Communities at the forefront of climate change are often best positioned to identify solutions. According to the United Nation’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2019) increased community-based engagement is critical to build climate resilience and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The COP-27 has also highlighted community-centred approaches as a key enabler towards responding to climate related risks.
India has a rich legacy of community-based and community-led climate action initiatives, that foster resilience, mitigate climate risks, and contribute towards the SDGs. The vast trove of traditional and indigenous knowledge of Indian communities serves as a valuable resource in addressing the complex challenges of climate change. Especially in the north-eastern region of India, characterised by its geo-ecological fragility and strategic location, communities have developed unique mechanisms to regulate the environment through dialogue and symbiotic relationships with nature. Notable examples include the awe-inspiring living root bridges that showcase the harmonious coexistence of culture and nature, and Mawlynnong, recognised as one of Asia’s cleanest villages, where the community has taken proactive measures to maintain the ecological balance of their village and reducing their environmental impact.
As part of the 11th edition of JSW – TOI Earth Care Awards, 3 panel discussion across various cities on and multiple themes are being held. The second of the series is focussed to drive efforts towards community action to arrest climate change. This roundtable discussion on “Building Resilience Together: Communities for Climate Action” aims to bring together key stakeholders to explore and promote community-based initiatives, indigenous knowledge, and innovative solutions for climate resilience and adaptation. The roundtable will also provide a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and the exploration of community-led sustainable solutions.
Topics of Discussion
- What are the key design considerations and best practices for developing effective community-based climate action initiatives?
- How can community-based climate action initiatives ensure an inclusive and equitable process, while addressing the specific needs and priorities of marginalised and vulnerable groups?
- How can collaboration and partnerships between various stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks, private companies, multilateral agencies, and civil society, be strengthened to enhance the effectiveness of community-based climate action?
- How can we integrate the traditional/indigenous knowledge of communities with innovative technologies in climate action
Rizwan Uz Zaman
Senior Technical Consultant, Assam Climate Change Management Society (ACCMS), Govt. of Assam
Who Should Attend:
· Heads of Public and Private Companies
· Multilateral agencies
· Academic Institutions
· Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
· Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
· Climate Action Working Groups
Date: May 30, 2023 (Tuesday)
Venue: Vivanta Guwahati, 613, Mahpurush Srimanta Sankardeva Road, Khanapara Guwahati-781022
Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, followed by Lunch
|Panel Discussion | Building Resillence Together: Communities for Climate Action May 30, 2023 | Guwahati|
|10:00 am – 10:45 am||Registration and Networking|
|10:45 am – 11:00 am||Welcome Address and Context Setting – Earth Care Awards
Rupa Dawane, Head- Water, Environment & Sanitation, JSW Foundation
|11:00 am – 11:15 am||State Action Plan and Roadmap
Dr Arup Kumar Misra, Chairman, Pollution Control Board, Assam
|11:15 am – 12:30 pm||Panel discussion on Building Resilience Together: Communities for Climate Action
|12:30 pm – 12:45 pm||Networking Tea Break|
|12:45 pm – 01:15 pm||Enabling co-existence of People and Greater Adjutant in Assam
Dr. Purnima Barman, Founder of all women army – Hargila Army
|01:15 pm||Vote of Thanks|
Participation is subject to confirmation.