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NIUA’s C-Cube and WRI launch Forum for Nature-Based Solutions: India

11th World Urban Forum in Poland, the National Institute of Urban Affairs’ (NIUA’s) Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube), World Resources Institute India (WRI India), and other partners inaugurated India’s first national coalition platform for urban nature-based solutions (NbS). Ecosystem-based services and nature-based solutions are quickly becoming viable, affordable options for tackling climate change-related problems such as heat waves, urban flooding, pollution of the air and water, and storm surges.

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KEY POINTS:

  • Building resilience in the disadvantaged and vulnerable urban neighbourhoods that are most affected by climate change-related disasters is one of the many societal concerns that NbS seeks to address in addition to reducing the effects of climate change.
  • The goal of the India Forum for Nature-based Solutions is to bring together NbS entrepreneurs, government agencies, and organisations with similar goals in order to scale urban nature-based solutions by defining a common language and communicating benefits that guide local actions, such as expanding already-existing NbS interventions.
  • Enhancing delivery systems and promoting investment through multi-stakeholder collaboration.
  • Urban ecosystem-based services and nature-based solutions are being mainstreamed in India via influencing project interventions, planning, and policy.

About the World Urban Forum:

  • Representatives from the Forum’s major partner organisations, including GiZ India, India Climate Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy, WWF India, and Wetlands International, made a commitment at the event to work together to achieve the Forum’s goals.
  • Under the Cities4Forests programme, the World Resources Institute India (WRI India) is the anchor organisation for the “India Forum for Nature-based Solutions,” which is led by the National Institute of Urban Affairs’ Climate Centre for Cities (NIUA C-Cube).
  • It is backed by the Caterpillar Foundation, the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, the UK government, and the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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