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POLICY BRIEF: Rising Temperatures, Deadly Threat: Recommendations for Ahmedabad’s Government Officials

Higher daily peak temperatures and longer, more intense heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent globally due to climate change. Extreme heat events already have had a significant impact in India, where summer temperatures are historically high. Although national programs in India exist to address many effects of climate change, the country has yet to implement strategies to adapt to increasing heat. Through the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and a partnership of organisations, Ahmedabad is the first Indian city to create a comprehensive early warning system and preparedness plan for extreme heat events.

This paper, Rising Temperatures, Deadly Threat: Recommendations for Ahmedabad’s Government Officials, makes recommendations to Ahmedabad’s Government officials, on the current or potential disaster relief and adaption initiatives in Ahmedabad, inlcuding initiatives at a central government level, state government level and makes policy recommendations for building resilience to extreme heat in Ahmedabad. This brief is one of four published to provide specific recommendations for leading stakeholders and the most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by extreme heat: key government agencies, health care professionals, outdoor workers, and slum communities.

For further reading on Ahmedabad’s heat action plan, see below: