Congratulations to UI Researcher Dr Hita Unnikrishnan and her colleague on a new article published in a special issue on Climate Change in The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
In “Building climate resilient cities in the global South: assessing city adaptation plans in India” the authors discuss urban climate plans developed by 13 Indian cities and what influences urban climate planning in these cities. The paper makes the argument that urban climate action agendas in India need greater definitional clarity. Most plans require better contextual engagement with specific vulnerabilities in each city. City plans need to be better networked with state and national planning mechanisms, recognising that climate change requires multi-level governance responses. Finally, most plans consider Nature-Based Solutions only in the form of tree planting and waterbody management, lacking sufficient consideration of urban ecosystem function and process, and ecosystem-based restoration.
To access the paper: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00358533.2021.1985268