Climate Change Adaptation

Our Philosophy

Reduce vulnerabilities and better adapt to climate change through sustainable pathways.

The country has been experiencing the impact of climate change over the last decades. As per the projections climate change will further increasing the frequency of extreme weather conditions, threaten food and nutritional security, water security, exacerbation of inequality, displacement of the population due to climate hazards, migration of population from rural to urban areas. By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems.

In the current scenario, India though it’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) has put forward the target of reduction of emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 level and committed to invest in clean energy, adaptation and creation of an additional carbon sink and as a key priority.

During review it was realized that Climate Change Adaption should be a separate vertical. It has been a critical area of work that is evolving within IGSSS to respond to evolving developmental issues. IGSSS has initiated lots of interventions for climate change adaptation and has also appointed a thematic expert to lead this. Therefore, it has been included as a new thematic area. The strategy is evolving and currently the focus is to build synergies between climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development across its thematic verticals. 

IGSSS intends to intensify its work in the following areas:

Building Resilient Communities and Livelihood Systems: IGSSS strives to build climate resilient communities who are better adapt to changing climate and disasters. Our focus will be on establishing diverse and integrated agricultural systems with focus on Climate Smart Agriculture, soil and water conservation and management, natural resource management and sustainable technologies (clean energy).

Promoting Environment Sustainability in Urban Settings: Paris Climate Agreement set target of binding 2 degree rise in global temperature. IGSSS well recognize the implication of rapidly increasing urbanization and its contribution in greenhouse gas emission. Working on the vulnerability issues of urban settlement, IGSSS will concentrate on climate change mitigation through sustainable energy, increasing green spaces, waste management and integrating disaster risk reduction into urban planning through coalition building.     

Youth Ambassador against Climate Change: Recognizing huge potential of youth we plan to mobilize and unleash youth leadership for resilience building to changing climate. The initiative aims to train and support individuals at school, campus or community level to promote positive actions on localized context of climate issues.

Research, Networking and Policy Engagement: Evidence building though conducting research, identifying areas of advocacy and highlighting good practices on ground will feed into other thematic areas. Networking with innovators, local, regional and national organizations, technical experts and research institutions, networks and alliances working in rural and urban areas are the key focus for bringing innovative solutions and policy engagement from local to national level.

Climate Change Projects

Reviving Green Spaces in Delhi

Reviving Green Spaces in Delhi

Friends for Change project was implemented with the support of Disney India. The focus of the project was to revive ecological balance through creating biodiversity parks in selected areas of Delhi. Neighbourhood schools and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) were...

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