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  • Aravind Unni
    Aravind Unni
    Urban Poverty Thematic Lead, IGSSS

    He is working as Urban Poverty Thematic Lead with Indo-Global Social Service Society, and handling developmental interventions with the most marginalized sections of the urban poor in more than 30 cities spread across 15 states. His core area of interest for research and action on urbanization and its intersection with poverty in cities, and has hands-on experience in working with communities over the last six years in participatory planning, formulating policy recommendations for people’s concerns related to housing and livelihoods, and advocating for equitable and just cities. Aravind Unni has completed his B.Arch from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and M.S. Arch from University of California- Berkeley, and is currently pursuing his PhD on Urban Social Movements from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

  • Dr. D. Raghunandan
    Dr. D. Raghunandan
    Climate Lead, ClimACT-Chennai

    Raghunandan is an active founder-member of and volunteers with Delhi Science Forum (DSF), a reputed non-profit “think tank”. In DSF, his focus is on Environment and Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Defence and Strategic Studies, and the Public Understanding of Science.

  • Dr. Monalisa Sen
    Dr. Monalisa Sen
    Sr. Programme Coordinator, ICLEI

    Dr. Monalisa Sen leads the Biodiversity team at ICLEI South Asia. She has over 20 years of experience working with the development sector on issues related to biodiversity conservation, mainstreaming biodiversity, climate change adaptation, nature based solutions, ecological restoration and enterprise based conservation.

    Monalisa has worked on mainstreaming national biodiversity policies in local planning process in order to promote urban biodiversity and ecosystem restoration in India as well as supporting local governments to contribute to the implementation of the NDCs and NBSAPs.

    She has also been instrumental in developing the state strategy for conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants in a state in India. She is actively working on issues related to urban biodiversity, ecosystem service assessment, development of City Biodiversity Index and Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and implementation of Nature based Solutions for enhancing climate resilience in cities across India.

  • Rajneesh Sareen
    Rajneesh Sareen
    Programme Director Sustainable Habitat, CSE

    Rajneesh Sareen is the Programme Director for Sustainable Buildings and Habitat Programme with the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. With an experience of around 24 years in mainstreaming sustainability in the built environment, he is leading the Programme’s research, advocacy and capacity building initiatives which involve sustainable urbanization, clean air strategies, climate action with a focus on cooling strategies, construction & demolition waste management among others.

  • Tikendar Panwar
    Tikendar Panwar
    Former Deputy Mayor, Shimla

    Tikender Panwar is the Former and only directly elected Deputy Mayor of Shimla. He is currently a member of the Urban Policy Commission of Kerala, National convenor of the National Coalition for Inclusive & Sustainable Urbanisation and a Senior Fellow at IMPRI. He was also a member of the national task force in the country to review the 74th constitutional amendment. He is also a published author.

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  • Date: Jan 10 2024
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Jan 10 2024


6:00 pm

Cities and Climate Change: Focus on Chennai- COP28 and Urbanization

Discover a groundbreaking initiative with “Cities and Climate Change: Focus on Chennai,” a 10-part webinar series presented by INHAF under the visionary ClimACT-Chennai initiative. This series stands as a pioneering effort, igniting collaborative climate action and uniting diverse stakeholders toward a sustainable, climate-resilient future for Chennai, and potentially, for cities across India.

The webinar series aims to catalyze collaboration among experts, academics, policy-makers, advocates, practitioners, and CSOs/NGOs. It is a holistic exploration of climate challenges, delving into segments such as impacts and resilience (including extreme rainfall and flooding, urban heat island effect, sea-level rise, and coastal erosion), and mitigation strategies (encompassing buildings, transportation, waste, and power generation).

Inaugural Session: COP28 and Urbanization

Embark on this transformative journey with the first part of the series, “COP28 and Urbanization.” This session will unravel the outcomes of discussions on urbanization beyond the core COP28 decisions. Dive into essential questions, exploring the rationale behind the rising concern for urbanization, understanding major recommendations from COP28 regarding climate actions in urban areas, and dissecting the implications of mainstreaming urbanization across international, national, and sub-national levels.

Participate in this dynamic session that goes beyond exploration; it signifies a collaborative journey towards a sustainable and climate-resilient Chennai, potentially influencing cities across the diverse landscape of India.

One Response

  1. It was an excellent session! glad I attended.
    In particular I would be keen to view the presentation (PDF or other format) that Dr. Sareen presented. Would it be possible to send a link to the below adress please?
    Thanking you in advance, and success with the upcoming webinars!


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