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Integrating decentralised solutions for climate change adaptation in Indian cities

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We hypothesize that a municipal government that engages its citizens and responds to their needs will be more resilient in the face of future challenges such as pandemics and adverse weather events. The southern Indian city of Bengaluru has a commitment to decentralization in policy as well as the foundational administrative infrastructure in the form of about two hundred ‘wards’. Common administrative structures across all wards potentially enable the scaling up of a strategic urban planning model that integrates appropriate local adaptation measures within ongoing development planning and implementation.
This proposal has been submitted on behalf of the Flourishing Bengaluru Collective, a newly-launched collective focused on building an ecosystem that effectively and equitably responds to the systemic problems and challenges (for example, climate change or pandemic-response) that Bengaluru, India must overcome. The Collective is currently anchored by the Initiative for Climate Action ( and Socratus Foundation (, and comprises a diverse group of concerned citizens and action groups. We seek to understand the underlying working principles that support adaptive local governance as well as experiment with interventions that leverage technology, media interest and citizen action targeted to local context and priorities. The panel, moderated by a collective member, includes city-focused government officials, a representative of a local citizens’ action group, a public policy or urban planning scholar-practitioner, and representatives from the funder/philanthropy sector.