“Supporting Climate Resilient Development in India”

“Supporting Climate Resilient Development in India”

In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December this year, the Embassy of France in India is organizing a monthly seminar series entitled “The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues”, taking place across India.

The seminar series will provide a platform for addressing a range of themes and issues that are relevant to the upcoming negotiations in Paris: sustainable energy access; supporting climate resilient development; technology development and transfer; financing mitigation and adaptation; climate change and health and sustainable urbanization. Organized with think tanks, these seminars aim at gathering fresh ideas and out-of-the-box proposals from Indian stakeholders. These contributions will be compiled in a report, which will be presented to the French chair of COP21 and also disseminated during the negotiations to help understand Indian vision and expectations.

The second seminar of the series will be organized in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in Kolkata on the theme of “Supporting climate resilient development in India”.

The speakers for this theme will be Dr. Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, Minister of Environment, Government of West Bengal (TBC); Professor Sugata Hazra, Director, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University; Dr. Anurag Danda, Program Lead- Climate Change Adaptation, WWF India; Ms. Poonam Madan, Managing Director, INESA, Sujan Pandit, Member Governing Body, West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA).

The session will be inaugurated by M. Fabrice Etienne, Consul General of France in Kolkata, and Ashok Dhar, Director, ORF Kolkata and moderated by Dr. Vikrom Mathur, Senior Research Fellow, ORF. Dr. Nilanjan Gosh, Senior Fellow, ORF Kolkata will deliver the closing remarks.

The session will explore the challenges of mainstreaming climate adaptation in development planning in India, across the central and state planning processes, and also debate how adaptation should be addressed in a potential global agreement in Paris. The provision of finance and technology under a multilateral agreement is critical for an ambitious adaptation agenda in India and other developing countries. India and France can support the inclusion of adaptation in both a multilateral agreement and through bilateral collaboration: opportunities for these partnerships will be discussed.

The session will take place on:

Thursday, 23rd April 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – followed by refreshments
at the Alliance Française du Bengale
Park Mansions building, second floor
57A Park Street, Gate 3 flat 15
Kolkata – West Bengal.

RSVP: Mihir Bhonsale 9038622830 / mihirbhonsale@orfonline.org

Last modified on 17/04/2015

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