Urban India and climate change: mitigation strategies towards inclusive growth
- Ahmad, Sohail; Choi, Mack Joong
- Issue Date
- Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, No.6, pp. 60-73
- Climate change has emerged a major challenge for sustainable human settlement. The recent
studies have established scientific evidences for climate change. This paper presents impacts of climate
change in the urban India, which has about 30 percent of population and expected to grow over 800
million by next 50 years.
Citizens are already facing adverse impact of climate change, which is evenly spread throughout the
country and mostly to vulnerable citizens. Indias expenditure on adaption measures was exceeded 2.6
percent of the GDP in 2006-07 shows the magnitude of monetary loss by climate change. Due to
complexity of issues, systematic strategies are needed for adaption and mitigation. In the light of
National Action Plan on Climate Change two urban sectors viz. urban transportation and municipal
solid waste management are assessed and suggestions have been made for mitigation strategies.
This study is broadly based on published researches and documents. Findings reveal that yet, the
climate change is not taken seriously by policy makers, hence blue print for mitigation havent placed.
Findings suggest systematic mitigation measures for sustainable development which will lead to
inclusive growth too. The need for collaborative planning among various stakeholders is emphasized