National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has been working on a project on urban climate change resilience funded by The Rockefeller Foundation under the ACCCRN program. As a part of the project, Training Modules were peepared to sensitize the Regional Training Institutions on Climate Change and its impacts on urban services like water supply, sanitation, drainage, urban form and health. The training module also suggests the possible adaptation measures. This document has been created for Regional Training Institutes as a set of four training modules for further dissemination:
1. CONCEPTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND UCCR: This module focuses on conceptual understanding about climate change and its causes. It also brings clarity around the terms related to weather and climate change. The module also introduces the participants to the effect of climate change on our cities and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections for urban areas (latest assessment report – AR5). The concluding part of module briefly deals with the concepts of adaptation and resilience and why they are important in combating the problems posed by climate change.
2.URBANIZATION PROCESS, CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS, VULNERABILITIES & IMPACTS: The module reviews the trends of urbanisation at global, national and city levels. It then highlights the two way connect between the process of urbanisation and climate change – causes, risks, impacts, vulnerability and exposure at local, regional and global scales. Impacts will be discussed as direct and indirect in terms of increased temperatures, drought, water scarcity, sea level rise, storm surge, inland flooding and human health.
3.MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION & RESILIENCE INTO CITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT: This module is aimed at getting participants to understand and mainstream climate change adaptation/ resilience into urban development and planning. The module addresses policy issues and sector specific climate change impacts and adaptation measures.
4. PUTTING UCCR INTO PRACTICE: This module will briefly discuss the concepts of urban vulnerability and risk assessment. It will give examples of action taken by ACCCRN cities to address vulnerability and risks. The module will, through an exercise, help participants to identify projects that will address the vulnerability and risks identified in the scenarios. The module will also provide information to participants on the existing networks connected with urban climate change for continuous updation of knowledge.