How villages, districts and states are preparing localised climate action plans.

Migration to cities where per capita income is 148% more as per 2011-12 compared to rural India is one of the most attractive options. Besides cities also offer better education and health care services. As per the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division 2014)  an estimated 400 million urban dwellers between 2014 and 2050 would be added bringing the urban population to over 800 million in India. However the pressure of Climate enforced migration both temporary or permanent, is bound to increase with each passing year in cities like Mumbai (12.4 million), Delhi (11 million), Chennai (8.6 million), and Bangalore (8.5 million).  However, what worries urban planners and citizens is how the cities will manage their air, water, waste, greens and provide adequate housing for all, especially the Urban Poor. In a changing climate where rain and summers have become unpredictable, how are the cities going to manage their water resources.

Overall, there is a growing need of building in the imminent factor of Climate Resilience in urban planning especially in the context of urban poor. Therefore the plight of urban poor has so far gone unnoticed with most Civil society  and government programs typically designed to support the rural poor. This project puts spotlight on addressing vulnerability and improving accountability towards the urban poor, especially those who are prone to climate risks, disease and injury and typically live in dangerous sites with unsafe housing, unclean water, poor sanitation and drainage provision.

The main objectives of the project are :

  • Sensitise organizations and stakeholders of the “climate community” about the rights of urban poor and demand the protection of urban poor’s human rights as an integral part of urban climate policies.
  • To build capacities of organizations working on urban poor’s political, social and economic rights with climate leans enhancing  adaptation capacities of Urban poor.
Project Partner

CANSA in partnership with Laxmi is implementing this project with support from Misereor.


January 2020 to October 2021

Project Manager

Nakul Sharma, Contact : nakul@cansouthasia.net

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