12.02.2014

Helping cities gain access to adaptation financing

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and in the framework of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) ICLEI South Asia assisted three cities in India (Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shimla) to develop climate resilience strategies based on the assessment of the climate threats they were facing and the anticipated impacts on their vulnerable urban systems and social groups. For this, ICLEI South Asia adopted a methodology...


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11.02.2014

A bag full of meetings and of fun – Ingredients that made the Annual Retreat 2014 memorable!

The Annual retreat for ICLEI South Asia was held at Osian, Jodhpur from 28th January 2014 to 1st February 2014 where the staff from all Indian offices of ICLEI South Asia came together to take a glance at the past year at ICLEI South Asia, come up with myriad ideas and take a look at the new projects and areas of work planned for the current year. The staff retreat was also a chance for interaction, knowing each other better on a more personal...


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10.02.2014

Project Advisory Group provides essential takeaways for the Urban LEDS project

Held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on 5 February 2014, the First Project Advisory Group (PAG) meeting of Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS) witnessed the participation of representatives from esteemed organisations like Kfw (German Development bank), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), UN-Habitat, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy...


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07.02.2014

Stepping stone for the Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian cities project

The Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities project has taken another step towards selecting the 12 final cities that will be assessed for their green growth potential and opportunities. 31 Indian municipalities have been shortlisted and an Expression of Interest (EOI) has been sent to them, to invite them to be a part of the study. 12 cities will be finally chosen based on the EOI responses and in such a way as to ensure a balanced...


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07.02.2014

Paving the path for successful IUWM practices: AdoptIUWM cities’ plans for the next year

After one year of successful project activities, the project cities under the EU funded Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM) Project are on their way to developing a Rapid Action Plan based on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUMW). Cities are also preparing a long list for the first pilot project to demonstrate the principles of IUWM. Subsequent to the first stakeholder consultation workshops in the cities, data...


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05.02.2014

Bringing cities and businesses together to engage in renewable energy initiatives

IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) with assistance from the European Commission, ICLEI, IPEEC (International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation) and UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Program) organised a one day International Mayors Workshop on Business Models for Renewable Energy Deployment in Cities in Abu Dhabi, on 22 January 2014, alongside the World Future Energy Summit. The workshop, aimed at promoting...


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04.02.2014

UN Secretary General appoints Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 31 January 2014 the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 31 January 2014 the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. His new role is to assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with...


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02.02.2014

Moving beyond low-carbon plans towards green investment –City Climate Planner Accreditation Program

The first stakeholder meeting for the City Climate Planner Accreditation Program – an initiative of the World Bank’s Urban Development and Resilience Unit, was held in Gwangju, South Korea, from 13-15 January 2014.  The 3-day meeting was aimed at discussing methodologies related to city-level GHG inventories, identifying effective personnel certification program, and mapping out the timetable. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South...


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31.01.2014

How do people in Asia experience climate change? Find out in Climate Asia reports

All country reports are now available, both in English and regional languages too (Bengali and Nepali)! Climate Asia is reportedly the world’s largest study of people’s daily experience of climate change in seven Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.  How do people in Asia live with climate change now?  How will it impact their future and how will they shape their own environment?...


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24.01.2014

Calling all champions of Biodiversity!

The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) invite nominations for outstanding biodiversity management models for the India Biodiversity Awards 2014.  India has a rich heritage of biodiversity which provides ecological, economic, social, cultural, spiritual, educational, scientific and aesthetic services to millions of people. These natural resources are facing numerous...


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21.01.2014

Cochin, Coimbatore and Hyderabad among the final 34 cities for EHCC 2014!

Cochin, Coimbatore and Hyderabad are among the 34 finalists chosen to compete for the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 crown.  These 34 finalists have been chosen from an array of 163 cities from 14 countries worldwide. The cities have reported their GHG inventory including low carbon actions and action plans on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognised greenhouse gas emissions reporting platform for local...


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17.01.2014

Research, Innovation and Higher Education at European Roadshow 2014

EU-India collaboration will be the spotlight of the “European Roadshow 2014”, the third series of information seminars being organized by The Delegation of the European Union to India and EU member states, which will be held in 16 cities in India; some of them being Pune, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai etc. The series of conferences, scheduled from 9 January to 31 March 2014, aim to present the new Research & Innovation (R&I) funding...


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15.01.2014

Talk through your picture about Urban Climate Adaptation and Resilience.

If you love taking pictures and love local action against climate change as much, this is the perfect platform for you!  The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. These urban areas are experiencing the effects of changing climate, triggered by large and growing populations. Individuals and communities are adapting and building resilience to increased threats from floods, landslides, uneven and more severe weather...


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14.01.2014

Focus on Indian cities’ responses to climate change at first ACCCRN National Conference

As cities expand and resource footprints extend to regional, national and global levels, it is essential that integrated development decisions should be inclusive and sustainable across scales. This was the focus of the 1st National Conference on Emerging mechanisms and responses of cities to climate change, held in New Delhi, India on 10 December 2013, which looked at the various approaches and experiences in developing resilience across the...


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13.01.2014

Now a course that makes YOU the climate champion!

The World Bank is launching their first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change on 27th January 2014, which will present the most recent scientific evidence as well as some of the opportunities for urgent action on climate change. Under current pledges and commitments, the world is likely to reach 4°C degree warming by the end of the century and 2°C warming as early as 2040. This MOOC brings together renowned scientists to provide...


