The two day workshop on Climate “Resilience for sustainable Communities”- A Policy Perspective deliberated diverse approaches t o build community resilience across ecosystems. The workshop was spread over 5 sessions focusing on community resilience models, equitable energy, Climate Education, Climate Finance and policy discussions on SDGs and Climate Change. The workshop was attended by 57 participants from across 9 states in India
The first session articulated a community vision for Climate Resilience Building from A low carbon perspective. It considered the need for having a homogenous understand g of resilience and proposed a multisector policy approach to community resilience building by investing in Climate resilient agriculture and livelihoods, better conservation and management practices; integrating climate resilience with disaster risk reduction such that resilience models are in sync with local cultural tradition and knowledge systems .
The Energy session questioned the government plan of a several fold increase thermal power capacity, the reality of modern” energy sources based on noble metals and the current state of energy governance in the country. Further lack of an “ energy services” approach and ‘ affordability’ issues to dealing with energy problems was hugely debated. The vision of an energy secure subcontinent was put as a way forward .
For Climate Education the group raised questioned on the popular discourse on CC taking place in the country driven by the conventional understanding of growth and Development and focused on designing tools for communication reflecting traditional wisdom , Eco destructive consumerism and Sustaible production and consumption patterns.
The session on Climate Finance looked at global finance landscape and domestic finance architecture and instruments. It reflected on concerns towards operationalization of domestic funds for supporting community centric energy systems and resilience building among the impacted communities.
The final session of the workshop emphasized on the need of looking at Climate Change from a Development lens, given India’s development needs and little responsibility and capacity towards causing Climate crisis. The most vital point being made was a need for close co operation and coordination between different govt institutions towards responding effectively and adequately to Climate mitigation and adaptation. As an immediate way forward ,drawing from the discussions , an opportunity was seen in engaging with indicators for SDGs on specific goals especially in India’s context.