Global India Policy Paper #5

Building capacity in municipal governments for urban climate action

Tanvi V Deshpande
Heidelberg University
Executive Summary

Given the impacts of climate change, it becomes important for governments to have a strong policy response. Cities play an important role in climate action as they house high concentrations of population, resources, infrastructures, and assets.

This policy brief sets out how cities can work to check the effects of climate change by learning from an early adopter of climate action policies. How early adopters that can provide a policy blueprint to influence the actions of other cities. Specifically, it focuses on the lessons from a medium sized Indian city which overcame governance barriers, particularly institutional, financial and technical barriers that pose a major hindrance to urban climate measures.

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