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10.01.2014

Spotlight on the achievements of the past year through ICLEI South Asia Annual Report 2012-13

The past year has proved to be extremely rewarding and constructive for ICLEI South Asia, our numerous member cities and our esteemed partners. Now that we step into a New Year, it is time to have a glance back: this is why ICLEI South Asia has just released the Annual Report 2012-2013 which describes and highlights the achievements of our cities and the contribution of our office to a more sustainable South Asian region.   The...


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08.01.2014

Green Growth strategies to be developed for Indian cities

Supported by the Global Green Growth Institute and carried out by ICLEI South Asia and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the ‘Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities’ project will assess cities in India to identify their green growth status and potential, and simultaneously develop a series of best practices relevant to the urban development needs and challenges of Indian cities, displaying a wide range of green...


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06.01.2014

Nashik all set to kick-start the Urban Nexus Pilot Project

The city of Nashik in Maharashtra has been chosen as the Indian city to undertake the pilot project activities under the Urban Nexus project by ICLEI South Asia in discussion with GIZ India. The first set of meetings were held in Nashik on 23 and 24 December 2013, together with representatives from Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and other stakeholders such as the Irrigation Department, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC),...


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03.01.2014

Joining hands for a cleanliness drive at Nanded

The city visit under Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN) – India Chapter, which is part of the larger GPN programme developed by the Alliance of Religions and Conservations (ARC), WWF and ICLEI, was conducted in Hazur Sahib, Nanded on 17th and 18th December by ICLEI South Asia along with Nanded Takhat (Gurudwara) Board and EcoSikh, an international ecology organization which is proactively spearheading the movement. The GPN project aims to...


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25.12.2013

Show that you care… Join UNertia!

A collaboration between UNESCO Asia, the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and UNEP Regional office for Asia and the Pacific, and supported by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, UNertia is a campaign and competition that encourages anyone and everyone, in particular young people, students and schools in the Asia-Pacific region, to engage in sustainable actions which will yield positive environmental benefits in their local...


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23.12.2013

Seeking counsel from the experts at the GPC Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

Representatives from ICLEI South Asia and member cities Gwalior, Pune, Kota and Surat were present at the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) Stakeholder Consultation Workshop held on the 11th December 2013 in New Delhi, India, which aimed towards seeking from the experts, guidance, direction and ideas for the further development of the GPC, which is an international greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standard for...


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06.12.2013

Kochi and Matale ready for innovative urban transport SOLUTIONS

Funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, the Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION project (SOLUTIONS) on innovative and green urban transport solutions, has announced names of cities that will be involved in the project’s innovation activities as leading, take-up or training cities. Two ICLEI South Asia members, namely, Kochi, India, and Matale, Sri Lanka, have been given the opportunity...


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04.12.2013

Advancing towards building the capacity of Tamil Nadu cities at “Sustainable Cities through Transport”

 A two day conference on ‘Sustainable Cities through Transport’ was organized by the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, in association with the Institute for Transport Development and Policy (ITDP) in Coimbatore in November 2013. The conference was a step towards the larger goal of building the capacity of Tamil Nadu cities to understand and prepare budgets for sustainable transport measures in their cities. Enrique Penalosa (in...


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03.12.2013

Surat among the first 33 Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities in the world

ICLEI member Surat, India, has been announced as one of the first set of 33 cities for the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a Rockefeller Foundation’s initiative.  The only city from South Asia to have made it to the first batch, Surat is one of the 21 ICLEI members to have received support from The Rockefeller Foundation for their urban resilience work. With more than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities...


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02.12.2013

Anchoring ideas at Urban LEDS First City-peer exchange and learning on Low Emission Development

Thane, Rajkot, Shimla and Gwalior were among the seventeen of the thirty-seven Urban LEDS project cities that came together at the First City-peer exchange and learning on Low Emission Development on 27 to 29th November, 2013 in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), South Africa.  The International City Networking Seminar, which is  the first networking seminar in the framework of the Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in...


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26.11.2013

Progressive results for SUNYA – residents in Coimbatore take a step forward

More wards to come under SUNYA-Towards zero waste in South Asia Project in Coimbatore. 30 residents from ward number 23 in RS Puram, Coimbatore, were presented with gifts and certificates from the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation, as a token of appreciation for engaging in source segregation of household garbage activities at their residence, as part of the SUNYA-Towards zero waste in South Asia project. Mayor SM Velusamy and...


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19.11.2013

Shaping up LEDS at Asia LEDS Forum 2013

Held in Manila, Philippines from 1-4 October 2013, the second annual gathering of the Asia LEDS (Low-emission Development Strategies) partnership, Asia LEDS Forum 2013: Putting LEDS into Practice, brought together 250 representatives from 22 Asian and Pacific countries and peers from Africa, South America, North America and Europe - national and subnational governments, international organizations, civil society groups, academic institutions...


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18.11.2013

414 cities report raft of inspiring climate actions

By November 2013, 414 cities worldwide have already registered over 4,000 climate actions - either completed or in progress until 2020 - in the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR). 11 Indian cities have contributed to this impressive number, namely, Ahmadabad, Pune, New Delhi, Nagpur, Panaji, Shimla, Cochin, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Kota, for whom the data was collected through the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)...


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15.11.2013

Car-free Sundays starting now in Gurgaon!

17 November 2013 will be a day that many people in Gurgaon, India, will remember: the first Sunday, of a series of many more, when people won against cars and took over the streets.  In a quest to make Gurgaon accessible for its residents and encourage the use of cycling, walking and public transport in the city, organizations, such as Embarq, and activists of Gurgaon came together to execute a novel concept:  ‘RAAHGIRI DAY’....


