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Promoting Low-Carbon Construction in Rural India

The construction industry is an important driver of growth in the Indian economy, employing a significant portion of the country’s population. It also plays a vital and complicated role in efforts to tackle climate change. It currently emits an estimated 22 per cent of India’s total annual CO2 emissions, but this is expected to increase as the population grows. At the same time, buildings and infrastructure are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change (particularly natural disasters such as floods and cyclones).Therefore, within the construction industry, there is a great potential to promote climate compatible development, both in terms of reducing GHG emissions and building homes that can withstand natural disasters.

Through this project, LEAD Pakistan and CDKN successfully addressed existing capacity gaps related to making public housing and infrastructure development programs in rural and semi-urbanised areas in India more climate compatible. We also enhanced knowledge and capacities on resource-efficient and disaster-resilient planning and practice in India’s construction industry, tailored to the climatic conditions in the country. We did this by developing a training kit to accompany training modules designed by Development Alternative that were meant to generate knowledge support for climate compatible solutions for small towns and rural spaces. The modules were delivered in two-day training exercises for three groups: policymakers, building professionals and artisans.

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Start Date:07/01/2011
End Date:10/30/2013
Funded by:CDKN


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