Odds are that 2016 is already set to be yet another "hottest year on record". This week Ahmedabad, in Western India, broke a hundred-year record with reported maximum temperatures of 46.9°C (116.4°F). [more...]
India is home to one third of the world’s poorest people, and faces a complicated and integrated set of climate compatible development (CCD) challenges. Although it is a middle-income country, with a current GDP growth rate of 4.8%, 400 million remain under the poverty line (World Bank, 2013). It is ranked 135th on the Human Development Index (UNDP; Human Development Index, 2014). Over half of the population depend on the agriculture sector for their livelihood. India is acutely vulnerable to climate change and its vulnerability is set to increase between 2010 and 2030 (DARA; Climate Vulnerability Monitor, 2012). Agricultural productivity is increasingly affected by changing temperatures, rainfall patterns and natural disasters. It is also the fifth largest GHG emitter in the world and 70% of electricity production is from coal despite a large renewable energy potential. There is therefore a risk of locking in the country to a future high-carbon economy.
State Governments are a crucial actor in responding to climate change challenges. They have an important role in delivering national CCD policies as well as authority to prioritise their own budgetary resources. However, a lack of capacity as well as access to expert information and advice on CCD is limiting their effectiveness.
CDKN is strengthening leadership, policies and programmes on CCD at the state level in support of national policies. Partnerships with state, city and district governments are producing new evidence on CCD and new policy initiatives which channel finance and deliver action to build the resilience of the most vulnerable. CDKN’s current focus is on preparing states for implementation of the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) and climate-smart disaster risk management policy frameworks.
Our work aims to show the potential for ‘triple-wins’ of CCD - economic growth, reducing GHG emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. We then work with the central Government and others to leverage and inform wider programmes and resources.