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14.11.2013

Walking the talk with Deputy Mayor of Shimla

“People used to think I am crazy, they used to ridicule the notion of cycling. Now there is a cycling club called ICE - Initiative for Cycling Enthusiasts – that counts over 100 members!”, says Mr. Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor of Shimla, who is a cycling enthusiast.  Home to the legendary mountain biking race, MTB Himalaya, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh located in the south-western ranges of the Himalayas....


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12.11.2013

Laying the path for Non-Motorised Transport in Tamil Nadu

As a part of the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration’s (CMA) initiatives to promote Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) in the state of Tamil Nadu, ICLEI South Asia has been given the task of assessing the status of NMT in Coimbatore.  Of all the local trips in the city, 29% are made on foot and 7% on bicycle. To assist the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation in prioritizing this large group of NMT users, the study aims to understand the...


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07.11.2013

Key concerns and potentials identified at AdoptIUWM stakeholder workshops

The EC funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM) in Indian cities” (AdoptIUWM) project that was launched in early July this year, witnessed, during the months of September and October, the first set of stakeholder workshops being held in Kishangarh and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan); and Solapur (Maharashtra). The participation level was impressively high in all three cities, with a line-up of esteemed representatives from various...


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04.11.2013

Vulnerability assessment exercise at Shared Learning Dialogue in Nashik

Experts from ICLEI South Asia, GIZ, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), other relevant departments – MEDA, MSEDCL, local NGOs and representatives from the private sector took part in the 3rd Shared Learning Dialogue which was held in Nashik on 25th October 2013. The programme which was organized as the next step in the preparation of the Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP) was conducted in the form of a stakeholder dialogue...


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17.10.2013

HEAT+ Training in Indonesia: A tailor-made tool for managing emissions.

Designed especially for Indonesian cities and carried out by ICLEI South Asia, a two day training programme on Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool Plus (HEAT+) was held on 23-24 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  HEAT+ is ICLEI’s multilingual online emissions inventory tool which helps local governments account for GHG emissions, Common Air Pollutants (CAP) and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The accounting and database...


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16.10.2013

Learning on the ground: SUNYA cities visit Europe

It was not only on paper the exchange of best practices that the SUNYA cities had a chance to be part of: through the European Union funded project “SUNYA-Towards Zero Waste in South Asia”, the cities of Tansen and Hetauda in Nepal, Shimla in North India and Coimbatore in South India, Phuentsholing in Bhutan, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Matale in Sri Lanka went on a European study visit from 23 to 27 September 2013. The project cities, along...


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15.10.2013

Eleven Indian cities ready to contend for EHCC crown!

The eleven Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) Indian contenders are now finally selected: Pune, Panaji, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation), Bhubaneswar, Shimla, Ahmadabad, Cochin, Nagpur, Coimbatore, New Delhi and Kota confirmed their participation in the 2013 EHCC edition. The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI, designed to encourage cities to report their plans for low carbon development...


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09.10.2013

Integration of clean technologies in state policies to foster low carbon growth at the local level

Working for over two years with the States of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, ICLEI South Asia developed a series of urban climate guidelines that will help build low carbon cities in these and other Indian regions. The papers were developed  under “Integrating Urban Climate Guidelines through Clean Technologies (RE & EE) at the State and City level to build sustainable low carbon cities”, a project supported by the States of Rajasthan and...


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03.10.2013

Detailed action plans come out of interactive SUS international workshop

It was four days of intense talking and sharing for the cities and organizations partners of the Supporting Urban Sustainability (SUS) 2nd international workshop, which was organized by CEE, ICLEI South Asia and SWEDESD on 25-28th September in Delhi. The SUS programme, of which ICLEI South Asia is a partner, brings together stakeholders from different cities to engage in collaborative learning on urban development. Representatives from the...


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24.09.2013

Introduction to Earth Hour City Challenge webinars

Is your city planning to rise to the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)? Then you might want to join the webinars  organized by ICLEI on 25 September and 2 October, to find out all about it. Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. It also...


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18.09.2013

ICLEI South Asia contributes to Indonesian NAMA strategy

Smart Street Lighting (SSL) is the main focus of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) proposal that the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and GIZ Indonesia have submitted to the German NAMA facility, in the beginning of September, this year. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are a set of national government-prioritized actions aimed at reducing or limiting Green House Gas (GHG) emissions...


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12.09.2013

Singra and Mongla take first steps to become resilient cities

Resilience to climate change will now become a concrete possibility in the Bangladeshi cities of Singra and Mongla. The two municipalities are part of the second phase of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project, that is reaching out to 40 cities in Asia and will use the climate resilience toolkit developed by ICLEI to help them become more resilient. Singra and Mongla, together with Barisal in Bangladesh and Leh,...


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11.09.2013

How ready are Indian cities for non-motorized transport?

Twenty eight cities in India, spanning 19 states, participated in an assessment to review the strengths and gaps of local governments in terms of their policy, capacity, resources and awareness towards non-motorized transport (NMT) projects, as well as their willingness to implement non-motorized projects in their cities. This large scale, year long assessment, undertaken by ICLEI South Asia in partnership with Innovative Transport...


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10.09.2013

All India Environmental Journalism Competition - And the winner is...

