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GCOM: Training and Capacity Building for Cities








India has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the world as per the World Economic Outlook in 2020 and 2021. By 2030, the country’s urban population is expected to be 590 million and cities will be producing 70% of India’s GDP. Along with being an economic driver, cities can provide residents with a better quality of life with access to better service provision and infrastructure. To meet this urban demand, India will have to build 700-900 million square meters of residential and commercial infrastructure, 350-400 kilometers of metro or subway, and 19,000-25,000 kilometers of road lanes every year. As urbanization increases, climate change impacts disasters like floods, storms, droughts, cyclones, and heat waves, which have also increased their frequency. In the last year, heavy monsoons resulted in cities like Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, and Vadodara experiencing flooding, meanwhile, Chennai was severely affected by water scarcity and had to close schools and businesses. Such climate impacts cause loss of life as well as impact economic growth. It is estimated that climate change will cost the Indian economy ₹8.42 lakh crore by 2050 if emissions continue at the current rates. As India moves toward a $5 Trillion economy, cities will play an integral part in its development. It is important that this development considers the effect of climate change as cities will act as a major contributor to climate change as well as they will be one of the worst affected areas. To help cities mitigate and adapt to the same, ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) helps in systematically integrating the development of climate actions in cities. To further support the development of climate actions, Climate Centre for Cities focuses on supporting Indian cities, implementing the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, Capacity Building of city officials on all indicators of the CSCAF 2.0, and strengthening the climate alliance to support climate actions and data-informed decision making across Indian cities. To further strengthen its Capacity Building efforts, the Climate Centre for Cities has partnered with the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) for Energy and Climate to conduct two national and one regional workshop for building Training and Capacity of the City Officials on Mitigation and Adaptation systems that can be developed by the cities. This will help cities understand mitigation and adaptation steps they can take to implement climate actions on the ground as well to move forward in the national climate assessments and reporting especially in the area of climate-informed urban planning.

Anshul Abbasi Lead (Policy and Planning)

Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar Lead

Ankita Raman Research Associate

29 Aug 2022 09:30 am
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Workshop: Developing GHG Emissions Inventory, Disaster Resilience Plans and Climate Actions
Training and Workshop

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