ICLEI South Asia Publications and Reports

Annual Report

The Annual Report sheds light upon various initiatives and local solutions that ICLEI South Asia, together with cities and partners, has carried out, such as guidelines on low carbon growth, improvement of sanitation conditions, awareness-raising on adaptation to climate change, support to municipalities in implementing Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency projects, strengthening of South-South cooperation and much more, for the upliftment of the cities and their people.

Annual Report 2016-2018

Annual Report 2014-2016

Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report 2011-2012

Biodiverse city

Trees of Subhash Chandra Bose Park Kochi, Kerala – A HANDBOOK
This handbook, prepared under INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity project, is an attempt to familiarize the visitors with the tree diversity of the Park. Apart from photographs and details about the trees, the handbook also includes maps which detail the tree distribution, family wise distribution of the trees, tree distribution based on place of origin, along with a map of the features in the Park.

Cities for Life: City and Subnational Biodiversity Summit - Summit Report
The report captures the wealth of ideas, tools, resources and messages that emerged during the Cities for Life Summit, that took place in parallel to CBD COP 11, in Hyderabad, India, in October 2012.



Low-carbon city

Urban LEDS II - March 2019 Newsletter
Urban-LEDS II is an implementing project of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM). The project provides technical assistance to cities and towns. Technical assistance is provided to cities and towns in 8 countries with exchanges with 16 European cities, helping them develop robust strategies and integrated climate action plans, underpinned by knowledge gained from risk and vulnerability assessments and greenhouse gas emission inventories.

State Level Urban Low Carbon Policy Notes: Tamil Nadu (DRAFT)
These policy notes, one for each state, have been prepared under the project “Integrating Urban Climate Guidelines through Clean Technologies (RE & EE) at the State and City level to build sustainable low carbon cities” and provide suitable policy recommendations for low carbon urban growth.

State Level Urban Low Carbon Policy Notes: Rajasthan (DRAFT)
These policy notes, one for each state, have been prepared under the project “Integrating Urban Climate Guidelines through Clean Technologies (RE & EE) at the State and City level to build sustainable low carbon cities” and provide suitable policy recommendations for low carbon urban growth.

Urban Low Carbon Growth: Financing Opportunities for Indian Cities
The report highlights the ways in which existing financial mechanisms can be perceived by the city decision-makers, reveals barriers to the local government action and record processes through which local governments can pursue mitigation activities.

Framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Low Carbon Actions for Local Government
The report provides the details on the process of formulation of a MRV framework at city level for the measurement, reporting and verification of the projects undertaken as per the requirement of climate change mitigation actions/plans.

Indian Community Protocol for Accounting & Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
This Protocol provides requirements and guidance for Indian cities on preparing and publicly reporting their GHG emission inventory. This is the first such document available for local governments in any developing country which will present standard pathways for Indian Cities on measuring, analyzing and reporting GHG emissions in an effective and transparent way.

Energy and Carbon emissions profile for 54 South Asian cities
What once was considered a scientific theory and was limited only to academic discussions, is today a grave concern facing mankind. Climate change is a reality and there is a need for immediate, effective and responsible actions. This report is an output of the ‘Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the Post 2012 Global Climate Agreement and Actions’ project and is prepared by ICLEI-South Asia with support from the British High Commission and provides a brief inventory of energy status and carbon emissions of 54 South Asian cities.

Resilient city

ICLEI-ACCCRN Process (IAP) - A toolkit for Local Governments 

With a strong city focus, this toolkit is targeted at city governments and their role in catalysing community building. It provides a streamlined process that is simple and yet rigorous, and which can be implemented by the cities themselves, with only minimal need for external support.

ICLEI ACCCRN Engagement Building Projects

Part of the ICLEI brief under ACCCRN project was to establish a grant-making fund available to the “ICLEI-ACCCRN” cities to deepen engagement and partnerships between various city stakeholders during the early stages of the resilience planning and project identification process. 16 grants were subsequently awarded. This booklet provides a snapshot of each grant project.

Main outcomes of AsianCitiesAdapt: Learning Exchange

Co-organised by the Corporation of Cochin and ICLEI South Asia, the “AsianCitiesAdapt Learning Exchange” took place in Cochin, India, on 30 and 31 October 2013. Central subjects of a range of expert presentations and lively discussions were the trends of a changing climate projected for the South and Southeast Asian region, their likely impacts on urban systems as well as a diverse set of options for local governments to prepare their cities for the challenges ahead. This document highlights the main outcomes and takeaways of the event.

Local governments championing adaptation to climate change - A primer for decision-makers in Asian cities

This primer deals with the challenge of governance and management in cities in times of climate change, thus addressing a key actor in climate adaptation - local governments.

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2016 - A report

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific was first held in 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand and proved to be a platform aimed at providing a platform where dialogues were conducted to forge partnerships, with the ultimate goal of identifying implementable solutions and creating lasting impacts for cities. The overwhelming response from the first Congress brought us to the 2nd Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, organised in conjunction with The 16th International Convention on Melaka Twin Cities and hosted by Melaka State Government – in collaboration with Melaka Historic City Council and IMTGT-CIMT in Melaka, Malaysia. The report brings out the key sessions and their takeaways from the event. 

Enhancing climate resilience of Gorakhpur by buffering floods through climate-resilient peri-urban agriculture

The project "Enhancing climate resilience of Gorakhpur by buffering floods through climate-resilient peri-urban agriculture" is part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, it was implemented by the Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) from June 2012 to May 2016 to demonstrate the importance of ecosystem services –such as the flood buffering provided by peri-urban agriculture – in addressing climate change impacts in Gorakhpur. The RUAF Foundation, in collaboration with ICLEI South Asia, undertook a formative evaluation of this project in April–May 2016, at the request of The Rockefeller Foundation. This concluding report importantly documents the tangible impact the project is having on farmers, and contributes to the broader evidence base for urban resilience.

Resilience and Informality

This city specific problem statement will present an overview of the current situation of informal settlements and analyse their vulnerability through a climate lens. It intends to generate discussion that will enable the formulations of solutions aimed at more inclusive decision making. This is followed by a solution basket that presents various interventions based on the problem statements that have been developed and discussed.

Problem Statement: Bidhannagar, India
Solution Basket: Bidhannagar

Problem Statement: Denpasar
Solution Basket: Denpasar

Problem Statement: Nashik
Solution Basket: Nashik

Problem Statement: Quezon
Solution Basket: Quezon


City specific storylines for Disaster Risk Reduction

ICLEI South Asia analysed the disaster loss and damage database for three countries (Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka), with an aim to correlate trends in loss and damage from disasters reported at the national and subnational levels (in the database), with disasters and damage recorded at the city level. City level
data collection on climate change and disaster patterns along with disaster preparedness, were carried out. City specific Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Change Adaptation (DRR – CCA) action plans have been developed for Ratnapura and Balangoda in Sri Lanka, Kampong Cham and Prey Veng in Cambodia and
Surabaya and Banda Aceh in Indonesia.


Kampong Cham
Prey Veng

Banda Aceh

Smart urban infrastructure

Ecomobility Readiness Assessment: Project outcomes and Documentation Report
The report is a collection of initiatives, studies and other relevant information of over 20 cities and aims at enabling decision makers to put in place policies, programmes and projects that not only respond to the capacities and conditions of the status of Non-motorised Transport at the local level, but also work towards improving the existing ones.

ICLEI South Asia releases Policy Review report to address efficiency in the Urban Built Environment

Rejuvenating the Nehru Place District Centre

ENG | ES | FR | PT | KR | JP | CN