“India and Climate Change: Road to Paris”
May 15, 2015, GIZ Office, Delhi
The Indo-German Environment Partnership programme, organizes dialogues on a wide range of topics concerning sustainable development and environment protection – called the IGEP Dialogue. The series of dialogues is meant to provide a space for sharing ideas and opinions, and for discussions between participants from different backgrounds – ministries, academia, NGOs, corporate, embassies, political foundations, etc., among others.
The seventh in the series of IGEP Dialogues was held on the topic “India and Climate Change: Road to Paris” on Thursday, May 15 at the Eschborn conference room of GIZ Office, B 5/2 Safdurjung Enclave, New Delhi.
Mr Chandra Bushan, Deputy Director General Centre for Science and Environment and Mr Navroz K Dubash, Senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research were the main speakers.
Mr Chandrabushan gave an overview on the effects of climate change India is witnessing in the form of extreme weather conditions, human and economic cost of climate change and challenge of energy and energy access. He pointed that India is strongest proponent of equity in climate deal in the past, but India has failed to operationalize the word equity. India’s position in the negotiation has been pushed back and today India has to fight even to keep word equity in text which says Developed Countries must support Developing Country in mitigation of climate change impacts.
The entire negotiations so far were mainly mitigation centric with focus on carbon markets and very little contribution to adaptation. Mr. Chandra Bushan also emphasized the need of effective communication of India’s position in Climate Change negotiations, and it should have a strong institutional mechanism of negotiators which is not only open but also involve people from outside of government
Mr Navroz K Dubash made an observation that the Climate discussions are shifting from negotiation process to national policy in country after country. He pointed out that India is not in position in short or medium term to cap its emissions. It is low middle income country which can be compared to Bangladesh with enormous development challenges. He gave following future possible directions for India. 1. Co-benefit based approach, in the Indian context it is about development policies with climate change benefit as co-benefit. 2. Need of Institutionalizing of Climate Decision making- mechanism for prioritization of action including growth and social inclusion.
A vibrant discussion followed after both the speakers had finished their deliberations.