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COP 22 - Climate Change Adaptation Actions in India

Climate change is adversely impacting crucial sectors of economy in India including agriculture, water resources, natural ecosystems, health, sanitation, infrastructure, energy. The Government of India (GoI) has taken early steps for a concerted approach towards addressing climate change through the development of policy frameworks in the form of creating National and State Action Plans on Climate Change.

In particular, the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) as an Accredited Entity for national and international funding mechanisms viz. Adaptation Fund, Green Climate Fund and National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change, is playing crucial role for adaptation action in India. WRI being a thought leader in the adaptation domain is one of the key partners of NABARD in this endeavour, helping in various ways to bridge the policy-practice gap and integrate adaptation in the national development processes.

The side-event 'Climate Change Adaptation Actions in India', hosted by NABARD at COP 22 along with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) aims to deliberate on current policy framework and priorities, learnings from project and programme implementation, barriers related to finance, technology, stakeholder engagement and scaling up. The event is expected to facilitate an interchange of national and international perspectives with regard to adaptation actions, promote a national and international funding mechanism for adaptation action in India and evolve a strategy for mainstreaming adaptation action in development planning.

Eminent speakers include important stakeholders from GoI, international funding agencies and key national level partners who are engaged in adaptation activities in India. Mr. Nambi Appadurai, WRI India, is a panelist at this side event. To see the full list of panelists, click here.


Nambi Appadurai, WRI India at the session on Climate Adaptation Actions in India

The "Climate Change Adaptation Actions in India” side event served as an important platform for assessing the lessons learned in terms of adaptation planning, prioritization and implementation under national and international funding mechanisms. This was the second event at the India Pavilion after it was inaugurated by the Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

Mr. R. R. Rashmi, the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) and Climate Change (CC), chaired this session. He recognised the valuable contributions of WRI India and the partnership we have fostered with NABARD. Nambi Appadurai, WRI India, presented on climate adaptation best practices in India. In addition, participants expressed interest in WRI India's scaling framework.

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