As India moves on the path of rapid economic growth, environmental degradation is becoming severe. To walk on the path of sustainable development, awareness and knowledge about the state of the environment and sustainable solutions is the key. Media has a crucial role to play in this. Environmental reporting may contribute towards a sustainable future.  To acknowledge quality journalism, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale...


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06.09.2013

Urban LEDS Indian cities commit to ambitious low emission development plans

Available speeches on YouTube: Mr. Shyam Sunder Patil, Additional Commissioner, Thane. Click here. Ms. Rakshaben Boliya, Mayor, Rajkot. Click here.  Whether ‘model’ or ‘satellite’, the Indian cities who attended the first Urban LEDS national workshop, that took place in Delhi on 5 September 2013, had two things in common: a number of impressive results already achieved and the ambition and commitment to go even...


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05.09.2013

Introducing the Energy Conservation Building Code to Tamil Nadu local actors

ICLEI South Asia, along with the Anna University Centre for Human Settlements, organized an awareness workshop in Chennai on 22 August 2013 to introduce the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2007 to over 60 local actors, including 25 officials from municipal corporations, local planning authorities and departments of town and country planning, representing 13 different local governments. The workshop, a first step towards...


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04.09.2013

Cities meet and share on Urban Sustainability in Delhi on 25-28 September 2013

It is again stock-taking and experience sharing time for the cities involved in the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability (SUS)’ Programme, who will meet at the Second International Workshop organized by ICLEI South Asia along with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), with the support of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency...


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30.08.2013

Climate change risks and impacts identified in Nashik

A climate risks assessment and a prioritization of their impacts was the main focus of the First Stakeholder Consultation that took place in Nashik, on 31 July 2013, as part of the city’s Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP). Nashik Municipal Corporation is set to become a sustainable city, in line with the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat (NMSH). With the support of GIZ and ICLEI South Asia, the city is thus undertaking a...


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30.08.2013

Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries – UNITAR online course

Urban and transportation planners and decision-makers from local governments will have another tool at their disposal to tackle the issues of congestion, energy consumption, air pollution, and traffic crashes that so often characterize cities that have grown in a rapid, yet often unplanned and uncoordinated, way. The online course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, based on the material jointly developed by GIZ and UNITAR,...


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27.08.2013

SOLUTIONS calls out for cities to share sustainable urban transport knowledge

Focusing on facilitating knowledge exchange on innovative and green urban transport, the new European Commission funded project “SOLUTIONS” is calling for cities from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Mediterranean to take part. ICLEI South Asia is, together with the European Secretariat, one of the project partners. To achieve its aims, the project will bring together leading experts and city networks, which will aid local leaders in the...


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20.08.2013

Competition starts among Indian cities for title of EHCC Indian Capital

Shimla, Pune, Coimbatore, Cochin and Hyderabad are ready to contend among themselves the title of “Indian Earth Hour Capital” and aim to become the Global one. While Coimbatore, Cochin and Hyderabad participated also in the 2013 edition, Shimla and Pune are new additions to the list of Indian cities that joined the Earth Hour City Challenge, a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low...


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13.08.2013

European – South Asian exchange towards zero waste cities

Witnessing directly how other cities overcame similar challenges is one of the most efficient ways to learn about best practices and solutions to common problems – this is the idea behind the visit to Europe of the Asian project partners and cities of “SUNYA-Towards Zero Waste in South Asia”.   As part of the European Union funded project, on 22-28 September, the involved cities will travel, together with Municipal Association of Nepal...


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13.08.2013

ICLEI South Asia contributes to improving municipal SWM in India

ICLEI South Asia, in a role as national expert, is currently supporting the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in revising the existing CPHEEO (Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation) manual on municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM). The revision is part of GIZ Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Program and fits into the MoUD’s...


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13.08.2013

Green Pilgrimage Network more than doubles in size

During the second Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN) international meeting that took place in Trondheim (Norway) on 26-28 July, ICLEI members Matale (Sri Lanka) and Mexico City joined - together with other 14 pilgrim places - the original 12 founding members of the Network. The Indian cities of Rishikesh, Varanasi and Ujjain are among the new GPN members as well. The meeting brought together around 90 religious and secular leaders from China,...


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12.08.2013

GHG emission inventories lay the basis for low emission action plans in Rajkot and Thane

In their pioneering role as Urban LEDS (Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries) model project cities, Rajkot and Thane are currently preparing their GHG emission inventories for the years 2009 - 2013. Based on an analysis of completed and proposed climate mitigation actions, coupled with an identification of proposed local infrastructure projects, the two cities will develop an action plan that will...


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07.08.2013

Rockefeller Foundation Opens 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

Announced in May, the Challenge is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s $100 million commitment to building urban resilience in cities around the world. Over the next three years, the Foundation will select 100 cities to become a part of a 100 Resilient Cities Network, and provide them with access to the technical expertise and resources needed to create and implement resilience strategies on a city-wide scale.  “With 75 percent of...


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25.07.2013

Adaptation and urban infrastructures: reports now available!

Few months after these successful events, the reports of the 2013 Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions and of Resilient Cities 2013 are now available! 2013 Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions 8-12 April 2013 – Hannover, Germany Throughout the five-day metropolitan Solutions tradeshow, the ICLEI’s Global Town Hall® brought together city and business representatives to discuss innovative urban infrastructure solutions. In...


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18.07.2013

SUS project advancing sustainability on the ground

Supporting Urban Sustainability (SUS) cities are not wasting time in their efforts to become more sustainable and are busy carrying out the activities planned as part of the project.  Thimphu (Bhutan), has prepared maps and plans to protect the identified buffer zones - the SUS priority within the project - and has launched the “My Tree” programme, an awareness raising initiative involving schools, that foresees students planting trees...


