08.11.2018

Cities discuss development of sustainable cities at the Green Cities Conference in Melaka

In our bid to enable peer-learning among cities and sub-national entities, ICLEI South Asia, as a technical partner, supported the Green Cities Conference in Melaka from the 1st to 3rd of October, 2018. The Conference hosted by the Melaka province in Malaysia, was supported by the Asian Development Bank and conducted by the Center for IMT-GT Cooperation and the Green Growth Foundation. ASEAN cities, technical partners and funders gathered at the...


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07.11.2018

The CapaCITIES Project Cities Participate in Local Renewables Conference 2018

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported CapaCITIES project, Siliguri, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Udaipur - project cities - participated in the Local Renewables Conference 2018 in Freiburg, Germany. A session dedicated to the project was organised in the conference which emphasised on discussing initiatives focussing on renewable energy and circular economy that have been implemented by the project cities. The cities...


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07.11.2018

Stakeholders Gather for the First Talanoa Dialogue in India

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) Government of India and ICLEI South Asia jointly organised the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogue workshop in New Delhi.The one-day workshop brought together stakeholders from governments, academia, international community, private sector and civil society with an aim to strengthen aspects of multi-level governance to enable accelerated and effective on-ground action aimed at...


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06.11.2018

The EcoLogistics - Low Caron Freight for Sustainable cities kicks off in India

The national kick-off workshop for the project “EcoLogistics - Low Caron Freight for Sustainable cities” was organised on the 31st of October in New Delhi. The project aims to prioritise strategies that will focus on promoting the transportation of goods with minimised impacts on air quality, noise, health, fatalities & injuries, traffic congestion and reduced GHG emissions. A first of its kind and a global initiative, the project will...


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19.10.2018

Workshop Discusses Gender Inclusive Framework under CDKN Programme

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) workshop was organised under the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) programme in London from the 9th-11th of October, 2018. The event brought together the four alliance partners of CDKN: ICLEI South Asia, Fundacion Futuro LatinoAmericano (FFLA), SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to discuss and agree on the initial design of the MEL Framework.CDKN is...


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15.10.2018

Partners training program on Decision Support Tool

A training program was conducted by Athena Infonomics on the 8th of October, 2018 in Chennai for IAdapt Project Partners on the Decision Support Tool (DST) being developed under the IDRC supported IAdapt project to facilitate and support local governments and catchment managers to make climate informed decision for sustainable water management.  The tool will be tested in the project cities to prioritise climate adaptive water management...


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09.10.2018

Exposure Visit for Solapur Officials to Nagpur Under the IAdapt Project

ICLEI – South Asia organised an exposure visit for the officials of Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC) to Nagpur city under the project on Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptations in Indian Cities (IAdapt) supported by IDRC, Canada. The project is being implemented in two cities - Solapur and Vijaywada and focusses on the principles of Integrated Urban Water Management and Integrated Water Resource Management not...


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01.10.2018

Solid- Waste Management (SWM) City Cluster Exposure Workshop at Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has engaged National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to conduct a series of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) solid waste management exposure workshops in the country. NIUA has further contracted ICLEI South Asia, Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) and India PPP Capacity Building Trust to conduct these training in Pimpri-Chinchwad (Maharashtra), Warrangal and Hyderabad (Telengana)....


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25.09.2018

Sensitisation Workshop on Environmental Conservation and Climate Change for Delhi Schools

With support from Department of Environment, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, a Sensitisation Workshop on Environmental Conservation and Climate Change was organised for students and teachers from over 100 schools in Delhi. The workshop aimed at making the students aware of the significance of biodiversity and natural resources and how climate change is impacting the same. The students and teachers also participated in a group...


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25.09.2018

First Project Steering Committee Meeting in Delhi

With support from Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity-Supporting Implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan project is being implemented in the cities of Kochi, Panaji and Mangalore. The project is supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and...


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24.09.2018

Siliguri Becomes the First City to Adopt Climate Resilient City Action Plan

 The Climate Resilient City Action Plan (CRCAP), developed for the city of Siliguri through Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, was deliberated upon in a stakeholder consultation on the 14th of September 2018. Following the same, the plan was tabled in the Member Mayor in Council Meeting, where it was accepted. The plan was then presented in the Board Meeting of SIliguri Municipal Corporation and...


