Enabling greater climate resilience and improved health outcomes
We attempt to work at the intersection of city systems and the thematic areas of climate and urban public health to enable the systemic transformation of India’s cities and towns. Our aim is to improve quality of life, especially for women and the urban poor, by improving the quality of city infrastructure and services.
In our mission to strengthen city-systems and build inclusive, resilient cities, we explored the below possibilities under Public Health:
Climate change is intensifying at an unprecedented scale and its impact is likely to worsen in the following years if immediate, effective and systemic action is not undertaken. India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases and as part of global negotiation has made bold pledges. Furthermore, India’s rapid urban transition is underway and the country is geared for a large growth trajectory both economically and in population.
Indian cities, while traditionally seen as consumers & emitters, also stand to be affected by severe climate impact due to the concentration of peoples, economic activities, assets, and social and cultural institutions.
India’s most significant response to address these impacts are commitments to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) at the international level, converted to a National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC); which is then cascaded down to the State and District levels (as SAPCCs and District Plans). But there are a few conundrums when one tries to look at effective City Climate Action:
The above concerns need to be mapped at the level of the root causes, and seeing cities as larger city-systems. Application of city-systems to climate action, as a use case, would result in identifying challenges across the framework.
Towards this end, the Climate team at Janaagraha works at the intersection of city-systems and environment in order to identify and work on resolving systemic governance challenges that would enable effective climate action.