India's States and Climate Change Preparedness

India's States and Climate Change Preparedness

11 February 2016
Vasudha Foundation
Place of Publication: New Delhi
Date of Publication: January 2016
Number of Pages: 70
Language of Publication: English

India is among the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change. This has been amply demonstrated several times over. India’s GDP when compared with other countries in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, is now the third highest in the world after China and the USA “although there are in India some very rich, and even some extravagantly rich people, their numbers are not statistically significant, and the number of people who have the standard of living of the American middle class is still very limited” India is thus a large economy in gross terms, but still populated by a large number of very poor people.This adds to the level of its vulnerability.

Thus India needs to catch up in a manner that doesn’t leave it vulnerable to a blowback from impacts of Climate Change that are expected to become more and more severe with time. Instead, India needs to develop in a manner that would make it resilient to the unfolding impacts of climate change.

The report deepens the understanding of the implications of the predictions of Climate Vulnerability and Mitigation Potential under various scenarios by the IPCC from an Indian Context and identifies the gaps in current policies and policy framework in India in the light of the IPCC findings. It analyse cross cutting issues like Legal and Institutional Reforms, Fiscal and Monetary Policy Measures, Integrated Planning and Decision Making and sectoral issues like Climate Resilient Ecosystem, Climate Resilient Infrastructure, Climate Resilient Agriculture, Energy Efficiency, Social Sector Reforms and Safety Net, Climate Resilient Water Management, Education and Awareness, Disaster Risk Reduction, etc…


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