Policy study on re-calibrating institutions for climate action

Climate change is creating significant risks for people, livelihoods and the economy of Rajasthan, particularly to water and food security. The UN estimates India's climate inaction over the past two decades incurred direct costs totalling INR 13.14 lakh crore (USD 179.5 billion). This complex problem of climate change requires multi-departmental action in convergence with the other non-state actors. Therefore, the state needs to transition to a much more responsive, targeted, and coherent institutional response to mitigate, adapt, and build resilience to the adverse impact of climate change. Given these complexities, the Chief Minister's Rajasthan Economic Transformation Advisory Council (CMRETAC), under the chairmanship of the chief minister, commissioned the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) to execute the following: Identifying which government institutions need recalibration: Map present organisations and institutions and those that need to be involved in the planning and implementing climate action programs at the state level. Identifying what recalibration is required: Assess their capacity to advance climate goals, identify gaps, and prioritise opportunities/interventions for enabling state institutions to drive large-scale climate action. Identifying how recalibration needs to happen: Develop an actionable roadmap for building institutional capacities of the existing institutions for managing climate change risks in the short, medium, and long term.