CLIMATE-RESILIENT CITIES: Adaptive and Mitigative Approaches for a Warming Habitat

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Cities face immense vulnerability in the wake of climate change, with far-reaching consequences for infrastructure, lives and environmental well-being. A United Nations report warns that at 1.5°C warming, 2.3 billion people could suffer severe heat waves. The report also predicts a potential 4°C rise in warming in cities by century-end if greenhouse gas emissions persist at current levels.

Elevated temperatures in cities can pose challenges such as heat-related illnesses, increased cooling energy demands, water shortages, and economic consequences. The dire situation is exacerbated by concretisation, shrinking of green spaces and waterbodies, lifestyle changes, and a shift towards air conditioning and cars.

There is an urgent need to tackle cities’ heat-related challenges with the help of adaptive and mitigative measures. This can be done through modification of bye-laws, strategic planning, innovative building design, harnessing solar potential in buildings and public spaces, and integration of sustainable cooling systems, among others. These measures can play a key role in safeguarding public health, enhancing urban liveability, building resilience to climate change, and contributing to national climate goals.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is offering a four-day training programme that will provide participants with holistic knowledge for designing climate-resilient and resource-efficient urban habitats. It will capture how better layout planning, optimisation of using green and blue infrastructure, incorporation of energy-efficient low-carbon techniques, transitioning towards renewable energy, and appropriate building design can -- together -- contribute to an enhanced urban environment and the overall well-being/liveability of its occupants.


  • Urban habitat and climate change
  • Understanding the drivers of heat gain, reductions, sources and sinks in an urban form
  • Urban heat island effect
  • Leveraging remote sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for urban climate studies
  • Low-carbon and renewable cooling technologies
  • Potential of solar energy for decarbonisation
  • Role of electric vehicles in shaping the future
  • State climate action plans
  • Vulnerability assessment and risk mapping
  • Energy Conservation Building Codes 


Nimish Gupta
Deputy Programme Manager
Sustainable Habitat Programme, CSE


Rajneesh Sareen
Programme Director
Sustainable Habitat Programme, CSE



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Course Fee
Rs 28,000* (sponsorships and discounts available) *Course fee will cover tuition fee, and costs of training materials, boarding and lodging, and transport from New Delhi to AAETI and back.
Who can Apply
This training programme is designed for officials from urban local bodies and other government departments, architects, planner, engineers, builders and developers, researchers and scholars.
Course Date
November 21-24, 2023
Last Date to Apply
November 13, 2023
Sponsorships and discounts available
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