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19.09.2018

ICLEI South Asia Provides Technical Assistance to Support Low Carbon Mobility Strategies in Delhi

ICLEI South Asia, with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, aims to provide technical support to Delhi and develop strategies for improving its mobility sector for a period of one year. The project team will focus to assist the city in improving and strengthening the existing public transport with a special focus on low carbon transport including buses, improving last mile connectivity and introduction of electric vehicles. ICLEI...


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18.09.2018

ICLEI South Asia Facilitates Technical Training and Exposure Visit to Innovative Solid Waste Treatment Processes in Germany

The GIZ Regional Urban Nexus project, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) offered an opportunity for introducing and building the capacities of the officials on innovative solid waste treatment process at Ringsheim, Germany. Officials from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, NITI Aayog and the State Government of Karnataka were part of the tour.The four-day training programme introduced...


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18.09.2018

Waste Management and Waste Segregation Activities Organised in Udaipur

As part of the CapaCITIES project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia organised a Jan Choupal (public meeting) in ward 1 of Udaipur city on the 2nd and 3rd of September. The initiative was part of the Information Education Communication (IEC) activities that have been done in both ward 1 and 41 to make people aware of waste management and waste segregation.As of now, at least 60% of the waste is...


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14.09.2018

Awareness Programme for Corporation School Students in Coimbatore

To create awareness among the school students, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation organised an awareness program at Corporation Girls Hr. Sec. School, R.S. Puram on the 6th of September 2018. The initiative was under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded CapaCITIES Sunya project with support from Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College. The aim of this programme, conducted by the MBA interns, was to sensitize the students...


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12.09.2018

ICLEI South Asia Member Cities Shine at Global Climate Action Summit 2018

 Rajkot city has been declared as the National Winner for WWF’s global One Planet City Challenge (OPCC), which is in partnership with ICLEI South Asia, for the second time in a row. The city was felicitated at the OPCC global award ceremony on the 12th of September during the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, United States. Along with Rajkot, 10 other cities from India participated in the 2017-2018 round of this global...


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11.09.2018

Working Group Meeting in Vishakapatnam, Ludhiana under Cities Shift Project

SHIFT Working Group meeting was organised in Visakhapatnam and Ludhiana under the, Hewlett Foundation and EcoMobility Alliance funded, Cities SHIFT: Capacity building and Networking for Sustainable Urban Mobility project. The SHIFT Working Group consists of stakeholders who are related to the mobility system of the city such as the urban planning department, transport department, public transport operator, and road safety unit. The meeting...


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10.09.2018

Stakeholder consultation meeting under PROMISE project in Warangal

A city level stakeholder consultation meeting, under the European Union funded PROMISE project, was organised with the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) officials in Warangal, Telangana on the 18th of September, 2018.  The objective of the meeting was to update the officials on the progress of the project, formulation of city core group committee for development and management of recreational/green spaces in the city and...


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30.08.2018

CDKN Partners Meet in Amsterdam to Kick off CDKN’s Next Phase

A team headed by Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia, attended the Climate and Development Knowledge Network’s (CDKN) project inception meeting for its next phase from 6th to 8th of August in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The meeting brought together the four alliance partners of CDKN: ICLEI South Asia, Fundacion Futuro LatinoAmericano (FFLA), SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The next phase of CDKN...


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29.08.2018

Kochi Takes Part in One Planet Cities Pedalathon

ICLEI South Asia along with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-India, with support from Kochi Municipal Corporation, organised a public event called ‘One Planet Cities Pedalathon’ on the 4th of August in Kochi. The objective of the event, under WWF funded One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) project, was to raise awareness and gather support from the citizens for adopting smarter and greener choices of commute.In the presence of various chairpersons...


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29.08.2018

Documenting Goa's Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge

As part of the ongoing project on development of People's Biodiversity Registers in 10 villages in Goa, supported by Goa State Biodiversity Board, the first round of meetings was conducted in all the villages. During the meeting, the Village Panchayat, members of Biodiversity Management Committee and other residents were explained in detail about the process of development of People's Biodiversity Register, role of BMC and Panchayat and role of...