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09.07.2013

Malé and Kaohsiung become sister cities

Malé City (Maldives) and Kaohsiung City (Chinese Taipei) signed a sister-city agreement focusing on sustainable development on 9 June 2013 during Kaohsiung’s official visit to Malé. The cooperation between the two cities started in November 2012 when a delegation of Malé representatives visited Kaohsiung. In that occasion, Ali Maniku, Mayor of ICLEI member city of Malé, had stated: “Malé City has a population of about 100,000 people; thus, we...


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02.07.2013

First steps taken on path towards greener pilgrimage cities

With a first visit of ICLEI South Asia staff to Rishikesh, Old Goa and Ujjain, the activities of the ‘Green Pilgrimage Network – Indian Chapter’ have now concrete started. Launched in Hyderabad in October 2012 by ICLEI South Asia and the Alliance of Religions & Conservation (ARC) with the support of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the initiative aims to help different faiths make their holy cities and sacred sites...


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02.07.2013

Solar City of Coimbatore to install solar concentrator on local school

Together with United Nations Development Program-GEF Concentrated Solar Heat Project and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), ICLEI South Asia organised the ‘Workshop on use of concentrating solar technologies for community cooking and air conditioning application in institutions and religious sectors’ in Coimbatore on 12 June 2013. India has plenty of success stories on solar concentrator technologies, with the world’s biggest...


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01.07.2013

Competition open for environmental journalists!

Awareness and knowledge about the state of the environment and sustainable solutions to the risks of environmental degradation are key to advance on the path of sustainable development. To recognise the role that media play in sensitising people and to acknowledge quality environmental journalism, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) and The Third Pole are...


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27.06.2013

Webinar on Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 on 10 July 2013

To better prepare cities compete in the Earth Hour City Challenge, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is offering two introduction to Earth Hour City Challenge webinars on 10 July 2013:  Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM IST - Book a seat for this session Time: 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM IST - Book a seat for this session After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about...


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21.06.2013

ICLEI welcomes new Deputy Secretary Generals

ICLEI is pleased to announce Emani Kumar, Executive Director of ICLEI’s South Asia Secretariat, and Monika Zimmermann, former Director of ICLEI’s Capacity Center,as the global organization’s new Deputy Secretary Generals.  Emani KumarKumar is ICLEI’s first Deputy Secretary General from an Asian developing country. Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in the areas of climate change policy and planning, local...


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19.06.2013

REN21 Global Status Report finally released!

With over 500 authors, contributors and reviewers, the REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is today the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends. “Renewables 2013: Global Status report” provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy development worldwide in 2012. The publication showcases an impressive increase in global...


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11.06.2013

South Asian cities and tools on stage at Resilient Cities 2013

South Asian countries, as many others in Asia, are particularly vulnerable to climate change – cities in this region are however not just waiting to react to future problems but, led by ICLEI South Asia, are taking pro-active measures to get ready to face the upcoming challenges brought by a changing climate. The wealth of tools, experiences and recommendations gathered so far and still under development was presented during the Resilient...


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06.06.2013

ICLEI’s toolkit helps more cities become resilient

Following the successful testing in three Indian cities of the ACCCRN toolkit, a climate resilience planning tool developed by ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI Oceania, six additional cities in South Asia embarked on the 12 months journey that will result in the development of a City Resilience Strategy to be incorporated into the city’s planning processes. Barisal, Singra and Mongla in Bangladesh, and Shillong, Leh and Panaji in India are...


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03.06.2013

South Asian cities prove their commitment to adaptation

It was not just listening, talking and networking at the Resilient Cities conference in Bonn, Germany, on 31 May - 2 June, for Mr Chammany (Mayor of Cochin, India), Mr Chauhan (Mayor of Shimla, India), Mr Hilmy (Mayor of Matale, Sri Lanka) and Mr Adhikari (Chief Executive Officer and Acting Mayor of Kathmandu, Nepal): the high-level South Asian representatives  showed their commitment to advancing sustainability by signing the...


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02.06.2013

Indian cities adapting to climate change on stage at Resilient Cities 2013

“Taking the right decisions under uncertainty: What do local governments need?” was the tagline of the session organised as part of the AsianCitiesAdapt (ACA) project at the Resilient Cities 2013 conference, that took place on 31 May - 2 June in Bonn, Germany. The session focused on how researchers and decision-makers can make up for the current gaps in knowledge and move forward with their adaptation processes.   Despite...


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28.05.2013

Maharashtra cities join Rajasthan ones in pioneering IUWM approach in India

Shortly after the State of Rajasthan announced the two cities (Jaisalmer and Kishangarh) that will take part in the “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities” (AdoptIUWM) project, the State Government of Maharashtra recommended the two municipalities, in the region, that will join them: Solapur and Icchalkaranji. The city of Solapur will likely be included in the list of cities that will prepare a City Development Plan...


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21.05.2013

Nashik, India, tackles climate change through SUHAP

On 17 May 2013, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) hosted the kickoff workshop that launched the Nashik Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP) project, proposed by GIZ (German International Cooperation), under the Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) program. ICLEI-South Asia is supporting GIZ-IGEP in providing technical assistance to NMC, other relevant departments within the city and the state of Maharashtra for the...


