Mainstreaming Climate Co-Benefits in Indian Cities

Post-Habitat III Innovations and Reforms

  • Mahendra Sethi
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira

Part of the Exploring Urban Change in South Asia book series (EUCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction to the Concept and Theory of Co-benefits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mahendra Sethi, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
      Pages 3-45
  3. Contextualizing Co-benefit Issues: Across Spatial Scales and Sectors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Bhola Ram Gurjar, Toshimasa Ohara, Mukesh Khare, Priyanka Kulshrestha, Vandana Tyagi, Ajay Singh Nagpure
      Pages 77-98
    3. Usha P. Raghupathi, Richa Sharma, Aastha Joshi
      Pages 99-120
  4. Co-benefits in Energy, Transport, Buildings, Waste and Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Mahendra Sethi
      Pages 123-144
    3. Sudhir Gota, Alvin Mejia
      Pages 145-167
    4. Amit Chatterjee, Manmohan Kapshe, Binayak Choudhury, Shomit Bade
      Pages 191-209
    5. Meenakshi Dhote, Debojyoti Mukherjee
      Pages 211-241
  5. Promoting Co-benefits in the Urban Context: Innovations and Reforms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Rama Krishna Reddy Kummitha
      Pages 265-283
    3. Divya Sharma, Raina Singh
      Pages 303-323
    4. A. Narender, Mahendra Sethi
      Pages 341-373

About this book


This volume presents a novel framework to understand urban climate co-benefits in India, that is, tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development goals in cities. It utilizes methods and tools from several assessment frameworks to scientifically evaluate sector co-benefits for informed decision making. The co-benefits approach can lead to significant improvements in the way societies use environmental resources and distribute their outputs. The volume discusses four main themes: (1) Concepts and theories on cities and climate co-benefits; (2) Contextualizing co-benefit issues across spatial scales and sectors; (3) Sectoral analyses of co-benefits in energy, transport, buildings, waste, and biodiversity, and (4) Innovations and reforms needed to promote co-benefits in cities. The discussions are based on empirical research conducted in Indian cities and aligned with the international discourse on the 2030 UN Development Agenda and New Urban Agenda created at the UN-Habitat III in 2016. The analyses and recommendations in this volume are of considerable interest to policy experts, scholars and researchers of  urban and regional studies, geography, public policy, international development/law, economics, development planning, environmental planning, climate change, energy studies, and so on.  

How can India provide services and infrastructure to its rapidly urbanizing population and simultaneously reduce emissions? While answering such questions this book is a must read to understand India’s course in implementing the Habitat III agenda, as well as achieving relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

-Professor Govindan Parayil, Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainablility, University of South Florida, USA (Former Vice-Rector and Director, UNU-IAS, Japan)


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mahendra Sethi
    • 1
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Urban AffairsNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EAESP and FGV/EBAPE)Sao Paulo and Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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