This policy brief is based on the learning that emerged from TERI's two-year-long program on 'State Level Policy Engagement for Mainstreaming Urban Climate Resilience' in Goa and Uttarakhand, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation under its Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) initiative. ACCCRN—a 9-year initiative (2008–16) has been instrumental in bringing forth the urban climate change resilience agenda to cities in Asia.
In India, with ACCCRN's support, various cities, viz. Surat, Indore, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Mysore, Bhubaneswar, have developed and demonstrated effective processes and practices for addressing urban climate vulnerabilities using participatory planning as well as implementing targeted intervention projects. The ACCCRN experience, however, has revealed lack of an enabling policy environment, institutional and financial arrangements, and statutory backing.
The document was originally posted in TERI wesbite.