Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Economic Resilience in a Changing Climate: Tales of Adaptation from Four Indian Cities

Magnolia, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Friday, January 4, 2019


Climate change has emerged as a defining issue of our time. Cities, with their dense urban and economic agglomerations and concentrations of human life are especially vulnerable to the pressures of a changing climate. The devastating effects of many recent extreme events from intensive precipitation, to coastal flooding to rising temperatures have vividly underlined these risks. Learning lessons from experiences on the ground, and from history, about possible paths toward more economic and climate resilient cities has never been more urgent.


The Seminar marks the culmination of our Rockefeller (ACCCRN) funded project the economic competitiveness of cities in an era of climate change. This project focused on two pressing challenges of the 21st century city: coping with the growing pace of urbanization in countries like India, and the need for existing and emergent cities to adapt to the risks of climate change. Through case studies of four cities, the project traced the complex overlaps between a city’s development and adaptation goals. It explored how everyday development decisions, if made in more climate aware and innovative ways, can foster both climate resilience and inclusive urban economic growth. This seminar is aimed at disseminating our findings and initiating discussions to help inform policy design in this arena.


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      09.30 am Registration


      10.00 am Welcome Remarks : Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER



      10.10 am Presentation of the summary report by Dr. Meenu Tewari
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      10.45 am Presentation of selected studies from the project:
          -Climate-Proofing a Water System: How Surat Learned and Adapted – Dr. Indro Ray
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          -Climate Adaptation in Manufacturing firms: lessons from Surat – Dr. Saon Ray
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          -Burden of Disease and Climate Interactions – Dr. Amrita Goldar
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          -Role of Waterways in Promoting Urban Resilience of Kochi – Mr. Sandeep Paul
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          -Solid Waste Management in India – Mr. Utkarsh Patel
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      11.35 am Tea/Coffee Break


      11:45 am Panel Discussion: Climate Adaptation in India: Insights for Public Action


      Panelists :

          Mr. Gopalakrishna Bhat, Chairperson, Taru Leading Edge

          Dr. Usha P. Raghupathi, Professor (Retd.) National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

          Dr. Amit Prothi, Head, India National Strategy at 100ResilientCities


      Moderated by Dr. Meenu Tewari



      12.35 pm Q and A Session


      12.55 pm Vote of Thanks


      01.00 pm Lunch


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