Both India and Pakistan are extremely vulnerable to climate change owing to their geographic location, large populations and low adaptive capacities. As a result of their vulnerability, they are already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change. With this in mind, a Track II dialogue was organized to discuss what measures exist and could be taken by the two countries, both individually and collectively, to build resilience.
India has numerous environmental legislations to keep a check on the environmental and social impacts of the development projects in the country. A new study provides a reality check of these laws´compliance and monitoring mechanisms and suggests ways how local communities can make better use of them.
A new report analyses the recommendations from IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report against the policy framework existing in India, and identifies gaps, in order to adopt the suggestions towards a climate resilient low carbon society in India.
Coal contributes more to climate change than any other energy source. It is therefore of utmost importance that the world finds ways by which to tame King Coal, especially as international climate negotiations get underway in Paris later this month. The Coal Atlas - a joint publication by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Friends of the Earth International - highlights new facts and figures on the state of the global coal industry.
How will climate change impact on biodiversity, agriculture and settlements in the diverse ecosystems of India? “Coping with Climate Change”, edited by Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign, based on solid research and presented in a highly readable manner, documents impacts and provides suggestions for adaptation practices .
India plans to roll out an extra 100 GW of solar power generation by 2022. The "energy transition" in Germany shows the opportunities and challenges of a large-scale move to renewable energy, holding some some lessons for India.
The publication maps low carbon options in India and its feasibility on social and economical parameters. The report makes strong case of possibility increasing the RE share in Indian Energy mix without compromising on development agenda
South Asia presents a tremendous challenge on energy security to lift people out of poverty and creating the necessary infrastructure to provide healthcare, education, sanitation, clean water, food security and employment. The report maps the clean options of energy secure region.
Through misuse, we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil every year. For the International Year of Soils in 2015, this Atlas shows, why the soil should concern us all. Jointly published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.
This guidebook helps to understand the issues around climate finance needs and flows, specific to the Indian context. Such knowledge and background information is important for Indian civil society groups to meaningfully engage in debates around climate policy.
Publication Series on Ecology 38: How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Publication Series on Ecology 35: From climate change to ecosystem degradation the solution to these problems could reside in an economic “valuation” of nature and its services. But can that really give nature any better protection? This publication provides a readily understandable introduction to the subject and illuminates the concepts and instruments that follow from the idea of monetarizing nature
India's energy policy - traditional as well as renewable form of energy production - depends on natural resources. A new study looks at experiences and governance challenges in key energy-relevant resource sectors: coal, uranium and renewable energy (solar and wind), as well as at issues arising from the transnational involvement of Indian companies in energy resource acquisition.
The report captures state policies from perspective of climate change mitigation and concludes that states though being the main implementer of mitigation policies do not have “climate friendly” policies.
Consumption of meat is rising – and globally, it's the fast-growing Asian middle classes pushing the trend. To satisfy demand, the world’s farmers will need to boost meat output from a current 300 million tonnes to 470 million tonnes by 2050, drawing on double the amount of water to grow animal feed.
Big transnational corporations do what they can to stick to and increase their power in the natural resources sector and promote that as “Green Growth”. How can civil society react to that? In their paper Nancy Alexander and Lili Fuhr analyse the state of the development and formulate questions for a debate.
The current study is a small beginning for Action Aid India to understand the climate and agriculture from the perspective of small and marginal farmers. The study was conducted in three drought-prone regions of India-Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh, Balangir of Odisha and Bundelkhand regions of Uttar Pradesh.
Number of the organizations have been involved in community based energy initiatives in India. The basic characteristic of most of these initiatives is establishment of a community managed revenue model. The present toolkit on draws lesion from the practical experiences on community based renewable energy project.
Through consultations with key fisheries-based stakeholders in four States of India, this study attempts to assess perceptions of fishing communities about the impact of climate change on their lives and livelihoods.
The research assesses policies and practices for gender-just adaptation in India. The recommendations are based on consultative research carried out in 3 States of India – viz Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Strategies of valuation and compensation of forest loss are central to forest regulation in India. A new book by Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon looks at the continuity between the domestic regulation on forests and the new abstractions created by the climate change discourse in the form of REDD and REDD+
Nuclear Energy generation is slated to rise in the coming decades from the present 3 percent to upto 20 percent in the energy mix of India. With climate change concerns, nuclear energy is now being brought back and reconsidered as 'clean' and 'zero cost' energy. The amount of waste created will increase manifold
The book analysis at environmental policy framing approaches within India, its priorities, challenges and opportunities. The climate change as an issue have been looked through in detail from all aspects like equity, poverty, diplomacy, policy framework, etc… The COP in Copenhagen was an important milestone in International climate Negotiations and weighing all the aspects of taking a decision, the author has proposed a way forward
The study Evaluation of Ecosystem Services and Forest Governance by LEAD India which was supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation deals with the important ecosystem services that flow from the forests of Uttarakhand Himalaya. It aims at sensitizing and raising awareness among the stakeholders on the value of such life supporting systems.