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28.08.2018

Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Gangtok

ICLEI South Asia has recently initiated a project on mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into urban planning in the city of Gangtok. The project is supported by Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Situated in Eastern Himalayas - a global biodiversity hotspot, the city of Gangtok has been home to rich biodiversity, which is being lost due to rapid urbanisation. Through the project an assessment of the existing biodiversity and ecosystem...


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27.08.2018

New Project Solid Waste Management Exposure Workshop under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Phase III Begins

ICLEI South Asia has initiated a new project through National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) supported by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) which is about conducting Solid Waste Management Exposure workshops for the officials of 1600 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Phase III (2018 – 2019).Under this project, ICLEI South Asia will conduct Solid Waste Management Exposure workshops for the local...


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24.08.2018

Training Program on Solid Waste Management in Ajmer City

A training program was organised by ICLEI South Asia on Solid Waste Management under the Global Water Partnership funded project on “Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation in Ajmer” on the 28th of August.The program was chaired by City Sanitary Officer; Ajmer Municipal Corporation; Mr. Chandresh Sankhla, Councilor Ward-60, District Head for Cleanliness in Ajmer; Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary, India Water...


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21.08.2018

Coimbatore Witnesses First E-bin Initiative

Green Era Recyclers, along with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) and ICLEI South Asia, launched an e-bin initiative in Ward 22, Corporation Park, near BSNL Office under Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded CapaCITIES Sunya Project. The e-bin aims to collect electronic wastes which are being disposed with regular kitchen wastes. Dr.K. VijayaKarthikeyan, Corporation Commissioner, had visited the e-bin located site...


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20.08.2018

SDC and CapaCITIES team visit Kolkata

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, a round of meetings were held with officials in the State Government in Kolkata in order to apprise them about the work that is being carried out in the city of Siliguri through the project. In this regard, a delegation comprising of Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Counsellor and Head of Swiss Cooperation Office, India in the Embassy of Switzerland; Dr....


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18.08.2018

Review Meeting held at Udaipur under Shakti Smart Cities Project Phase II

ICLEI South Asia under the project Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport & Built Environment in four Smart Cities in India, funded by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, conducted project review meeting in Udaipur - one of the project cities.Meetings were held with the Mayor, Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC); Additional Chief Engineer, UMC; Executive Engineer, UMC; Deputy Town Planner Udaipur Smart City and Chief Construction Manager,...


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16.08.2018

ICLEI South Asia’s initiatives in Warangal city under PROMISE Project

On-ground activities under the European Union funded PROMISE project have been initiated in Warangal city, with a series of consultation meetings with the Mayor, Collector Warangal District, Commissioner Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) and other city officials.  These meetings were followed by primary surveys and focussed group discussions in Shivay Nagar - the study area which comprises of parts of ward 9, 18 and 19. The...


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14.08.2018

Visit of the SDC to Rajkot

Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Dr. Shirish Sinha and Mr. Andrin Fink from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) office in India, visited our partner city of Rajkot on the 13th & 14th of August, 2018 to inaugurate some of our projects and meet with the officials of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).Inauguration of the Groundwater Recharge Structure on Race Course RoadGround water availability in general is dwindling in Rajkot...


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02.08.2018

IIHS Team visits Siliguri to Study Climate Change Impact on Migration

As part of the study on the impact of climate change on migration, being carried out by Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), a visit to the city of Siliguri was undertaken by a team from IIHS. During the visit, the team carried out detailed interviews with some migrants who have varied professional background. These discussions were carried out in ward 24 with over 30 people. Focus group discussions with females from migrant...


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01.08.2018

Training on Urban Nexus Conducted under Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus

ICLEI South Asia, with the support from GIZ Urban Nexus and National Institute of Urban Affairs, organised a two-day Urban Nexus Training from the 31st of July to 1st of August in New Delhi. The training was conducted with the objective to use the framework of the New Urban Agenda to evolve a contextual and localised understanding of the importance of integrated resource (water, energy and food security) management and to identify potential...


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25.07.2018

Nagpur Municipal Corporation signs an MoU with ICLEI South Asia for implementation of the Urban-LEDS II Project

An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was signed on the 25th of July, 2018 for implementing Accelerating Climate Action Through the Promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies (Urban LEDS II) project supported by the European Commission. The project will be implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI South Asia. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of...


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25.07.2018

BLOG: 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.


