SPIPA project’s sessions at Adaptation Futures Conference enabling experience exchange on adaptation planning and implementation between India and the EU
The Strategic Partnership for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA) project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is being implemented with MoEFCC as the nodal Ministry. The SPIPA project supported the Adaptation Futures Conference from 4 to 8 October and organized a pre-conference webinar on ‘India-EU Experience Sharing on Adaptation Planning and Implementation’ on 30th June 2020.
H.E. Mr Ugo Astuto, Ambassador for the EU to India, addressed the inaugural session on 5 October 2021, stressing the importance of adaptation in addition to mitigation. Ms Clara De la Torre, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission spoke on 6 October in an all-women Plenary Session on “Raising Ambition and Accelerating Adaptation Action”. The discussion made it evident that adaptation can be accelerated with inclusive gender policies, enhancing capacity building, empowering citizens, youth involvement, changing climate financing mechanisms, ensuring equity and justice, and with involvement of the private sector into the climate-related actions.
During the Adaptation Futures Conference the SPIPA project organized the following three sessions:
- India-EU Experience Sharing on Adaptation Planning and Implementation (6th October 2021 from 13:00-16:00 Hrs.): This session included presentations on the EU Adaptation Strategy adopted in 2021. It also included exchange of experiences on adaptation planning and implementation from EU member state representatives and officials from States and Union Territories of India was also organized as part of the event.
- EU Adaptation Strategy 2021- Forging a climate- resilient Europe: Key learnings for EU- India Strategic Partnership (7th October 2021 from 13:00 hrs to 14:30 hrs): The session included presentations on the EU Adaptation Strategy and the EU Green Deal. It also included a session on how science informs policy in the EU. A panel discussion between Indian and European experts regarding key learning for the EU-India Strategic Partnership was also part of the session.
- Mobilizing Finance for Resilient Infrastructure in Coastal Cities (7th October, 14:30 hrs to 16:00 hrs): The session included sharing of insights regarding mobilizing financing for resilient infrastructure in coastal cities by representatives from Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and European Investment Bank (EIB). The session also included presentations from Surat Municipal Corporation, state of Maharashtra and a panel discussion amongst experts on the topic of mobilizing finance for resilient infrastructure in coastal cities.