Delhi Workshop Focuses on Building Climate Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions

Experts, practitioners gather to discuss strategies for safeguarding urban and coastal communities

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) India, in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), hosted a crucial workshop titled “Adapting to the Edge: Urban and Coastal Climate Resilience” in New Delhi on [date]. This event, part of the ongoing Climate Action Workshop Series, brought together experts, practitioners, government officials, and CSR leaders to explore nature-based solutions for safeguarding India’s future against climate change.

Memorandum of Understanding Signed for Collaborative Action

Highlighting the urgency of collaboration, AKAH India and NIUA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the workshop. This partnership, driven by a shared vision, will focus on research, discussions, and coalition building to tackle climate adaptation, urban habitat management, disaster risk reduction, and the promotion of nature-based solutions and biodiversity.

Keynote Address Emphasizes Nature-Based Solutions

Mr. Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa for the Government of India and former CEO of NITI Aayog, delivered the keynote address, underscoring the critical role of nature-based solutions in protecting coastal cities – vital economic hubs with vulnerable infrastructure. He urged prioritizing disaster-proofing, low-carbon development, and resilient infrastructure while highlighting the cost-effectiveness and scalability of nature-based solutions. He emphasized collaboration, innovative financing, and community participation as essential elements in tackling climate change.

Onno Ruhl, General Manager of AKAH, echoed Mr. Kant’s remarks, commending India’s potential to lead climate action through its innovative “jugaad” approach and cost-effective solutions. Shruti Narayan, Regional Director of C40 Cities for South and West Asia, led a masterclass on accelerating climate action, followed by panel discussions on nature-based solutions and urban sustainability. These discussions delved into community participation, integration of nature-based solutions in urban and coastal areas, sustainable building practices, and the use of environmentally friendly materials.

Following the insightful discussions, Prerana Langa, CEO of AKAH India, reiterated the organization’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis and advocating for comprehensive actions. She highlighted the workshop’s role in catalyzing positive change through collaboration and innovation, further emboldening AKAH India to lead discussions and guide communities towards a climate-resilient future.

This workshop builds upon the success of the inaugural Climate Action Workshop held in Mumbai in November 2023, demonstrating AKAH India’s ongoing commitment to fostering collective action for a more sustainable future.

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