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24.07.2018

People's Biodiversity Register Project Begins in Goa

With support from Goa State Biodiversity Board, ICLEI South Asia has initiated a new project on development of People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) in 10 villages in Goa. As a thematic support group, ICLEI South Asia will build the capacity and support the Biodiversity Management Committees in these villages to develop the People's Biodiversity Registers. A People's Biodiversity Register is a legal document that is recognised by the Government...


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23.07.2018

ICLEI South Asia Presents CapaCITIES Project at TIA Summit 2018

ICLEI South Asia participated at The India Advantage (TIA) Summit 2018 held on the 19th and 20th of July in Bengaluru. The Summit was a stimulating experience where global partnerships for innovation and the sustainable development of cities were explored. In a session called NGOs and Institutions, Mr. Ashish Rao Ghorpade, Deputy Director of ICLEI South Asia, spoke on CapaCITIES: The Pathway Towards City Climate Resilient Development, which is a...


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20.07.2018

Dehradun Students Encouraged to Adopt Eco-friendly Commute

ICLEI South Asia and World Wide Fund (WWF) India, with support from Nagar Nigam Dehradun, organised an interschool drawing competition on the theme “Sustainable Mobility for One Planet” in Dehradun on the 14th of July, 2018. The One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) project funded by the WWF, supported this activity. The program, conducted at Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, witnessed participation from 200 students from different schools. Mr. Vijay...


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19.07.2018

SUNYA Project Gets Appreciation in Coimbatore

The CapaCITIES SUNYA project is being implemented in wards 22 and 24 with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Coimbatore. With the support of Residential Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC), Bharathi Park Ladies Association (BPLA), Jawahar Nagar Ladies Association (JNLA) and Robert Bosch, the Information Education Communication (IEC) activities have been organised in these wards for the past five months in...


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16.07.2018

ICLEI South Asia Participates in Discussion on Waste Management in Mumbai, organised by Consulate General of Switzerland

On the occasion of "70 Years of Swiss Indian Friendship", a panel discussion on ‘Waste: A Problem or a Resource?’ was hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland and TARQ in Mumbai on the 13th of July, 2018.  Ms. Deepali Sinha Khetriwal, Managing Director, Sofies and Ms. Ritu Thakur, Manager, ICLEI South Asia shared their experiences while Mr. Andrin Fink, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) moderated the...


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16.07.2018

Workshop on WASH activities in Solapur’s Haglur Village

As part of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supported Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate based Adaptations in Indian cities (IAdapt) project, ICLEI South Asia conducted Training Programme on awareness and improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in various schools in rural areas of Ekrukh micro catchment in Solapur. Awareness activities with the school children included training on WASH best...


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14.07.2018

Solar Photovoltaic System Gets Inaugurated in Rajkot

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybhai Rupani, inaugurated a 145 kilo watt power (kWp) grid connected Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) System installed at the Aji Water Treatment Plant, on the 15th of July 2018, during the Smart City Expo in Rajkot. Hon’ble Mayor of Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Smt. Bina J. Acharya was also present at the event. This pilot project is funded by the CapaCITIES project, supported by the Swiss Agency for...


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13.07.2018

ICLEI South Asia Organises Shared Learning Dialogue in Kota Kinabalu

ICLEI South Asia is assisting Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to prepare a Kota Kinabalu Green City Action Plan with support from the Asian Development Bank. On 11th and 12th of July, 2018 ICLEI South Asia organised a Shared Learning Dialogue with the Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) and local stakeholders to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the city. The Shared Learning Dialogue was organised over two days and attended by officials from...


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08.07.2018

First Shared Learning Dialogue organised in Udaipur

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, a Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) was organised in Udaipur. The SLD aimed at identifying the vulnerable urban systems of the city and the impact that climate change will have on the same. Climate fragility statements thus developed were extensively discussed and risk assessment of the same was carried out. During further discussions, vulnerable...


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27.06.2018

ICLEI South Asia Supports AIIB's Infrastructure Plans in Asian Cities

ICLEI South Asia, along with ICLEI East Asia, is supporting the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in its infrastructure plans for Asian cities for which the 3rd Annual Meeting was organised in Mumbai from the 25th to 26th of June, 2018. The event was jointly organised by the Department of Economic Affairs under Union Finance Ministry, India and AIIB. The theme for this year’s meeting was ‘Mobilising Finance for Infrastructure:...


