Guiding Framework for India's Long-Term Strategy: Adaptation
Under the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, parties committed to developing mid-century or long-term low emission development strategies by 2020 (Long-Term Strategy or LTS). This strategy should be tailor-made, such that it aligns with the short-term as well as medium time climate action and, chalks out a climate-resilient development pathway. It is critical that such a pathway also embraces adaptation and mitigation choices that have the potential to offset as well as contribute to sustainable development.
In a country like India, a Climate Resilient Development Pathway (CRDP) should involve a transition from incremental responses and business-as-usual approaches to transformational pathways that involve ambitious mitigation action, transformative adaptation practices, and climate-sensitive developmental responses. A robust LTS for India should, thus, be capable of fulfilling developmental priorities and enhancing the resilience of local communities. TERI has already developed a framing document for India's LTS concerning climate change mitigation. This document addresses the adaptation component of an LTS for India. We propose that a long-term strategy for adaptation in India should be embedded in principles of transformative adaptation and an integrated systems approach.
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