The Times of India: The Diamond City’s preparedness to tackle natural disasters and effects of climate change has got a fillip with the Rockefeller Foundation identifying Surat as one of the 100 “resilient” cities.
The Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of 33 cities to provide technical and financial support to identify and create urban indicators that will make the city resilient to the disasters. The cities have been selected from 400 applicants, including five other cities of India, across six continents. The cities have been selected on the recommendation of a panel of judges from around the world, including former US President Bill Clinton.
The announcement of the selected cities will be made during The Rockefeller Foundation’s third annual Innovation Forum titled, “Building Resilient Cities”, to be held at New York on December 4.
Surat is likely to get a financial aid package for the work that could go up to $1 million for the next three years. Surat has got the nod ahead of other Asian cities for its work in the field of flood mitigation and developing effective end-to-end early warning system for flood forecast, setting up of Surat City Climate Change Trust and setting up of Urban Health Climate Resilience Center to tackle climate change.
Surat is one of the 10 sister cities of Asian Cities Climate change Resilience Network and has been in the forefront of issues related to climate change in the country.
Manoj Das, municipal commissioner, said, “It is a proud moment for us. Knowledge-sharing on issues of better environment with elite of the world will help the city in developing strategy to combat climate change and other related issues in future.”
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>