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23.06.2018

ICLEI South Asia participates in the global urban dialogue at ICLEI World Congress 2018

ICLEI South Asia participated in the ICLEI World Congress 2018 which was held in Montreal, Canada from the 19th to 22nd of June. The Congress brought together over 1,000 people and 120 political leaders from 177 cities and regions to discuss sustainable urban development. The South Asian delegation consisted of mayors from the cities of Thimpu in Bhutan, Nagpur and Rajahmundry in India as well as one of our board members Prof. A.K.Maitra....


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22.06.2018

ICLEI South Asia partners with CDKN in new initiative to match climate knowledge to developing country needs

ICLEI South Asia is one of the four supporting partners in Climate and Development Knowledge Network’s (CDKN) new phase that was launched on the 21st of June, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.  In this initiative, CDKN will focus on providing developing countries with enhanced knowledge resources to support ambitious climate action, as well as boost climate leadership and learning on climate compatible development. The event was...


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14.06.2018

Asia LEDS Partnership’s Community of Practice on Grid-scale Renewable Energy meets at the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018

The Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat, hosted by ICLEI South Asia in partnership with ICLEI South East Asia and ICLEI East Asia, is convening a Community of Practice on Grid-Scale Renewable Energy (GRE CoP). The GRE CoP is an interactive network comprised of governments, regulators, system operators and technical institutions addressing real-time policy, financing and technical challenges and solutions related to RE deployment. Country...


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14.06.2018

Operationalising E-rickshaw in Gwalior under Smart City Mission

ICLEI South Asia presented the action plan to operationalise e-rickshaw in Gwalior, under Smart City Mission of Government of India, to the Gwalior city officials such as Mr. Vinod Sharma, IAS, Commissioner of Gwalior Municipal Corporation (GMC), Mr. Mahip Tejasvi, CEO, Gwalior Smart City Development Corporation Limited (GSCDCL) and other officials.The action plan which includes proposed routes for e-rickshaw was approved by Mr. Sharma, who is...


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13.06.2018

Rajkot City Discusses Climate Resilient City Action Plan

Stakeholders in Rajkot convened on the 6th of June 2018 to discuss the Climate Resilient City Action Plan (CRCAP) 2018-2023 for Rajkot, prepared with assistance from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, implemented by ICLEI South Asia, South Pole Group, econcept and other partners. Rajkot Municipal Corporation officials, experts, policy makers, academic institutions and various stakeholders...


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11.06.2018

Solid Waste Quantification and Characterisation in Siliguri under CapaCITIES

On the occasion of World Environment Day the solid waste pilot “Sunya” initiative under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported CapaCITIES Project was launched in Ward 2 of Siliguri by the Hon’ble Mayor, in the presence of Deputy Mayor, Member Mayor in Council (Conservancy and Vehicles) and the Ward Councillor. The aim of this initiative is to ensure collection of household level segregated waste and treatment of the dry and...


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08.06.2018

Exposure Visit for Solapur Rural Core Team

An exposure visit was conducted by ICLEI South Asia for the administrative and elected representatives of TaleHipparga, Ekrukh and Haglur villages and the Agriculture Officer for Integrated Watershed Management Program from the District Collectorate in Solapur on the 6th of June, 2018. The visit was organised under the Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate based Adaptations in Indian cities (IAdapt) project which is funded by...


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08.06.2018

Coimbatore, Siliguri celebrate World Environment Day through CapaCITIES project

On the eve of World Environment Day, ICLEI South Asia organised a celebration program in Bharathi Park and Azad Road of wards 22 and 24 in Coimbatore. The event was held under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded CapaCITIES - Sunya project. The event was headed by Mr. S.V. Kumar, Assistant Commissioner, West Zone and Mr. R. Radhakrishnan, Zonal Sanitary Officer, West Zone. The participants were representatives from ICLEI...


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04.06.2018

Onsite demonstration for improving traffic conditions conducted in Ludhiana

ICLEI South Asia conducted an onsite demonstration for managing traffic problems at Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana under Shakti Smart Cities – Phase II funded by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. Before conducting the demonstrations, ICLEI South Asia, with support from Sandeep Gandhi Architects (SGA) and inputs from Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC), conducted a detailed study for six problematic junctions in the city. Mata Rani...


