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Climate change and the Indian context

Jan 11, 2010

Climate Change: Perspectives from India, a UNDP publication, brings together some of India’s best known environmentalists, economists and policymakers to highlight their perspectives on climate change from the Indian point of view. The aim is to foster a humane debate on the issue vis-a-vis economic development.

Climate Change: Perspectives from India

Source: UNDP India

Climate change is no more an environmental concern. It has emerged as the biggest developmental challenge for the planet. Its economic impacts, particularly on the poor, make it a major governance issue as well. The debates and discussions that built up for the conference of parties (CoP) in Copenhagen have been an indicator of this.

Climate Change - Perspectives from India

To dialogue, particularly from the perspective of the poor, is one of UNDP’s contributions to overall development process. In line with this, the publication Climate Change: Perspectives from India is a collection of articles, published by UNDP India that captures and disseminates some perspectives on climate change from the Indian context.

Starting from an argument on a new climate deal to highlighting the importance of the small-scale industrial sector within climate change debates, some of India’s best known environmentalists, economists and policy makers have put forward their concerns and convictions in this collection.

Sunita Narain argues: “There is not much difference between managing a local forest and the global climate. Both are common property resources. What is needed most of all is a property rights framework, which encourages cooperation.”

Prodipto Ghosh draws a line between facts and fictions by demystifying six myths built around India’s stands on climate change. His analysis brings out that a country can have both growth and less carbon emissions.

NC Saxena articulates on the impact of climate change on food security in India that is already under threat due to various other reasons. He strongly advocates adaptation to climate change through soil and water conservation.

Jyoti Parikh has identified the special vulnerabilities of women to climate change. She makes reasons for making gender an integral part of debates and discussions on climate change.

Preeti Soni has brought into focus an important but ignored sector: the small-scale industries. The small-scale industries emit substantial greenhouse gases and have the potential for saving huge amount of energy. She has identified ways in which this sector can be made energy efficient.

This collection is expected to ferment a debate that links climate change to overall development, putting a human face to the overall climate change debate. This is the way economy can be linked to development.

Source : UNDP India
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