Climate change is one of the defining existential and development challenges of our time. India in general, and Indian cities and settlements in particular are amongst the most vulnerable to climate impacts with hundreds of millions of people at risk.

IIHS is hosting an international Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation in India and Africa on 9th October, 2014 at its Bangalore City Campus. This consultation will bring together a select set of Indian and international participants from government, academia, civil society and practitioners whose experience and insights will greatly enrich the discussions, and help provide a holistic perspective on the challenges and opportunities of adaptation implementation in the country.

The consultation is being organized as a part of the 5-year IDRC/DFID funded CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia) international research program that builds on the recent IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. CARIAA focuses on three climate hotspots across Asia and Africa: (a) semi-arid regions (SARs) (b) deltas and (c) glacier and snow-pack dependent river basins.

IIHS leads the South-Asia regional research programme of the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) research programme. The ASSAR consortium is led by the University of Cape Town and includes international partners like the University of East Anglia, Oxfam and START. Within India, IIHS works with project partners ATREE and WOTR and project collaborator IITM across three Indian states and transects:  the Bhavani basin region in Tamil Nadu, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and Bangalore in Karnataka.

Time Session Details
11.00 – 11.15 Welcome  & Opening remarks Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar
11.15 – 11.45 Introduction to CARIAA and initial messages Murali Kallur, IDRC

Amir Bazaz, IIHS

11.45 – 12.00 Tea
12.00 – 12.15 Introduction to ASSAR members Prathigna Poonacha, IIHS
12.15 – 13.15 Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in India Chair – Aromar Revi, IIHS

Speakers: K J Ramesh, MoES

N H Ravindranath, IISc.

Purnamita Dasgupta, IEG

13.15 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Parallel Panel Discussions
  1. Recent Advances in Climate Science
Chair –  Mark New, UCT

Co-Chair – J Srinivasan, IISc.


  1. R Krishnan, IITM
  2. Jagdish Krishnaswamy, ATREE
  1. Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
Chair – Roger Few, UEA

Co – Chair – Amir Bazaz, IIHS


  1. S Naresh Kumar, NICRA
  2. Geethalaxmi, TNAU
  3. Ramkumar Bendapudi, WOTR
  4. K V Rao, CRIDA
  5. Arivudai N. Appadurai, WRI
  6. Shrinivas Badigar, ATREE
  1. Urban Climate Change Adaptation
Chair – Gina Ziervogel, UCT

Co- Chair – Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar, IIHS


  1. Ulka Kelkar, TERI
  2. Sanjay Sridhar, C40
  3. Venkatachalam, MIDS
  4. Sujatha Byravan, CSTEP
  5. Ashwin Mahesh, Mapunity
16.00 – 16.15 Tea Break
16.15 – 16.45 Closing Plenary-

