Guiding Framework for India's Long-Term Strategy: Adaptation

11 Sep 2020
Ms Pankhuri Sekhon
Mr Md. Irfan

Under the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, parties committed to developing mid-century or long-term low emission development strategies by 2020 (Long-Term Strategy or LTS). This strategy should be tailor-made, such that it aligns with the short-term as well as medium time climate action and, chalks out a climate-resilient development pathway. It is critical that such a pathway also embraces adaptation and mitigation choices that have the potential to offset as well as contribute to sustainable development.

In a country like India, a Climate Resilient Development Pathway (CRDP) should involve a transition from incremental responses and business-as-usual approaches to transformational pathways that involve ambitious mitigation action, transformative adaptation practices, and climate-sensitive developmental responses. A robust LTS for India should, thus, be capable of fulfilling developmental priorities and enhancing the resilience of local communities. TERI has already developed a framing document for India's LTS concerning climate change mitigation. This document addresses the adaptation component of an LTS for India. We propose that a long-term strategy for adaptation in India should be embedded in principles of transformative adaptation and an integrated systems approach.

We would like to thank all the panelists and the participants for enriching discussions during the webinar organised on 1 July 2020. Find the presentation and the report here.

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