissioner Pandurang Nayak announced their launch.

Calls to Assistant Commissioner’s (AC) office number (08372-238506) and AC I J Gadyal (9886695957) went unanswered.

Also nobody took the calls made to Ron Tahsildar’s office number (08381-267239) and Tahsildar Kadidal (9916558546).

However, Kadidal called back in the morning and said the rain had stopped in the taluk.

Moreover, the numbers announced by DC for Nargund (08377-242430) and Mundargi (08371-262237) were incorrect.

When Nargund Tahsildar C I Ganachari was contacted on his cellphone (99021- 08222) he did not take the call, but called back after five minutes and gave the correct number (08377-245243).

When contacted, Mundargi Tahsildar AT Naregal said his office number was 08371-262235.

The staff at the tahsildar offices at Gadag (08372- 278532) and Shirahatti (08487-242100) attended the calls immediately.

The STD codes of various taluks were not mentioned in DC’s press release.

It should be noted that a majority of the public use mobile phones, and STD codes are required to call landline numbers. Nayak was unavailable for his comments

Study RTI properly, HDMC told

October 22, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai, ENS – HUBLI

22nd October 2012 11:57 AM

Considering seriously that the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been misinterpreted by the Hubli-Dharwad Municipality Corporation (HDMC), the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) has instructed it to study the Rule 14 of the Act properly and provide information to applicants free of cost.

According to a copy of letter dated October 11, 2012, available with Express, Under Secretary of DPAR L Venkatagiriyappa stated that the HDMC has mistaken Rule 14 of the RTI Act 2005.

According to the rule, applicants can ask many questions related to any particular issue, but  the number of words should not exceed 150. However, the HDMC had rejected the RTI applications filed by activists Santosh Nargund for asking more than one question.

Santosh told Express that the Assistant Commissioner (Administration) of the HDMC, in a letter dated August 22, 2012, had denied information for asking more than one question.

“When I filed an appeal with the Appellate Authority, he also upheld the reply of his subordinate in his letter dated September 14, 2012 and called me for hearing on September 22. However, I could not attend the hearing as the letter reached me on the same date – September 22,” he explained.

After getting replies from the HDMC, the DPAR directed it to read Rule 14 and provide information to the applicants free of cost.

Santosh termed DPAR’s direction a “warning to all officials of the state who are illegally insisting that applicants ask only one question in each application under the RTI Act.” HDMC Commissioner Y S Patil was not available for comment.

Hoisery export hub languishes

October 21, 2012 by

Hoisery export hub languishes


10th January 2011 01:01 PM

For Belgaum, the months between June and December meant big business till some years ago.

The city was a major hub for hosiery products, especially sweaters, in South India.

But the changing dynamics of business have left the city with little work for the winter months.

"June to December every year was peak season for our business," said Bharamagouda Ninganagoudra of Patil Knitting Works.

"We have forgotten that kind of winter in the recent years," he said, adding that this year, they received orders for sweaters only towards the fag end of December.

The rise and the fall

Hosiery products of the city were once exported to countries like Afghanistan and South Africa, apart from being sold all over the India.

Sweater knitting was a smallscale industry that was the bread and butter of hundreds of households. Today, there are only around 10 such units functional in the city.

According to industry sources, the hosiery industry started here in the preIndependance days of 1920s. It was boomtime till the 1960s when cotton took over as an important export crop.

The industry in Belgaum further took a beating when Tirupur in Tamil Nadu and Ludhiana in Punjab entered the knitwear industry.

Ludhiana, that earlier sold yarns to Belgaum, grew as the new hub of hosiery products in the last couple of decades of the 20th century.

Tirupur also made its name as a textile city during the same period.

Competition killing trade

"Increase in the prices of raw materials, uncertain climate, lack of skilled workers, competition of seconds sale, heavy taxes and negligence of the government are the main reasons for this slowdown," said Basavaraj Jalihal of Jalihal Knitting works.

His wife Rajashri said another important reason was the lack of organised strategy from the industry to face competition.

Sanmati Kasturi of Gomtesh Hosiery pointed out that the price of yarn increased to Rs 330 per kg from Rs 210 per kg the previous year. "If we raise the price of our products in this ratio, we will lose the existing market also," said Kasturi.

Many industrial units have shut down and their owners have entered into businesses selling Ludhiana products.

Sale of seconds on the roads has also dented the local business.

