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Connecting the Dots: Social Investment Strategies for Adaptation Responses to the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health

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Saransh Maheshwari

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Co-author: Bhawani Singh Maurya

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The climate crisis is arguably the defining crisis of our time with more than 3.3 billion people living in areas highly vulnerable to climate change. The impact of climate change on people’s health and wellbeing not only directly but also in terms of the connection between climate hazards and social and economic determinants of health.

Given the dynamic nature of interaction between the planetary systems and social, economic and environmental determinants of health, AVPN is pleased to share with the investor community our learnings from consultations with more than 17 experts and investors, curated in the “The Climate & Health Opportunity Primer” report. Within the pages of the Primer, readers will find impact pathways and opportunities in adaptation responses to counter the effects of climate change on public health (refer Figure 1 above).  

This primer serves as a clarion call to social investors (refer Figure 3 below), urging them to seize the opportunity to intervene directly and indirectly, catalysing innovation, fostering collaboration, and building the capacity of frontline organisations. Through targeted investments, strategic partnerships, and ecosystem-building initiatives, social investors can play a pivotal role in shaping a resilient future where the health of communities is safeguarded against the ravages of climate change.

AVPN will strive to build the field in this emerging area and nurture the ecosystem for more urgent action through our “Climate x Health: Lighthouse for Asia” in partnership with Bayer Foundation, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, India Health Fund and Monash University. The Lighthouse will endeavour to ignite action at the Climate-Health nexus by a) aggregating knowledge for capacity building; b) incubating and validating innovations for effective adaptation; c) engaging policy shapers and practitioners; d) developing evidence-backed narratives to mobilise catalytic capital. 

Join us in navigating the complex terrain of climate and health, forging pathways to a sustainable future in Asia and beyond by registering your interest HERE

For any inquiries or to learn more about these initiatives, please reach out to Aravindan Srinivasan, Director of Thematic Collaborations ([email protected]), or Bhawani Singh Maurya, Senior Manager ([email protected]).

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

Author

Saransh Maheshwari

Senior Associate, South Asia at AVPN

Saransh is an Senior Associate, South Asia. His role focuses on supporting the development of AVPN’s social investor collaborations across all of the platforms, with the aim that these collaborative communities collectively work together to mobilise resources to address issues in Asia. Prior joining to AVPN, Saransh has interned in some of the emerging start-ups in India from sectors like supply chain and ed-tech. ​His last stint as a Strategy Consultant was with Sight and Life a Swiss-based think-tank. In this role, he developed a feasibility study and business model to improve the availability and affordability of fish in low & middle-income countries. Saransh holds degree in Bachelors of Management Studies from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (University of Delhi). As a social entrepreneur at Enactus SSCBS, Saransh led the project Khidki aimed to eradicate malnutrition between the age brackets of 2-6 years from urban slum clusters of East Delhi.

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