The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and World Resources Institute (WRI) India have announced Leaders in Climate Change Management (LCCM), a practice-based learning program that aims to build the capacity of urban professionals drive climate action across all sectors and geographies. in India.
To facilitate this face-to-face learning programme, the Institute of Administrative Training (ATI) Mysuru also signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with NIUA and WRI India on Monday, becoming the first implementing partner from the program.
The LCCM plans to train 5,000 professionals, including mid- to junior-level government officials and front-line workers, and prepare them to champion climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions for a coordinated effort. to achieve India’s climate commitments. The launch also marked the achievements of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which supports the NIUA, towards India’s urban climate goals.
V Manjula, Additional Chief Secretary of Karnataka and Managing Director of ATI Mysuru, said, “Considering the rapid urbanization of states like Karnataka, this is a very big decision. ATI is in a unique position to be part of the initiative as we have centers of excellence to deliver targeted training on disaster management, the Sustainable Development Goals, e-governance and data analytics, etc People are aware of the impacts of climate change and know that it is urgent but often there is a lack of capacity and a lack of management structures. We intend to leverage this collaboration and the experience gained in the process as a springboard to launch an extensive state-level training partnership program in the LCCM, and to emerge as a center for excellence at the national level for the LCCM. At ATI, we are looking forward to this initiative so that we can learn from it and be able to integrate climate change into various training programs that we conduct at national and national levels for officers.
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Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, said: “It is very fitting and fitting that we are launching the program today immediately following the celebration of World Environment Day yesterday. . This program is another initiative in a long series of government interventions to not only fight climate change, but also to build a new path of sustainable development that responds to our economic conditions.
The LCCM program, designed and implemented in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program and the Indian School of Business, aims to strengthen India’s workforce to achieve this goal. It is a blended learning program for urban practitioners looking to improve their skills and prepare to lead effective climate action. The program has four phases: the first phase is an e-learning module that can be completed in eight weeks; the next includes face-to-face sessions spanning four to six days; the third phase asks participants to carry out a project over six to eight months and to attend exhibition visits; and the final phase includes networking and establishing a community of practice.
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The e-learning will be hosted on the National Urban Learning Platform, the capacity building arm of NIUA. It will also be hosted and supported by ATI, Mysuru. The program aims to sign similar agreements with ATIs across India in the coming months.
Mr. Kunal Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, said, “To achieve these goals, we need innovation, participation, technology, integration and capacity optimization. We have already started this journey through various Indian government missions, including the Smart Cities mission. The Ministry, in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union and NIUA, launched the initiative – City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) as a mechanism for urban innovation. The program has developed project management tools and frameworks across the urban sector, including environmental and social safeguards. Leaders in Climate Change Management (LCCM) is connected to the CITIIS program. The first cohort of the LCCM program will include participants from the 12 cities receiving assistance under the CITIIS programme. The LCCM will become an integral part of CITIIS 2.0, as it will act as a capacity building arm.
Dr. OP Agarwal, Managing Director of WRI India, presenting the LCCM programme, its structure and its objective to improve the skills of urban climate leadership in India, said: “The main challenge in building the capacity of professionals Mid-career is about using the right kind of pedagogical style of teaching that encourages learning by doing, rather than just listening to lectures. The LCCM has fully recognized this and embraced this type of teaching style.
Hitesh Vaidya, Director of NIUA, said, “Given the rate of investments in urban sectors in India, for example $30 billion for smart cities program, the need to mainstream climate action into existing and future investments towards physical, social and environmental services is paramount to ensure sustainable development. Through the LCCM, the National Institute of Urban Affairs will work towards its goal of building capacity and disseminating knowledge on the dynamic discourse of urban issues, with reference to climate change issues.