From Margins to Mainstream? State Climate Change Planning in India as a 'Door Opener' to a Sustainable Future
Navroz K. Dubash and Anu Jogesh, “From Margins to Mainstream? Climate Change Planning in India as a 'Door Opener' to a Sustainable future,” Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Climate Initiative, Research Report (New Delhi: CPR, February 2014).
28 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2014 Last revised: 28 Aug 2014
Date Written: February 19, 2014
Climate change is likely to hinder India’s achievement of development objectives, underscoring the need to dovetail climate planning in larger national and sub-national policy processes. In 2009, the government of India requested states to develop State Action Plans on Climate Change. Based on a detailed analysis of five state climate plans, this article finds that climate plans provide an important institutional platform to mainstream concerns of environmental sustainability into development planning but fail to update ideas of sustainability to include climate resilience. There are shortcomings in approach, process, formulation of outcomes, and implementation efforts. These shortcomings are united by a common thread – a tendency to prematurely view state climate plans as vehicles for generating implementable actions rather than an opportunity to re-direct development toward climate resilience. However, if state plans are viewed as the beginning of a complex process of updating sustainable development planning rather than as an end in themselves, they provide a foundation upon which climate concerns can be more effectively mainstreamed in local development planning.
Keywords: SAPCC, State Action Plan on Climate Change, NAPCC, India climate strategy
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