"Tibetans and other people bring products that are fancier than ours from

black markets without paying taxes to the government and sell them here at

cheap rates," alleged K L Patil, president of The Karnataka Hosiery Sahakari Utpadaka Sangha Ltd, Shahapur, Belgaum.

"We have to pay 5 per cent VAT on our products," he added.

Unlike their counterparts in Punjab who have good support from their administration, the locals here lack any kind of government support.

Lack of training

Vijay Kunda of Vijay Knit Wear feared that the industry will lose its existing work force in a few years as they were unable to hike their salaries.

He blamed it on government apathy and said no training was being provided to the new generation workers.

Officials of the Department of Handloom and Textile have a different story to tell.

"We have to give job guarantee to unemployed youth but this industry is not in a situation to provide many opportunities," said an official who did not want to be named. "We have sent a proposal for fund sanction in the budget for training of the work force in the knitting industry," he claimed.

The official said the department sanctions some funds for training workers in spinning, weaving and other handicrafts work. "This time we are expecting a green signal for training in knitting," the official said.

Also, there is no insurance facility for workers in the hosiery industry and no scholarships for their children.

Since such facilities are available to labourers in the weaving industry, many have turned to acrylic yarn and manufacturing of Tshirts, track suits, women’s wear and school uniform.

Government apathy

The government categorised this industry as part of the textile industry but power supply for knitting machines were subsidised for a long time whereas powerloom weavers get subsided power from the Hubli Electricity Supply Company.

The Department of Handloom and Textile is now providing subsidy to set up powerlooms at knitting units.

"Subsidy of 15 per cent will be given to all and 5 per cent additional subsidy is limited to minorities, women and SC, ST people under Suvarna Vastra Policy," said Zareppa Molkeri, joint director of the department.

Dwindling customers’ list

The state’s officials have shown little interest in the sector that had the army, police and the Department of Fire Fighters and Emergency Services as customers.

All their sportswear came from Belgaum’s hosiery industry but now these departments have also diverted their orders to Tirupur causing a major setback to the local industry.

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is from the state, had shown interest in selling products of the local hosiery units at Janata Bazars but it worked for only a couple of years.

Later, the government stopped selling them at Janata Bazars saying they were not handmade products.

The last bastion

Perhaps what is still keeping this industry alive in Belgaum is the fact that many private schools of Karnataka and Maharashtra still prefer sweaters from Belgaum because of their quality when compared with the stuff from Tirupur and Ludhiana.

No trace of BSY in BJP campaign

October 21, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai | ENS – HUBLI

21st October 2012 09:20 AM

With almost a vertical split in the state BJP’s ranks, the “Oust Congress, Save Country,’’ campaign organised by the party’s youth wing failed to attract people. The absence of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was quite palpable.

It appeared that the BJP has already prepared to live without Yeddyurappa.

There was no trace of the Lingayat strongman at the venue.

The former chief minister’s photos were removed from posters, banners and flexes at the venue.

Barring Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, not a single leader, including the Yeddyurappa’s camp follower Murgesh Nirani took Yeddyurappa’s name.

Nirani, instead chose to speak about the good works done by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajapayee.

Other camp followers of Yeddyurappa – ministers Basavaraj Bommai and C M Udasi skipped the event.

A few strong followers of Yeddyurappa, however, made their presence felt by shouting slogans “stop BSY, save BJP,”’ stressing the importance of Yeddyurappa for the party if it wanted to return to power in the next Assembly polls.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:17 AM

‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao,’ a campaign organised by Yuva Morcha of the state BJP at Nehru Stadium here on Saturday, warned the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre of dire consequences if it continues to neglect the interests of farmers.

Congress national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan alleged that the Congress was suppressing the farmers and poor by allowing the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is favouring Wall Street and all other Congress leaders are behaving like agents of multi-national companies,” he alleged.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar remembered how the later prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had lost power after the Bofors scandal of Rs 64 crore. “However, today’s Congress has been involved in scams of lakh crores,” he alleged.

He challenged the state Congress leaders who were making charges of misuse of Rs 600 crore under the MGNREGS to give details.

“Acting on genuine complaints, we have taken serious actions against officials who have erred in this regard,” he claimed.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:18 AM

BJP state in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan conducted a meeting in a private hotel here on Saturday to plan a strategy against former CM B S Yeddyurappa. Before participating in ‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao’ campaign, Pradhan discussed possible impact on the party after Yeddyurappa’s move of launching a new party. CM Jagadish Shettar, Deputy CM K S Eshwarappa, MP Prahlad Joshi and RSS leader Santosh were present in the meeting. It is also said that Pradhan took stock of leaders who may go with Yeddyurappa.

