TERI workshop on 'Resilient Cities' to explore synergies for sustainable dev
New Delhi, Jan 30 : In a bid to bring the knowledge and experience generated through the ACCCRN initiative and explore synergies with such other initiatives, TERI organised a workshop on 'Resilient Cities- Experiences from ACCCRN in Asia and Beyond' under the aegis of its annual flagship event, Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2013 here.
Setting the theme TERI Director General Dr R K Pachauri said, ''the impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent, the heat waves are on increase and there is no denying the fact that cities would be more vulnerable in the future.''
''The need of the hour is to deal with climate change effectively and we need to have a dialogue and build proper communication channels to shed light on these issues by creating better urban climate resilience and developing infrastructure
and human capability to deal with these issues,'' he added in a statement issued here today.
TERI Executive Director Dr Ligia Noronha in her introductory remarks said, ''there is a need to recognise the growing inequality in Asian cities to efforts at building climate resilience.''
Referring to an earlier TERI project on 'double exposure'
to globalisation and climate change, she said poorly conceived city modernization or urban renewal projects too, can also lead to a double exposure for the urban poor in cities also exposed
to climate hazards.
One key aspect of the agenda of climate resilient growth
should thus be in making cities more equitable, she added.
''More equitable cities will, I believe, result in more robust, resilient cities,'' she asserted.
The objective of the workshop held last evening was to bring together the experiences from ACCCRN cities across Asia and to carve out a path for the future, taking forward the agenda
for sustainable and climate resilient cities.
The workshop targeted participants which included ACCCRN
associates and partners from India and Asia, policy makers, academician working in the area of cities, multilateral organisation with a mandate and agenda to support resilience and climate proofing of cities, stakeholders from
State and City Governments from ACCCRN cities and