Water-Energy-Food Nexus – Applying an Inter-Sectoral Lens to Meet Growing Needs
Ritu Thakur of the CDKN-Asia team and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, describes how an inter-sectoral development approach in Nashik, the “backyard of Mumbai”, is helping meet people’s growing needs for water, energy and food...[more]

Gender Equity in Climate Finance – Why Does it Matter?
Aditi Paul, CDKN Asia and ICLEI South Asia, argues that climate finance provides too good an opportunity to miss, as a vehicle for advancing women’s wellbeing and development and righting some of the deep gender inequalities in society. She recommends how the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of climate finance projects could be improved to help achieve gender equity goals. [more]

Should Indian Cities be More Empowered to Take Decisions?
Philadelphia is a sweet reminder of what the city government can do to ensure a quality life for its citizens, it is also a reminder of the role that the city governments must perform in the future, writes Tikender Panwar. [more]

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific – Delegates Challenged to Think Long Term
Bedoshruti Sadhukhan of CDKN’s Asia team and the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Delhi office reports on key themes in this year’s Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress. [more]


Blended Finance for Climate and Food Security – The Potential of the Farm Sector
Reducing poverty in Asia, even in countries like India, Indonesia or others with relatively high per capita income, remains a challenge. Key priority areas like food and water security, gender equality, tackling climate change, and making cities more liveable can help eradicate poverty. [more]


Indian Infrastructure Must Be Climate-Proofed to the Core
Bedoshruti Sadhukhan of ICLEI South Asia argues that climate resilience must be not just a guiding principle, but the focus of new infrastructure projects in India. Despite increased awareness, planning decisions and infrastructure designs still do not address resilience adequately. [more]


Lessons in Sustainability from India's Past- Changing the Nature of Agricultural Practices
In the southwest coast of one of the southern most states of India lies the Kuttanad region - an area which is spread across the districts of Alappuzha and Ernakulam of Kerala. Here, Pokkali, a dying traditional practice of cultivating salt-tolerant rice varieties is being sown. [more]


Why strengthening our public transport is the need of the hour
It is no news that the air quality we breathe is highly polluted. The ambient as well as household air quality is above the alarming level thus triggering spate of diseases in the world. The State of Global Air 2018 was released recently. The report covers the entire globe and maps the air quality for the countries. It does not just provide valid data for ambient air quality but also for the household air pollution mainly from the...[more]


Kochi Airport, a role model for us to adopt organic farming?
The Kochi airport is not just the busiest airport of Kerala, it is a lighthouse in many aspects and is a unique one because of several reasons. This airport has multi-stakeholders. The government of Kerala is the largest shareholder (33.36 %) followed by Indian government companies like Airports Authority of India or AAI (8.74%). But the majority of 38 % is with the ten thousand personal investors from 29 countries, mostly non-resident...[more]


A Road to Resilience, Implementing ICLEI-ACCCRN Process in Bangladesh
The ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP) has been developed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’s South Asia and Oceania offices through involvement with the Rockefeller Foundation supported Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) program. [more]


Is climate change responsible for the early blooming of the Himalayan Rhododendron?
The impact of climate change and overall warming up of the planet does not require any special theorem. It is happening rapidly in our surrounding environment. The Himalayan region, especially the states of Himachal and Uttrakhand, that used to have a long spell of winters from November to March, is witnessing a dramatic change in the temperatures and seasons. The winters have shrunk and there is a decrease in snowfall according to Dr. Manmohan...[more]


It’s time to bring the green machine back
Delhi, one of the most populous cities in India, has a major problem of transport. Cross-section of people live in the city, and commuting is an essential element to earn the livelihood. The basic services to the city’s population is being provided by the working class who are responsible for water, sanitation, housekeeping, construction etc. The major forms of transport include metro, buses, taxis, private cars, pedestrians and the 200-year-old...[more]


Sustainable development goals: a long way to go
The resilient cities Asia Pacific Congress (RCAP), jointly organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam, ICLEI South Asia and Asia LEDs partnership, finished off successfully in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in the first week of December. [more]


South Asian and South East Asian Cities at crossroads: Role in International Climate Change Efforts

Rapid urbanisation brings new and substantial challenges, ranging from governance and citizenship to infrastructure, housing, and the environment.


Rising temperatures and social unrest
Quite often climate change and catastrophes relating to health, disasters are linked with it. However, there is another domain that needs to be thoroughly peeped into and that is the impact of climate change on social unrest. In his novel, the ‘Drowned World’, JG Ballard conjured up melting ice caps, English capital submerged under the tropical marshes and population fleeing the unbearable heat toward polar redoubts 1...[more]


Let us remember that life cycle and water cycle are one
The 8th world water forum will be held in March 2018 in Brazil. The mission statement speaks about promoting awareness, building political commitments followed by actions to facilitate efficient conservation, management and use of water on environmentally sustainable basis. This happens to be a laudable goal. But is it just a utopian target or will the world community, especially the people in South Asia, reach anywhere near...[more]


Where are we headed this Diwali
I remember attending a workshop on water, in Gurgaon, where the mere collection of clouds in the sky scared the residents of water clogging. As we all know, rains in our country become an actual disaster. Akin to that the nearing of Diwali shivers the residents of Delhi, and the national capital region with the air they are going to breathe. During this time, when only 10 days are left for the festival, the air pollution in the...[more]

Ghazipur, a reminder of the state in which we areIf this picture of Ghazipur seems like an isolated gory tale then hey, caution it is not! This is a reality with many such cities in India who are screaming at various levels to meet their solid waste management demands. Just a cursory look at the CPCB data reveals that over 150000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated in the country every day. However, just 12 % of it is treated. The rest is either dumped on some of such sites, or...[more]


Cities and Resilience Strategies

Today, while travelling in a cab in Delhi, ‘Surender Rawat’ the driver of the taxi made an interesting comment that ‘Delhi’ has not just changed but the city shows many surprises with respect to the changes in climate and weather, which affects the poor more but still there is something in the city because of which it still moves on. Was he speaking about the weakness or the strength of the city, I wondered. I guess both.[more]



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