‘Gender discourse has come a long way’

October 15, 2012 by

Published: December 11, 2010 00:00 IST | Updated: December 11, 2010 04:02 IST

Staff Reporter

Laadli Media Awards given away to 22 persons

THE AWARDEES: Recipients of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity with actor Tara in Bangalore on Friday.

THE AWARDEES: Recipients of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity with actor Tara in Bangalore on Friday.

Gender discourse has come a long way and moved on to cover the other gender as well, said A.L. Sharada, programme director, Population First, at a function to give awaythe Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11 (Southern Region) here on Friday.

This is the third edition of the awards that is supported by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and instituted by Population First, which is a non-governmental organisation working on population and health issues within the framework of women’s rights and social development.

Twenty-two people, mostly journalists, were given the awards.

Changing the mindset

Speaking about the awards, Bobby Sista from Population First said the organisation has been working to make the world recognise the fact that women are equal and entitled to the same rights as men. “We launched Laadli Media Awards in 2007. We wanted to change a centuries-old mindset. We wanted people to realise that women, who have been under-valued, require an equal status in society,” he said.

Inclusive understanding


Ms. Sharada, addressing the gathering, said: “It is heartening that issues related to transgenders are being [covered] in both print and electronic media. This indicates a more inclusive and broader understanding of gender issues. There is now more coverage being given to gender issues, with far more understanding and better and more just perspectives.”

This year’s award winners include Sangeetha Neeraja (The New Indian Express, Chennai), Sheela Ramanathan (Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore), Sangamesh Menasinakai (The New Indian Express, Belgaum), Yeshodha Raju (Kannada Prabha), Aloysius D. Fernandez (Organ for Radical Change), R. Sambhan (Deshabhimani, Thiruvananthapuram), Reji R. Nair (Mathrubhumi, Kozhikode), Pon. Dhanasekaran (Pudhiya Thalaimurai, Tamil Nadu), K.S. Velayuthan (Kumudham), S. Vijayakumar (Dinamani), Eppa Shobha Rani (Vartha), Nirmala Kondepudi (Bhumika Streevada Patrika), Farida Raj (Siasat), Andal Priyadarshini (Doordarshan, Chennai), Potluri Rajesh (Vanitha TV), N. Vishwanath (HMTV), Ramu Suravajjula (apmediakaburlu. blogspot.com), Aarti Mohan (The Alternative, Bangalore), Swathi Shivanand (Offbeat e-zine, who was formerly with The Hindu, Bangalore).

ABN Andhra Jyoti, a Telugu news channel, won the award for its Save Girl Child campaign.

The Special Award for Contribution to Gender Sensitivity was given away to P.C. Ramakrishna, Chennai, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sarah Joseph, Kerala.

‘Long way to go’


Actor Tara Venugopal, who was the chief guest, said: “While I am happy that women have achieved so much in varied fields, I also realise we still have a long way to go.”

Parvathi Menon, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu; Dolly Thakore, National Coordinator, Laadli Media Awards; and Susheela Nair, State Coordinator of the awards, were present.

Chalukya Express to reach Tamil Nadu, Pondy

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

13th October 2012 11:44 AM

The Railways has planned to extend the Dadar-Yesvantpur-Dadar Chalukya Express to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from November.

It is the only regular train that connects Hubli, also called ‘Chota Mumbai’, to Mumbai. It is also one among three regular trains that connects Bangalore with Mumbai.

It was running from Mysore as train number 11036 every Thursday and to Mysore every Tuesday as train number 11035. As there is a demand to run a train on Coimbatore-Mumbai route, the administration is considering the demand, the sources added.

Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) member Mahendra Singi told Express that the department was extending the train three days each to Tirunelveli and Puducherry. “However, we are urging the department to differ the decision until they extend any of the three trains, that are running between Mumbai and Kolhapur currently, to Hubli,” he added.

However, passengers have already been put into confusion as the department has stopped reservations for the train. Another Consultative Committee member and Gadag MLA Shrishailappa Bidarur said that the department should take a proper decision and start reservations with immediate effect.

Another ZRUCC member Goutam Bafna said that the train has been running fully packed. “If it is extended to any other city, it will be difficult for people of the state to get reservation,” he noted.