Policies & Plans
Initiatives

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment to support implementation of the Uttarakhand Action Plan on Climate Change
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) 
The UAPCC is a valued initiative of Government which focused on Climate Change. However, the plan recognizes its limitations due to the weak evidence base on climate change risks and opportunities in the state. It was developed based on existing secondary literature available and consultations with local experts. As a result the UAPCC contains a long-list of possible adaptation actions for each sector, without any prioritisation. This therefore makes it difficult for departments to identify and select those actions for investment which will have maximum impact. There is also a risk that such actions could also result in mal-adaptation due to the interconnected nature of climate change risks across sectors.

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Sweden-India Cooperation to Protect Working People from Health and Productivity Risks due to Workplace Heat Exposure and the Links to Climate Change 
Umeå Centre for Global Health Research 
The project deals with workplace heat effects on working peoples’ health and productivity. The project aims to address the problem by using innovative prevention approaches that are tested in real workplace situations in India. Results from the project will focus on health protection, productivity enhancement and poverty reduction in India, and will also be of value to global health research and practice in other countries.
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A Study of Weather Effects, Susceptibilities and Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Mortality in Vadu HDSS India 
Umeå Centre for Global Health Research
The aim of this project is to estimate the effect of weather on all-cause and cause-specific mortality and the potential impact of climate change on mortality in Vadu Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS). The expected output of this project will be to establish and report the association between weather and climate change factors upon mortality within the rural population in India, as well as the attributed burden of deaths related to these factors based. Based on these results, inferences can be made for strategies to adapt to continued climate change.
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Addressing Heat-Health Vulnerability in Rapidly Urbanising Regions of Western India                                 

Climate & Development Knowledge Network
A process of research and engagement led by the Natural Resources Defense Council in partnership with the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar and the Public Health Foundation in India, put the issue of extreme heat on the agenda of decision-makers in Ahmedabad. Through a consultative process, the risks and potential prevention strategies were outlined for each vulnerable group. Four briefs in the Rising Temperatures, Deadly Threat series were published giving specific recommendations for how key stakeholders and the most vulnerable residents can reduce vulnerability to extreme heat events in Ahmedabad.
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Deepening and Expanding Heat Health Action in India, Climate & Development Knowledge Network         
Climate & Development Knowledge Network
Engagement and technical support to the Gujarat State Government has mainstreamed heat-health action within the State Action Plan on Climate Change and sectoral policies and plans. A process of engagement and research with two new cities in different geographical zones over three years led to policy action on extreme heat which is appropriate and relevant to each city. Through a dedicated learning and knowledge management component, the project attempted to leverage national and other programmes to facilitate wider scaling-out. This project was selected as one of the top 20 for the Munich Re Risk Award 2015, which was presented at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, March 2015.
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Sustainable and Healthy Diets in India (SAHDI) 
LSHTM & SOAS Sustaining Health project           
The project aims to build an interdisciplinary team to collate and analyse existing data on agriculture, diet, food-related greenhouse gas emissions, water footprints and health in India, in order to define healthy, low-carbon, climate-change resilient and context-relevant diets. It will provide a suite of agricultural and dietary options to guide national policy decisions, and make linked datasets available to the wider research community. The project will provide a method to determine the overall suitability of particular foods and dietary patterns, taking into account nutritional content, acceptability, health outcomes, greenhouse gas emissions, water footprint and climate change resilience.
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Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) 
Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods
HI-AWARE is supported by the UK’s DFID and Canada’s IDRC through the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA).
HI-AWARE is one of the four consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). It conducts research and pilot interventions, capacity building and policy engagement on climate resilience and adaptation in the mountains and flood plains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins. HI-AWARE is implementing three Work Packages—Knowledge Generation, Research into Use, and Strengthening Expertise—in 12 sites in the Indus, Upper Ganga, Gandaki and Teesta river basins. The sites are located in Hunza, the Soan River basin, Mona and Sargodha in Pakistan; Garhwal and between Rishikesh and Roorkee in India; Langtang and Nuwakot in Nepal; and the Gandaki floodplain in Nepal; and West and North Sikkim; Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok; and Jalpaiguri district in India. There is also one site in Niphamari district in Bangladesh. In addition to conducting research on water, energy, food security, human health, water-induced hazards—such as floods, landslides and droughts—and extreme weather events, HI-AWARE is also in the process of testing adaptation measures in observatory labs in these sites and designing adaptation pathways for out-scaling and up-scaling. 
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Climate Change and Malaria In Sub-Himalayan Region and Central India
Climate predicts to a large degree, the natural distribution of malaria based on three main climate factors, i.e., temperature, precipitation and relative humidity. The three-year long project aims to compare the dynamics of climate change and malaria in two distinct physical, epidemiological and socio-cultural environments in India. Two districts in Sub-Himalayan region and two in Central India have been selected for the study purpose. The research work is expected to provide a way forward for studying the impacts of climate change on health with regard to intricate interplay of climatologically, epidemiological and socio-economic factors affecting malaria transmission in India. The data collection in Madhya Pradesh and Jammu has been completed. Currently, data analysis is going on. 
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Health and environmental implications of Low-Carbon, Climate-Change Resilient Diets in India
This project involves experts in health, nutrition, environment, agriculture and mathematical modelling working together to develop an extremely complex and accurate model to analyse diets.

Climate Change & Human Health
Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change under NATCOM III, ICMR and DST have  funded projects on Climate Change & Human Health to address the vulnerability, impact assessment and possible adaptation measures for vector borne diseases in hotspots of India . DST has granted Centre of Excellence on Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases to NIMR wherein impact of climate change, ecological change including disasters, early warning of outbreaks and scope of capacity building of researchers has been envisioned.

Integrating climate change into the management of priority health risks in Ghana

The proposed UNDP project will develop systems and response mechanisms to strengthen the integration of climate change risks into the health sector.

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Urban health and Climate Resilience Center (UHCRC), Surat 

UHCRS aims to develop and share the evidence base to recommend more effective health services that improve resilience to climate change impacts on urban citizens, particularly poor and vulnerable communities.

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Climate Resilience through Risk Transfer

The main objective of the multi-year RES-RISK project is to enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change by developing and implementing pro-poor micro-insurance solutions covering health, crop and livestock risks in two locations lying in different agro-climatic zones: (i) the Middle Gangetic Plains region, with activities in North Bihar; namely Vaishali and Muzaffarpur, and (ii) the West Coast Plains & Hills region of Beed, in Maharashtra.

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Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health

The objective of this first global project on public health adaptation to climate change is to “increase adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to climate-sensitive health risks”

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