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Localised risks and spatial planning implications of climate change: Discussions on localisation of Climate Change data and Climate Action

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We are living in the era of unprecedented climate change. Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its implications are local. Hence, predicting and mitigating localised risks is vital in adapting to climate change. IPCC reports and Country level National Communications and Adaptation Plans cover scenario-based assessments and predictions at National and Regional scales. But, there is a considerable gap in understanding localised implications of climate crisis. Local knowledge existing within communities can help bridge this gap to an extent. Data at local scale that integrate contextual variables into climate change modelling, predictions, and assessments is hence vital. Action and response to climate change risks are also often localised. Tools such as blue-green infrastructures are increasingly used to build local resilience. Through this session we hope to initiate discussions on localisation so as to enable communities and decision makers to collaborate and co-create strategies for managing climate crisis. We also hope to shift discussions around spatial planning; where it is more dynamic and adaptable to change. We seek to therefore discussion; - Localising climate change studies and findings from national and regional levels to cities/towns/villages and integrating local knowledge in managing climate crisis. - Role of spatial planning (as a process and tool) in localising action and response to climate crisis.