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20.05.2013

CfL Summit report helps cities prepare for COP 12 in Korea

Multi-stakeholder coordination, knowledge access and management, green growth, communication, community engagement and partnerships: these are the main issues that emerged from the Cities for Life: Cities and Subnational Biodiversity Summit, that took place in Hyderabad, India, on 15-16 October 2102 in parallel to the CBD COP 11, and that are examined in more detail in the Summit report that has just been released. The Cities for Life...


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10.05.2013

Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan to pioneer Indian approach to IUWM

Few months after the beginning of the European Union funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities” (AdoptIUWM) project, two of the four pilot cities have already been identified.  A meeting between ICLEI South Asia and the Principal Secretary of the Urban Development & Local Self Governance Department from the Government of Rajasthan led to the selection, in this state, of the cities of Jaisalmer and...


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09.05.2013

Cochin gets ready to become a Solar City

The city of Cochin, India, has teamed up with ICLEI South Asia and started its activities to become a Solar City, following the steps already taken by other Indian cities, such as Agra, Aizawl, Bhubaneswar, Chamoli Gopeshwar, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Imphal, Kalyan Dombivli, Howrah, Kohima, Nagpur, Rajkot and Thane. As part of its plan to develop 60 Solar Cities in India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) provides...


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03.05.2013

Call out to Indian cities: are you the next Global Earth Hour Capital 2014?

While the city of Delhi still basks in the recognition awarded by the WWF, who crowned them National Earth Hour Capital, other Indian cities can start preparing to take over the title next year, as the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 has officially been open! Delhi was one of the three Indian finalists of the 2013 edition (together with Cochin and Coimbatore), and competed in the challenge together with other 66 cities from Italy, US,...


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30.04.2013

Locally pressing issues identified by SUS cities

Following the various engagement workshops on Supporting Urban Sustainability that took place in each project city, the first international project workshop was organized on 26-29 April 2013 in Ahmedabad, India, by the Centre for Environmental Education (CEE), in cooperation with ICLEI South Asia and the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development at Gotland University (SWEDESD). The workshop was the first...


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26.04.2013

Ground water level in Guntur selected as focus of SUS training

The first Engagement Workshop for Supporting Urban Sustainability (SUS) took place in the city of Guntur on 15-16 April 2013, and was organized by ICLEI South Asia, in cooperation with the Guntur Municipal Corporation, Centre for Environmental Education (CEE) and the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development at Gotland University (SWEDESD). A group of relevant local stakeholders were invited to participate in the...


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25.04.2013

'Connecting the dots' on non-motorized transportation in India

   How ready or prepared are Indian city governance structures to implement and promote non-motorized transport? The website Connecting the dots, a project website on non-motorized transportation in Indian cities developed under the Ecomobility Readiness Assessment project supported by the Shakti Foundation aims to answer this question and more. The Ecomobility Readiness Assessment project assessed 28 cities around India to study...


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18.04.2013

Non Motorised Coimbatore on stage at Clean Energy Ministerial

The ‘Clean Energy Ministerial – Accelerating the Transition to Clean Energy Technology’, New Delhi, India, provided on 18 April 2013 the high-level stage for the launch of the Coimbatore NMT Assessment Study and Project. Co-funded by the Commissionerate of Municipal administration, the project will be carried out by ICLEI South Asia with I-Trans pvt. Ltd., and will look at the current status of non-motorised transport (NMT) in the City of...


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05.04.2013

Congratulations to New Delhi, National Earth Hour Capital!

On 19 March, at the Earth Hour City Conference in Malmö, Sweden, the winners of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) were finally been unveiled: while Vancouver was recognized as the Global Earth Hour Capital, New Delhi stood out among Cochin and Coimbatore and was crowned “National Earth Hour Capital”! A similar title was awarded to Forli (Italy), Oslo (Norway), San Francisco (USA) and Uppsala (Sweden). In New Delhi, the mandatory...


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04.04.2013

Indian cities to pilot Integrated Urban Water Management projects

Supported by the European Union (Delegation to India), “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities” (AdoptIUWM) is being implemented by ICLEI South Asia in 4 cities of Rajasthan and Maharashtra, in partnership with the ICLEI European Secretariat and the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities. The project is supported by the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI.  Project cities will test the implementation of...


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02.04.2013

Supporting Urban Sustainability workshops engage stakeholders in Rajshahi and Thimphu

As part of the Supporting Urban Sustainability Professional Development Programme, ICLEI South Asia, together with Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) and the Centre of Environment Education (CEE), organized the First Engagement Workshops in Thimphu, Bhutan, and in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, on 7-8 February 2013 and 14-15 February 2013 respectively. The SUS programme enables stakeholders in the city to...


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01.04.2013

Final Local Events present the results of the DReAMS project in Guntur, Thimphu and Rajshahi

With the EU funded Realising DReAMS project coming to a close, the partner cities of Guntur (India), Rajshahi (Bangladesh) and Thimphu (Bhutan) organized the Final Local Event in their cities to present to their citizens results achieved during the project, including the ecoBUDGET master budget and the Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS) developed in the past three years, highlighting the benefits of these tools for the...


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26.03.2013

ICLEI and GIZ study helps Panjim and Barisal cities to assess their vulnerabilities

According to a recent ICLEI – MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) survey conducted in 2011, the majority of local governments understand the need to undertake an urban vulnerability assessment to identify the areas, within their urban boundaries, that will be more likely affected by climate change. However, only 39% of the surveyed cities have started (or already finished) such a process. An urban vulnerability and risk assessment...


