India is going to be affected strongly by climate change, with impacts especially upon the agricultural sector and the country’s coastlines. Climate change has been on the national policy agenda since 2007, being integrated into mainstream policy framework through planning processes on national and state levels. India continues to be a major actor in the international climate negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The India Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) supports information and monitoring of climate policy in India, focusing on low-carbon energy generation, energy efficiency, as well adaptation needs. HBF supports the expansion of renewable energies, by showcasing policy options and experiences from the “energy transition” in Germany. As an international organization, HBF promotes dialogue around the international negotiation processes that should lead towards a global emission reduction agreement, based on the principles of equity and “common but differentiated responsibilities”.
HBF aims at a sustainable production and use of natural resources, working towards realizing improved resource governance, especially in the area of energy-relevant resources, land and water. Resource extraction and use have to respect social and environmental safeguards; communities have the right to participate in decision-making about forms of resource use that affect their livelihood. HBF also contributes to the discussion about “development” in India – what it is, and what it could (or should) be all about – and promotes debate and knowledge generation towards new and alternative forms of production and consumption, in India and worldwide.