Nepal Climate Change Support Program (NCCSP) received People's Champion Award and three Photos received Honorable Mentions of Adaptation Fund’s 2016 Global Photo Contest held in New York.
In the Adaptation Fund’s 2016 Global Photo Contest promoting “Coastal and Watershed Adaptation to Climate Change” launched on the coinciding occasion of Earth Day and Paris Climate Agreement Signing Ceremony held on April 22, 2016 in New York, Nepal Climate Change Support Program (NCCSP) received most appreciation by general public and is awarded with ‘People’s Champion’ for its adaptation photo titled “Power of Unity to Build a Dam”.
The winning photo portrays local communities constructing a dam for an irrigation canal in Lalpur ward no -1 of Khairichandanpur Village Development Committee within the Bardiya district of Midwestern Nepal. Nepal's photo was most appreciated one out of 127 photos submitted globally.
Similarly, out of eight juried Honorable Mentions, three photos portraying inland watersheds impacts and adaptation solution were from Nepal. These wining photos will appear in a dedicated album on the Adaptation Fund’s Flickr site and will also be displayed at the Fund’s upcoming Global Climate Finance Readiness Seminar at the World Bank in Washington DC July 13-15.
The NCCSP is being implemented by Nepal Government, Ministry of Population and Environment in 90 VDCs and 7 Municipalities of 14 districts of Far and Midwestern region of Nepal. The main objective of this program is to build adaptive capacity of most poor, vulnerable and marginalized community against negative impact of climate change. DFID Nepal, EU are providing financial support while UNDP is proving technical support to the program.
“We have been launching LAPA at local level. This award encourages us to do more work. We keep working on adaptation work for poor and vulnerable peopel. As Nepal is a chair of Adoption Fund Board, I am very happy to see Nepal’s adaptation program getting international recognition,” said Naresh Sharma, head of climate Finance Management Section and NAP coordinator.
“NCCSP also recognized in earlier in international level. It is a matter of satisfaction for us to say that these photos will be exhibited again in coming UNFCCC COP 22, in Morocco to show successful model of local adoption program to the global audience,” said Sharma.