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12.03.2013

Thane and Rajkot commit to showcase low carbon development strategies

In the first weeks of March, the cities of Thane and Rajkot, India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ICLEI, officially signing on as model project cities for the European Commission funded project Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in the Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS). This project would enable project cities to further the implementation of their solar city master plans, in addition to linking...


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01.03.2013

Awareness raising initiatives on waste segregation in SUNYA project cities

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) hosted the second partner meeting of SUNYA-Towards Zero Waste in South Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-20 February 2013. The cities involved in the project (from Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) met with the partner organizations to take stock of the progress achieved so far and plan the next steps.  Most cities have formed local project coordination units, as well as started a series...


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13.02.2013

Partnership between UDD (government of Gujarat), ICLEI and CEE formalized at Vibrant Gujarat

During the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, that took place on 11-13th January 2013 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, India, ICLEI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Urban Development and Urban Housing, from the Government of Gujarat, together with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE). The objective of this MoU is to establish innovative partnerships between the parties, with the goal to develop, demonstrate and share...


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31.01.2013

Barisal quick to act upon its commitment to adaptation

(from left to right):  James Nxumalo, Durban mayor; Md. Shawkat Hossain, Barisal mayor ; David Cadman, ICLEI President After making a global commitment to climate adaptation action in November 2011, the old port town of Barisal, Bangladesh was quick to initiate adaptation activities. Barisal joined ICLEI in March 2012, and began implementing action in November 2012.   Barisal makes a...


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17.01.2013

EHCC: New Delhi, Kochi and Coimbatore are finalists

Seventeen cities from across the world made it to the final round of the Earth Hour City Challenge, a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to mobilize low carbon action in cities by engaging them in a climate- friendly competition. These seventeen were chosen out of 66 cities that participated from 6 countries: Canada, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. India was the first developing country to join this initiative....


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16.01.2013

Helping to develop Nashik's City Action Plan for Climate Change

GIZ- IGEP has proposed to prepare a City Action Plan for Climate Change (CAPCC) that addresses both issues of mitigation and adaptation for Nashik Municipal Corporation. ICLEI – South Asia will provide independent advisory services and technical assistance to Nashik Municipal Corporation as well as to other relevant departments within the city and state. Climate mitigation and adaptation will be addressed and the implementation of the...


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16.01.2013

Revising India’s manual on solid waste management

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, under their Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Program, is supporting the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India to revise the existing Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) manual on municipal SWM in order to better support political decision-makers, administrative staff, supervisors and service providers in...


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17.12.2012

Changwon at the Urban Mobility India conference in Delhi

The Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo is an annual event with an overarching theme which runs across all the aspects of ‘Smart Mobility’ and is hosted by the Institute of Urban Transport (India) under the aegis of Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD), Government of India. The genesis of UMI is from the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP), which lays a very strong emphasis on building capabilities...


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14.12.2012

Climate seminar: identifying cities' challenges to resilience

A joint seminar on Climate Resilient Action: Accelerating Urban Investments and Finance in India was held on 11 December 2012 in Coimbatore. The seminar was jointly organised by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), the Rockefeller Foundation and ICLEI in close collaboration with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation. The seminar aimed to identify the main urban services, infrastructure investment and financial challenges...


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14.12.2012

COP 18: Cities hold the key to Doha Climate Gateway

12 December 2012, Bonn, Germany:  The UN Climate Change Summit ended in Doha last Saturday after negotiators agreed to the Doha Climate Gateway - a deal that extends the Kyoto Protocol for eight more years, introduces new principles on compensation of loss and damage, and opens the path to a broader global climate action by drafting a new universal climate agreement by 2015.   ICLEI welcomes the Doha outcomes as modest steps...


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26.11.2012

How is climate change affecting urban India?

Under the AsianCitiesAdapt project, fragile urban systems were identified in Howrah on 29 September, in Madurai on 11 October and Visakhapatnam on 18 October. ICLEI South Asia representatives, accompanied by municipal corporation officials, met with residents of the community, to identify specific climate change impacts they were experiencing. Some of the issues brought up included rising temperatures, where most claimed this had...


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20.11.2012

Are Indian cities ready for non-motorised transport?

The Ecomobility Readiness Assessment project picked up steam during the past month, with the assessment tool being developed and presented to the project expert advisory team and being pilot tested in two cities. The tool - a simple, excel based questionnaire - intends to capture the readiness of cities to implement non-motorized transport projects by assessing them along 5 ‘E’s: engineering, enforcement, encouragement, education and...


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20.11.2012

Cities in Tamil Nadu to enforce energy efficient building code

ICLEI South Asia has just begun a new initiative to assess the capacity building needs of Tamil Nadu state cities to implement the national Energy Conservation Buildings Code (ECBC). The ECBC was launched by the Government of India under the Energy Conservation Act of 2001 and is applicable to all large commercial buildings. The ECBC is set to become mandatory in Tamil Nadu in 2012. Spanning the three largest Tamil Nadu cities of Chennai,...


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25.10.2012

Mayors of Tamil Nadu in Seoul for World Mayors Council

A delegation from the government of Tamil Nadu, the mayor of Thimphu, and the deputy mayor of Matale recently visited Seoul in the Republic of Korea to attend the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, as well as the official inauguration of the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat on 19 October 2012.  Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan spoke in a session that dealt with how to secure a sustainable energy future for East Asia’s...


