Now plan your crop depending on water availability in future
On Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country to unveil an online platform that would enable users to access and visualize map based climatic, physical and socio-economic data aimed at climate adaptation and resilience planning.
Called Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), the platform has been jointly developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the MP State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change (MPSKMCCC) of the Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization (EPCO).
After Madhya Pradesh, a similar platform would be unveiled in Uttrakhand, too. Available at prepdata.org, the platform is open sourced and can be accessed by anyone.
So how does it work? The online platform uses dashboards that pull together various related data sets pertaining to say a specific agricultural activity. One of the demonstrations organized by the WRI in Bhopal on Tuesday included a dashboard showing wheat production in Madhya Pradesh.
The dashboard pulled together data related to cultivation area, yield and production with annual rainfall data which would help practitioners of wheat cultivation look at water as an input. In other words, the data available would help all stakeholders, policy makers, agriculture scientists, and farmers take an informed decision about the type of wheat they should be sowing based on the water availability in the coming years.
"We will be making the platform available in Hindi as well so that it can be accessed by farmers," said Namrata Ginoya, Senior Project Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, WRI, India.
"India is our first real application of the PREPdata platform," said Lauretta Burke from WRI's Climate Resilience Practice. "In the two pilot states, we aim to build data content, to help mainstream state climate action plans, and to give sectoral agencies better access to data and vulnerability assessment reports."
"The dashboard will help us not only in-disseminating climate information but also in developing quality projects. We coordinate with various other departments like agriculture, water resources, and others and this platform will be an important addition to our work at EPCO", concluded Lokendra Thakkar, Coordinator, SKMCCC, EPCO.