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Workshop on Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) for Indian Cities

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Cities are the centres of commerce, trade, business and society. With an estimated increase of urban population by 40% and more than 70% GDP contribution by 2030, cities are focusing on addressing the urbanization challenges to support the projected development path. However, cities are also experiencing disastrous impacts from hazards like floods, heat waves, cyclones etc. In the context of the changing climate and unprecedented urbanization, adopting a resilient approach to development will not only improve quality of lives but also enable cities to become forward looking and support in achieving the intended economic growth.
With an intention to provide cities with an understanding of urban development from a climate lens, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the ‘ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework’ (CSCAF) in 2019. This is a first-of-its-kind assessment conducted across 100+ cities for two consecutive years. The assessment has supported cities in establishing benchmarks, identifying gaps in development from the perspective of climate risks and providing a roadmap for adopting and implementing appropriate climate actions.While this pan India initiative to help cities assess their development, many cities are also leading the way in not only building resilience but mitigating climate change. Peer learning across cities can enable knowledge transfer of such actions and build capacities for practical implementation of some of the climate measures. To foster such an exchange, the proposed workshop will bring city officials and practitioners to discuss some of the climate interventions implemented in cities besides illustrating the benefit of CSCAF.