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19.10.2012

'Cities for Life' puts biodiversity back on urban agenda

Cities for Life pictures: Day 1; Day 2Cities for Life: Presentations A resounding success, the Cities for Life Summit, held in parallel to the CBD COP 11 on 15 and 16 October in Hyderabad, India, brought together more than 500 participants, including about 150 city representatives from 45 countries, 60 city and sub-national leaders (governors, mayors, deputy mayors, and commissioners), as well as delegates from UN agencies,...


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19.10.2012

The Hyderabad Declaration: city leaders pledge for biodiversity

The Cities for Life Summit concluded with the Hyderabad Declaration, a pledge by the mayors and governors of local and sub-national authorities to develop and implement local strategies towards the Plan of Action on Sub national Governments, Cities and Local Authorities for Biodiversity; and to achieve the twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Declaration was presented during the High Level Segment Closing Plenary by an ICLEI...


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19.10.2012

LAB India programme launch: ten cities sign up

Ten cities, from India and the region, signed up for the Local Action for Biodiversity- India (LAB India) programme launched at the Cities for Life summit on 16 October. LAB India seeks to gear Indian cities towards the better conservation and management of biodiversity.   ICLEI South Asia, supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), developed a Local Action for Biodiversity – India (LAB India)...


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19.10.2012

The Hyderabad Biodiversity Index: a first for Indian cities

  The Hyderabad City Biodiversity Index, launched at the Cities for Life summit, makes Hyderabad the first Indian city to have assessed the level of biodiversity on the CBD-endorsed City Biodiversity Index  (CBI). Hyderabad has joined a group of 14 international cities to publish a CBI and has scored 36 of a possible 92 points, with Brussels achieving the highest score of 55. Chief minister of Hyderabad, Mr. Kiran Kumar...


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19.10.2012

ICLEI & the CBD sign MoU to cement long-standing bond

To cement a long history of working together, ICLEI and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed an MoU to compel both organizations to work towards mobilising local governments to take action on biodiversity.


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19.10.2012

Jayanthi Natarajan highlights city biodiversity summit

The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Ms. Jayanti Natarajan, in her welcome speech at the High Level Segment led by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, highlighted the crucial role cities play in biodiversity conservation and management, saying: It is estimated that half of India's population will also be living in cities by 2045 and I am therefore happy that a parallel summit on cities for Life has been held on the...


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14.10.2012

GHMC press conference ahead of city biodiversity summit

A press conference and curtain raiser for the city and subnational biodiversity summit Cities for Life on 15 and 16 October was held by the commissioner of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), M T Krishna Babu and the GHMC mayor, Mohammad Majid Hussain at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre two days before the summit, which is expected to draw over 400 participants from over 100 cities, representing every major...


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14.10.2012

ICLEI & ARC launch Indian Green Pilgrim Network

On the 7th day of the UN COP 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, eleven of India’s holy towns and cities came together to launch the India chapter of the international Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN).  The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability hosted the meeting, bringing together representatives of the Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist cities of Amritsar,...


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13.10.2012

Cities of the world band together for urban biodiversity

One day away, Cities for Life: a city and sub-national biodiversity summit being held parallel to the CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad, is gearing up to surpass the considerable success of the 2010 City Biodiversity Summit in Nagoya, Japan.   Over 400 participants are registered to attend the two-day Summit on 15 and 16 October 2012, including over 200 international participants.  A hundred cities will come in, from every major...


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24.09.2012

City biodiversity summit alongside CBD COP 11

As part of a global movement to bring nature back into cities, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are collaborating with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the Government of India to organize the Cities for Life: City and Subnational Biodiversity Summit on 15 and 16 October 2012. This summit will be held at the Hyderabad...


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24.09.2012

Launch of Green Pilgrimage Network: the India chapter

ICLEI South Asia and the Green Pilgrimage Network – a program developed by ARC and the World Wildlife Fund- have collaborated to launch the Indian chapter of the Green Pilgrimage Cities Network, aimed to help different faiths make their holy cities as environmentally sustainable as possible, based on their own beliefs and conviction. Eleven pilgrim cities and towns from across India and the world attended the workshop. Apart...


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24.09.2012

AsianCitiesAdapt meeting brings stakeholders on board

The Corporation of Cochin, ICLEI South Asia and IIT Delhi on August 14 joined in organizing a stakeholder meeting on AsianCitiesAdapt (ACA), a project -- funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety --  which seeks to develop local-level climate change adaptation strategies for four Indian cities: Kochi, Madurai, Howrah and Visakhapatnam. The meeting drew representatives from the...


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24.09.2012

ICLEI Asia supports BRTS initiative

ICLEI Asia, in collaboration with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Janamarg, CEPT University, the Centre of Excellence in Urban Transport and other partners, organised the first ever Asia Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS) conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 6-8 September 2012


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24.09.2012

Training in Delhi for SUNYA's local project coordinators

ICLEI South Asia hosted a four-day training workshop on sustainable solid waste management in Delhi, India from 28 August to 31 August for SUNYA local project coordinators.  Inaugurating the workshop, Farhad Suri, former mayor and present Leader of the Opposition of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, stated that rag pickers play an important role in the solid waste management of Delhi and urged smaller cities to look for possible...


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Stakeholder Workshop in Rajkot Launches CapaCITIES

A workshop was recently organised in Rajkot city of Gujarat to launch the Capacity Building Project on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES) Project. The project will be implemented in Rajkot, Udaipur, Siliguri and Coimbatore. Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), jointly with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the three other cities, has initiated the CapaCITIES project, being implemented by the Indian –...


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