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Rising sea levels and extreme weather events like droughts, heat waves and intense rainfall are already causing great difficulties to communities in India and elsewhere. As climate change puts pressure on water and energy resources, negative impacts could spiral. People are affected, but so too are industries and economies. Industrial areas in India are especially vulnerable.
Climate change could have devastating economic impacts. Adaptation entails private and public sector actors - decision makers, planning authorities, and developers and managers of industrial areas - understanding climate risks and taking adaptive measures to minimise them. Climate risks are often underestimated or may
seem too complex even to try to manage. Individuals and institutions may lack technical expertise, and existing rules, procedures and planning instruments fail to provide a robust framework for climate-sensitive industrial development.
Climate Change Adaptation in Industrial Areas (CCA-IA) addresses these challenges, by piloting climate-resilient approaches in industrial areas initially in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. State governments and CCA-IA are developing climate risk analysis tools specifically for industrial zones. These tools highlight areas of vulnerability, to flash floods or extreme temperatures, for example, and identify
specific measures that can be adopted to avoid them when planning and building new developments, retrofitting existing infrastructure, or developing new planning rules and procedures.
The states are building a roadmap towards climate resilience for their own use, but the tools and methodology are equally applicable to other states across India. A key aim of CCA-IA is to spread knowledge and understanding of climate change as a major issue for industry and of adaptation tools and approaches that have proven successful here in India.