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Institutions are the means through which cities will respond to growing climate stresses and risks. However, urban institutions are rarely adequately empowered to function within a clear, interrelated structure. This lack of institutional coherence and capacity hampers cities’ ability to develop adaptive capacity or respond to climate impacts. Given the complexity of the adaptation challenge and the rapid and dynamic change occurring in most Indian cities, it is critical to assess and enhance the capacity of urban institutions to enable adaptation.

In 2014, WRI will launch the Urban Adaptive Capacity (UAC) Framework, which builds off of WRI’s National Adaptive Capacity Framework. The UAC framework can be used to assess Indian cities’ institutional adaptive capacity, highlight the gaps in capacity, and ultimately inform city, state and national policy to enable adaptation planning. Undertaking such analysis of adaptation status and readiness from a governance perspective enables identification of adaptation needs and next steps.

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