𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸, 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴
The Royal Society for Protection of Nature works for the betterment of sustainable environment addressing key environmental concerns and biodiversity crises. To leverage on the knowledge and expertise of the organization, RSPN is attending two-day convening of Climate Action Champions Network (CACN) at New Delhi in India.
Today, climate change stands as the most critical transnational threat facing the modern world. South Asia, one of the worst impacted regions due to climate change understands this intimately. Rising sea levels, increasingly destructive weather events, and biodiversity loss that are climate-based challenges in South Asia thus cut across borders and require a joint approach by governments, academia and civil society in the region. The region is facing with three drastic transitions simultaneously, the climate transition; the urbanisation transition; and the demographic transition. In this context, it is essential to build pathways for the countries of the region that combine strategic autonomy, sustainable urbanisation, growth and livelihoods, and low-carbon transformations.
As one of the world’s youngest regions, future success or failure in combating the multi-dimensional challenges caused by climate change will rest on the shoulders of South Asia’s numerous aspirational youth, who must take the lead in shaping public debate and policy on climate change. Therefore the CACN takes one step forward in the inclusion of young leaders, by giving a central role to their voices, ideas and creativity to respond to the multi-faceted risks posed by climate change. The current convening at New Delhi, India is mostly attending by international youth experts selected from five countries – India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, for their potential to lead climate action policies and initiatives in their respective countries and in the wider South Asian and Indo-Pacific Region.
The main objective of the event is to find recommendations, solutions and ideas in the effort of mitigating climate change as well as building climate resilience within systems and communities in the region. The program aims to explore a multitude of global issues with local resonance, covering green technology industry, impact of climate change on biodiversity, climate-smart agriculture, climate finance, and climate change policy-making. The participants will also delve into the wider climate change and development agenda, by looking at the intersection of climate change with developmental indicators such as gender, global health, and urbanisation.
The program is being organised by the lead implementer, Observer Research Foundation from India, in conjunction with the the co-implementers Genlab from Bangladesh, Institute for Strategic and Socio-Economic Research (ISSR) from Nepal, and Sri Lanka Development Journalists Forum (SDJF) from Sri Lanka. The program is being supported by the State Department of the United States Government.