Climate change has placed several species on the pathway to extinction and threatens entire ecosystems. The collective global actions towards tackling climate change have paved multiple avenues for countries across the world to make significant strides in the area including net-zero commitments in line with the Paris Agreement; however, much work remains to ensure sustainable changes. Driving this change requires urgent multi-stakeholder partnerships between global civil societies to build long term solutions, key synergistic research, and policy formulations. 

The synergistic areas of action identified by this working group are meant to facilitate dialogue and strengthen the voices of CSOs to address these issues. The discussions will revolve around a multitude of promising practices that ensure future generations are more resilient to dynamically changing environments. Focus areas include: Monitoring and detection of ecosystem degradation, reduction in carbon emissions, and disaster risk reduction; Integrating indigenous and local knowledge to interventions; Incentivizing and capacity building frameworks for implementation of governance interventions and policies that are inclusive of everyone, especially marginalized communities; The use of innovative technologies to develop sustainable and resilient communities through continued knowledge sharing and trans-boundary collaboration across local, national, and global scales; and Continued dialogues on making community resilience a reality for even the most vulnerable in the face of dynamically varying environments. 

This C20 working group seeks to analyze and propose enhancements that are relevant and strategically aligned with both developing and so-called developed countries to achieve climate justice. Along with this, this working group will seek to measure the impact of existing interventions that address and reduce the risks and increase resilience in the face of future climate-environment crises. The working group will look at best strategies and practices to reduce the tragedy of the commons through multi-stakeholder engagement, and propose enhancement and context specific fine tuning of policies that could strengthen the initiatives required for building sustainable and resilient communities.

India Coordinators: Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Amrita University, India ([email protected])

International Coordinator: Prof. Vinod Menon, RedR India ([email protected]); Dr. Athi Sivan, Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia, Malaysia ([email protected])