The Strategic Pilot on Adaptation to Climate Change (SPACC) Project is implemented in 9 Hydrological Units, spread over 143 habitations of the extent of about 134,442 ha, covering a population of 204,567. Bharathi Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) is the Executing Partner of the SPACC project. While the Project Management Office (PMO) of BIRDS provides technical and managerial support, its Nodal Desk at the registered office (Nandyal town in Kurnool district) takes care of financial and fiduciary management. BIRDS Field Unit, based at Allagadda town, directly implements the project activities, in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. BIRDS sub-contracted eight partner Non Governmental Organizations (PNGOs) viz., Gram Vikas Samstha (GVS) in Chittoor (Field Unit at Madanapalle town); People’s Activity and Rural Technology Nurturing Ecological Rejuvenation (PARTNER) in Kadapa (Field Unit at Porumamilla town); Star Youth Association (SYA) in Anantapur (Field Unit at Guthi town); Center for Applied Research and Extension (CARE) in Mahbubnagar (Field Unit at Achampet town); Social Awareness for Integrated Development (SAID) in Nalgoda (Field Unit at Miryalaguda town); and Development Initiatives and People’s Action (DIPA), Collective Activity for Rejuvenation of Village Arts and Environment (CARVE) and Society for Sustainable Agriculture And Forest Ecology (SAFE) in Prakasam district (Field Units at Giddalur, Markapur and Cumbhum towns, respectively).

Climate Change Adaptation Committees (CCACs) are constituted at the habitation and hydrological unit (HU) level. CCACs serve as a platform for populations vulnerable to drought and water scarcity because of climate change/variability. They are key farmers’ institutions that manage the climate monitoring system at the habitation and hydrological unit level and disseminate information and knowledge on climate variability/change. This includes identification of site for establishing climate monitoring system, selection of volunteers, data collection, and update climate change database. Further, they take lead in the design and implementation of Sustainable and Land Water Management (SLWM) Pilots and Climate Field Schools (CFS). The PNGOs will back stop the CCACs in implementing these activities. The PNGOs will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HU-level CCACs for effective implementation of project activities, monitoring, and development of annual work plans. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) provides supervision and technical guidance in project implementation. The FAO Representative (FAOR) in India is responsible for the final approval of all project progress and financial statements, procurement plans and disbursement requests.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC), constituted with stakeholders at the national and state level, guides project implementation. The PSC is the policy setting body for the project and The PSC is responsible for providing general oversight in the execution of the Project and ensures that all inputs and processes required for the implementation of project activities. Also, the PSC endorses the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) and reviews activities and achievement of outputs.

The PSC is chaired by Mr. D.V. Raidu, I.A.S. (Rtd),State Project Advisor, CMSA Program, SERP, DRO GoAP, a representative of the GoAP Commissioner for Rural Development. The PSC consists of members from FAO, MoEF (GoI), Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), GoI, Department of Rural Development (GoAP), Department of Panchyat Raj (GoAP), Department of Agriculture (GoAP), and BIRDS. The Project Manager acts as Secretary and the Executive Director of BIRDS (ED) is the Convener. Additionally, members of CBOs and reputed citizens, representatives of agencies working on climate change adaptation are invited to attend PSC meetings, as and when the situation demands. The PSC meets twice a year.

The SPACC Project uses the Results Based Management System (RBMS) to monitor the achievement of project results and objectives. A Project Monitoring System (PMS) is used to keep track of the project progress, of the approved work plan and budgets. PMS ensures that the project is well managed, implemented, within budget and on time to result in the expected outputs. Project Monitoring System is carried out using two tools viz., Physical Progress Monitoring System (PPMS) and Financial Progress Monitoring System (FPMS). Monthly Progress Reports of the Field/Support Units form the basis for PPMS, using MS Excel as platform of data management. Progress is reported against a detailed list of indicators and respective targets proposed in the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) 2011 documents. Financial Progress Monitoring is carried out mainly using Tally package.

Additionally, Project Partner’s Meeting (PPM) provides a platform for all the implementing stakeholders to come together and deliberate upon the status of the implementation, i.e., program progress vis a vis financial.

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