QoC-CANSA Fellowship – Stories on Cities and Climate Change

As heat waves sear our cities and floods inundate them, as poor quality air and lack of green spaces make life unbearable for millions, it becomes important to frame climate mitigation and adaptation in the context of justice and rights. The widening gap between the wealthy few and marginalised many in cities across South Asia exacerbates during extreme weather events. The absence of gender-inclusive and participatory approach while drafting climate action makes it less just.

Six Fellows were selected, from hundreds of applications received from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, to research and report on various aspects of cities and Climate Change. Their work focused on themes ranging from housing challenges, demolitions, and informal settlements to inequality and water inequity, and the impact of heat and floods on people in cities across the four countries. The final stories of the QoC-CANSA Fellowship series, re-orient to cities in South Asia and ask how climate action - necessary and urgent - can be just and equitable too.

Below, you find, the body of work, done during the last 10 months from Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Karachi and Kathmandu on ecology in cities, right to the city for millions, and the urgency of climate action.

Meet the QoC-CANSA Fellows
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Karachi, choking on plastic, searches for solutions as climate impact
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Zofeen T Ebrahim

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Guwahati's green cover is declining but is key to its climate resilient future

Barasha Das and Harish Borah

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Deconstructing Hyderabad's investment 'climate' and technological ecosystem

Arshiya Syed

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New cities, old predicaments: Role of planning in climate mitigation

Arshiya Syed

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Rethink Guwahati’s building bye-laws for net-zero carbon future

Barasha Das and Harish Borah

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As climate-related ailments worsen, Dhaka hospitals fail to serve the poor

Sadiqur Rahman

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Addressing water inequity in Dhulikhel is critical for environmental justice

Kushal Pokharel and Chhatra Karki

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How the lack of rights worsens climate events for Delhi’s informal workers

Hrushikesh Patil and Sejal Patel

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Pakistan’s women struggle to make voices heard in Climate Change conversations

Zofeen T Ebrahim

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Delhi’s heatwave, floods, and G20 beautification force urban poor to pay heavy price

Kushal Pokharel and Chhatra Karki

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Nepal’s Melamchi, still recovering from 2021 flood, shows multiple risks of rapid urbanisation

Hrushikesh Patil and Sejal Patel

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Greater Dhaka: Making liveable city in times of Climate Change is all politics and planning

Zofeen T Ebrahim

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Ignoring the right to shelter keeps Dhaka’s poor cornered

Sadiqur Rahman

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Climate justice eludes the displaced from Karachi’s Orangi Nala

Sadiqur Rahman

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Delhi’s double whammy of heat and polluted air demands review of Heat Action Plan

Hrushikesh Patil and Sejal Patel

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