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Climate Change and Cities: Learning Series

The 10-part E-learning series is being launched in partnership with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with various alliance partners as well as city Authorities. It aims to build a common understanding of cities about climate change and their role in mainstreaming climate actions through policies and regulations, planning and implementation of programs and projects. This initiative will enable peer city interactions, interactions with subject matter experts and will provide a platform to explore long term collaborations with city authorities across India for building climate actions in cities.

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Session 4: Green Buildings for Resilient Cities

This session will introduce the audience to concept of green buildings, their significance in climate resilience and mitigation, their benefits and components and the role of national and local governments in promoting green buildings through policies and programs. The session will also showcase various building efficiency and clean energy initiatives undertaken in different cities and their experiences on the process of implementation, challenges faced, and learnings.


  • Dhilon Subramanian, Senior Project Associate, Energy Program, WRI India
  • Saswati Chetia, Associate Director, Greentech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Prerna Mehta, Associate Director, Urban Development, WRI India (Moderator)

Session 3: Nature-based Solutions

The session will introduce various Nature-based Solutions (NbS) that have been adopted by cities to address climate related challenges. The effective implementation of NbS that involves inter-departmental coordination along with other stakeholder participation will be discussed. Tools available to compare the costs and benefits for making informed decisions on where NbS is appropriate will also be highlighted.


  • Vidya Soundarajan, Director, Ecological Footprint, WWF India
  • Dr. Faiyaz A Khudsar, Biodiversity Parks Program, Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi
  • Raina Singh, Lead-Policy and Partnerships, Climate Centre for Cities, NIUA (Moderator)

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Session 2: Air Pollution

This session will discuss the causes and impacts of air pollution and explain various tools to measure air pollution and air quality in India. It will also provide sector-wise actionable items to tackle air pollution and inform on co-benefits of air pollution mitigation and adaptation strategies. The session will showcase a case study explaining the experience of Source Apportionment Study in Surat and other cities and will also update on new initiatives undertaken by GPCB, Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), Handbook of Clean Construction Practices, etc.


  • Ajay S Nagpure, Head, Air Quality and Sustainable Cities, WRI India
  • R Suresh, Area Convener, Centre for Environmental Studies, TERI
  • Parag U Dave, Senior Environment Engineer and Regional Officer, Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Surat
  • Prerna Mehta, Associate Director, Urban Development, WRI India (Moderator)

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Session 1: Urban Resilience

The session on ‘Urban Resilience’ will focus on actions for mainstreaming resilience in short-term, mid-term and long-term planning. Leveraging ongoing initiatives for achieving resilience co-benefits and active engagement with stakeholders for building awareness and resilience actions will also be discussed.


  • Sourabh Gaidhani, Lead, Programs, Resilient Cities Network
  • Nupur Prothi Khanna, Founder, Beyond Built
  • Mahesh Harhare, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Pune
  • Vaishnavi Shankar, Lead, Training & Capacity Building Climate Centre for Cities, NIUA (Moderators)

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