About the forum-
- The forum is led by the National Institute of Urban Affairs’ Climate Centre for Cities (NIUA C-Cube) and anchored by World Resources Institute India (WRI India) under the Cities4Forests initiative.
- It is supported by Caterpillar Foundation, Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Govt. of the United Kingdom and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).
- Established with support from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) at NIUA has been set up as a one stop shop to support capacity building and knowledge retention for mainstreaming climate change action in Indian cities.
- It aims to create synergy across all climate actions which are being undertaken in Indian cities by various stakeholders.
- Forum aims to create a collective of NbS entrepreneurs, government entities and like-minded organisations, to help scale urban nature-based solutions by-
- Defining a shared language and by communicating benefits that inform actions at the local level including scaling up of existing NbS interventions.
- Driving investment and strengthening delivery mechanisms through multi-stakeholder coordination.
- Mainstreaming urban ecosystem-based services and nature-based solutions in India through informing policy, plans and project interventions
- Along with mitigating the impact of climate change, NbS also helps in providing multiple ecosystem benefits along with addressing various societal challenges including building resilience of the underserved and vulnerable urban communities who are most affected by climate change induced catastrophes.
World Urban Forum(WUF)-
- The WUF was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
- As a non-legislative forum open to all, it provides the opportunity for thousands of participants involved in all aspects of urbanisation to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed.
- WUF is convened by UN-Habitat.
- The first WUF was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002 and has been held around the world ever since.
- 11th WUF was co-organized by UN-Habitat, Poland’s Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Municipal Office of Katowice.