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

Our Speakers

Dr Purnima Devi Barman

Conservation Biologist
(Popularly known as Hargila Baido)

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Dr Partha Jyoti Das

Head, Water, Climate and
Hazard Division,

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Dr Arup Kumar Misra

Chairman, Pollution Control
Board, Assam

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Rizwan Uz Zaman

Senior Technical Consultant, Assam Climate Change Management Society (ACCMS), Govt. of Assam

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Dr Jaideep Baruah

Director, Assam Science and Technology and environment center

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Dr Dipankar Saharia

Senior Director- Administrative Services and Regional Centres

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Prarthana Borah

Director, CDP India Prarthana leads the implementation of the CDP India strategy.

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Ajay Pandey

Partner and Co-founder, Thinkthrough Consulting

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Rupa Dawane

Head- Water, Environment & Sanitation, JSW Foundation

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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

Event Details

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

  • Dr. Arup Kumar Misra, Chairman, Pollution Control Board Assam
  • Dr. Jaideep Baruah, Director, Assam Science & Technology and Environment Council
  • Laya Madduri, Secretary, Science & Technology and Climate Change Department
  • Dr. Partha Jyoti Das, Head, Water, Climate, and Hazard Division, Aaranyak
  • Rizwan Uz Zaman, Technical Consultant, Assam Climate Change Management Society (ACCMS)
  • Dr. Dipankar Saharia, Senior Director, TERI

Session Moderator:

  • Ajay Pandey, Partner & Leader – ESG, Strategy, & Performance Improvement, Thinkthrough Consulting

Audience Questions

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
Recipient of United Nations Highest Environment Honor – Champions of the Earth 2022 under Entrepreneurial Vision Category

01:15 pm Vote of Thanks

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