Urban India is at the threshold of major transformation. While we are gearing up for building smart Indian cities, we are also recognizing the need for sustainability in our development patterns. Therefore, there is a need for us to relook the ways in which we design our infrastructure, run our cities, and manage current pressures emanating from urbanization. All these requirements are also coupled with serious development related challenges confronting the cities of the 21st century. Cities need to continuously gear up for addressing issues of increasing pressures on resources, environmental degradation, air pollution, climate change, and increasing frequency of climate induced events and disasters.

This briefing paper draws from the key learning derived from TERI’s programme on capacity building which was supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). The programme covered urban local bodies (ULBs) of four Indian states on the theme of ‘Urban Climate Resilience’. The key messages from this experience have gone beyond the theme for the training programme itself and posed challenges of larger issues with training and capacity needs at the ULBs’ level.

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