Concluding remarks

  1. Blane Harvey, IDRC
  2. Somnath Sen, IIHS
Speaker Profile
Introduction to CARIAA and initial messages
Murali KallurDr. Murali Kallur
Murali Kallur is an ecologist specialized in the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity. He is also an expert on climate change adaptation for communities dependent on forests, oceans, and agriculture. He is the Senior Programme Officer at IDRC, working on the CARIAA programme, particularly towards large river basin, river deltas and semi arid regions.
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in India
RavindranathProfessor N H Ravindranath
N H Ravindranath is the chairman of ASTRA and a member of Center for Ecological Sciences at IISc, Bangalore. His area of research include forestry, rural energy, community and sustainable development, natural resource monitoring, climate change and related issues.
Purnamita DasguptaDr. Purnamita Dasgupta
Purnamita Dasgupta is an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Economic Growth. Her research and specializations include environmental and natural resource economics with special focus on water resources and forestry, health economics, development economics, applied research methods.
A. Recent Advances in Climate Science
KrishnanDr. R Krishnan
R Krishnan is a senior scientist and the acting director at the Indian Institute at Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. His research broadly lie in the field of climate science such as monsoon variability and predictability, phenomenon of monsoon-breaks and droughts, dynamics of monsoon and mid-latitude interactions, climate dynamics and modelling with special focus on the Asian monsoon coupled atmosphere-ocean-land system and large-scale organization of convection over the tropics and monsoon region.
Jagdish KrishnaswamyDr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Jagdish Krishnaswamy is a Convener and Senior Fellow at the Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). His research focus include forest hydrology, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, protected area management, conservation planning and monitoring, and in general on science-based and socially just conservation.
B. Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
Naresh KumarDr. S Naresh Kumar
S. Naresh Kumar’s is a principal scientist at the National Institute on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), Indian Agricultural Research Institute. He has contributed in Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Assessments, Crop Simulation Modelling and Eco-physiology of crops.
GeethalaxmiDr. V Geethalaxmi
V. Geethalakshmi is a professor in the Agro climate Research Centre, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. Her research includes seasonal rainfall prediction, development of weather based agro-advisory, climate change and its impact on agriculture, crop weather modelling.
Ramkumar BendapudiRamkumar Bendapudi
Ramkumar Bendapudi is a lead researcher at the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR). His research interest include watershed management, livestock and climate change and adaptation.
Srinivasa RaoDr. Ch Srinivasa Rao
Ch. Srinivasa Rao is the Director of Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA). His research are in the area of integrated nutrient management, soil health and soil quality, carbon sequestration, watershed management, resource characterization.
Arivudai N. AppaduraiArivudai N. Appadurai Arivudai Nambi Appadurai (Nambi) is the Strategy Head of the Vulnerability & Adaptation Programme at WRI India. Most of his research work has focused on climate risk management and adaptation to multiple risks in the context of climate variability and change in Asia and Africa.
Shrinivas BadigarDr. Shrinivas Badigar
Shrinivas Badigar is a faculty member at the Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). His current research lies in studying inter-linkages between climate, agro-ecological and socio-economic processes and its impact on changing waterscapes in South Asia.
C. Urban Climate Change Adaptation
Ulka KelkarDr. Ulka Kelkar
Ulka Kelkar is an economist with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Her research focuses on the issues of climate change and public policy. She has conducted field-based research on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in agriculture and water resources in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
Sanjay SridharSanjay Sridhar
Sanjay Sridhar is the C40 Regional Director for South and West Asia. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the sources and their impact on climate change. His expertise includes Urban Policy, Urban Renewal/Redevelopment, Urban Management, Urban Development Planning, Master planning, Heritage Studies and Architecture.
VenkatachalamDr. L. Venkatachalam
L. Venkatachalam is an Associate Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies. His areas of researh includes environmental economics and behavioral economics. He has been a Fullbright Senior researcher at the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, USA.
ashwinDr Ashwin Mahesh
Ashwin Mahesh is the founder of a social technology firm, Mapunity and editor of the national public affairs magazine, India Together. He is an adjunct faculty member at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology, both in Bangalore, and a member of the Executive Council of the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning at the Indian Institute of Science. His research and advocacy focus on the city planning.
Surabhi RajagopalSurabhi Rajagopal
Surabhi Rajagopal has been working with SELCO Foundation since 2011, facilitating the creation of the policy wing to address decentralized energy access issues, from a practitioner perspective. She is also engaged in strategy creation, planning for the Foundation and Outreach activities. Surabhi has a Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics (LSE) in London, UK.
Closing Plenary – Concluding remarks
Blane HarveyDr. Blane Harvey
Blane Harvey’s work explores the roles of information and communication technologies, learning, and community media on engagement in research and policy processes for climate change adaptation in Africa. Harvey has been an active contributor to the UN climate change negotiations process since 2003 with a focus on strengthening action to support developing countries adapt to climate change.
Introduction to CARIAA and initial messages
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in India
aromarAromar Revi
Aromar Revi is Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He is one of South Asia’s leading experts on global environmental change & Climate adaptation & mitigation. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas. He is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy & governance, political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability & human settlements.
A. Recent Advances in Climate Science
Mark NewDr. Mark New
Mark New is the Director of African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography and Environment, Oxford. His research focuses on climate change detection, processes, scenarios, impacts and adaptation. He is the Principal Investigator of the ASSAR Research Programme.
J SrinivasanProf. J Srinivasan
Prof. Srinivasan is the Chairman of the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science. He was a lead author of the second IPCC report on climate change in 1995 and the fourth IPCC report on climate change in 2007. His research focus includes Double Diffusive Convection Monsoon Models, Monsoon Variability, Simple Climate Model and Satellite Meteorology
B. Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
amirDr. Amir Bazaz
Amir Bazaz is a lead researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation, urban-climate change linkages.
Roger FewDr. Roger Few
Roger Few is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the linkages between risk and poverty. Specifically, his research is centered on questions of social vulnerability and adaptation to hazards.
C. Urban Climate Change Adaptation
sumeteeDr. Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar
Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar is a consultant with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. She is interested in researching the confluence of climate science and climate change policy response, climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for sustainable development, extension of resilience thinking into trans-disciplinary practice for sustainable outcomes.
Gina ZiervogelDr. Gina Ziervogel
Gina Ziervogel is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. Her research focuses on issues related to development in a context of climate change. Through this she has focused on a number of areas including municipal adaptation strategies, institutional barriers to adaptation, flood governance, water and food security.
somnathSomnath Sen
Somnath is the chief of Practice at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He has more than 23 years of international consulting experience in strategic management, institutional reform and governance, decentralization and urban management. Somnath has managed and led a number of institutional development and strategic advice tasks for governments in South Asia, Africa and China as well as for private sector, bilateral and multi-lateral institutions, and INGOs.