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Global Climate change is occurring due to increasing accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG). Research indicates that while cities cover less than 1% of the world’s surface area, about 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, yet cities consume close to 75%of the world’s energy and are responsible for 80% greenhouse gas emissions, thus making them major contributors to global climate change. Land use change due to forestry and agricultural activities are also affecting the physical and biological properties of the earth surface and subsequently affecting the regional and global climate. Efforts in the form of research, training, pilot projects in the area of climate change and human settlements planning and design are gathering momentum through efforts of UN Habitat, World Bank, Asian Development Bank etc. Measured against this situation, the responses to date in India have been largely inadequate in this area, even though several important steps like National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) at National level have been undertaken. There is growing consensus that appropriate urban and regional planning approaches and related urban growth models are key to mitigating and adapting to climate change reinforced by cross-sectoral integration for addressing the issue of climate change.

Human Settlement Planning and Design, addressing Climate Change issues have been the focus of many studies in various Departments of the School of Planning and Architecture. The recently held Workshop at the Department of Environmental Planning – “Human Settlements’ Response to Climate Change” concluded by emphasising the vital role played by human settlements and the need for mainstreaming the climate responsive approach in planning and design of Human Settlements. The Workshop also brought forth the various areas for focused research in related fields. In view of the above, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, established the Centre for Climate Change and Human Settlements in the Department of Environmental Planning with the following objectives:

1) Preparation of Comprehensive Database relating to Human Settlements and Climate Change – emission trends, sectoral aspects – geo-physical, technological, socio-economic, planning, vulnerability etc. Specific to the Indian context, the database should not only document the emission performance of Indian Settlements, but also bring forward the aspects that make them low carbon.

2) To conduct research in identified areas relating to various size classes of human settlements, drivers of climate change in human settlements, policy and program integration, economic and legal dimensions etc.

3)Conducting field studies to document best practices and application of state-of –the-art tools and techniques for understanding, analyzing and interpreting the impacts of Climate Change, and management through adaptation and mitigation measures.

4) Establishment of an information network through collation, documentation and dissemination of knowledge base in the area, through interactions with Departments at SPA, Institutions in the field of Human Settlements, NGOs, Government bodies etc.

5) Contribution to Training needs to support Capacity building at various levels in Climate Responsive Human Settlement Planning and Design through QIP, Seminars, and Workshops.

6) Contribution in the form Advisory inputs to concerned authorities for mainstreaming climate responsive human settlement planning and design.

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