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01.06.2018

ICLEI South Asia team initiates the Urban LEDS II project in Bangladesh

ICLEI South Asia is implementing the Urban LEDS II project in India and Bangladesh, in partnership with UNHABITAT. Several cities in Bangladesh expressed their interest in implementing the project, which will be implemented over a 48 month period, starting April 2017. Meetings were held in the month of May with national government representatives and city Mayors and officials in Bangladesh, to finalise the project cities and initiate project...


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30.05.2018

Udaipur Mayor inaugurates AAQMS under CapaCITIES project

The Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (AAQMS) was inaugurated at the Sukhadiya Circle Location in Udaipur city on the 30th of May, 2018. The AAQMS was flagged off by Mr. Chandra Singh Kothari, Mayor of Udaipur; Mr. Keshar Singh Sisodiya, Ward Councilor; and Mr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the presence of ICLEI South Asia team. "This initiative has been taken to gauge air as...


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28.05.2018

ICLEI South Asia presents solutions to address water management in cities

Dr. Monalisa Sen, Program Coordinator, Biodiversity, ICLEI South Asia participated in a session focused on Smart Solutions for Wastewater Management in Liveable Cities at the Smart City Expo 2018 on the 24th of May in New Delhi. In her presentation she emphasized on the need for innovation both in the form of equipment and, hardware as well as innovation in the implementation process. She presented two case studies, based on the work that is...


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28.05.2018

ICLEI South Asia organises Session for City Leaders on Sustainable Transport for Smart Cities

ICLEI South Asia organised a City Leaders Round Table Meeting on Sustainable Urban Transport in Indian Smart Cities at the Smart City Expo 2018 in New Delhi from 23rd to 25th of May 2018.  City leaders from more than 10 cities which included Mr. Siddharth Sihag, Commissioner, Udaipur; Sanyam Aggarwal, Additional Commissioner, Ludhiana; Dr. Sonawane, CEO, Nagpur Smart City Development Ltd; Mr. Mahip Tejaswi, CEO, Gwalior Smart...


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25.05.2018

Pilot Implementation in Varanasi ward under Development of Holistic Waste Management Strategy

ICLEI South Asia, with support from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is developing a Holistic Waste Management Plan for Varanasi City, in consultation with several stakeholders. During initial meetings and discussions with Varanasi Nagar Nigam (VNN) and other stakeholders, it was decided to leverage this opportunity to implement and showcase sustainable waste management practices at a pilot scale in Ward 21 in the city. Ward 21...


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23.05.2018

Students attend Urban Biodiversity workshop on International Biodiversity Day

As part of the national outreach activities under the INTERACT: Bio project, supported by The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a workshop on Urban Biodiversity was organised in Delhi on the 22nd of May.  The event organised on International Biodiversity Day was held in collaboration with Department of Environment, Government of National...


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18.05.2018

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank organises a Workshop on Engagement with CSOs and NGOs

A stakeholder engagement meeting was organised by Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with cooperation from ICLEI South Asia on the 16th and 17th of May, 2018 in New Delhi and Mumbai.India is a founding member and the 2nd largest shareholder in AIIB, and also the host for its upcoming Annual Governors’ Meeting (AGM) to be held in Mumbai on the 25th and 26th of June, 2018. Therefore, this workshop was convened to reach out to the CSOs and...


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16.05.2018

SDC Deputy Head visits Siliguri

Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) visited the city of Siliguri in May 2018. During his trip, he had a detailed discussion with the Mayor of Siliguri on the work that is going on under SDC funded CapaCITIES project.  The discussion also focused on other development issues and initiatives being taken up by the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC). He also briefed the Mayor about activities...


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15.05.2018

BLOG: 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...


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11.05.2018

Workshop on ‘Moving towards Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Urban Mobility in Emerging Cities’

The Asia LEDS Secretariat, hosted by ICLEI South Asia and with support from the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation, facilitated the participation of national government representatives from Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India in the workshop on ‘Moving towards Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Urban Mobility in Emerging Cities’, in Singapore from the 7th to 9th of May 2018. The workshop was supported by ALP as part of ALP’s Transport Community...


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08.05.2018

ICLEI South Asia joins hands with WWF for public green awareness event in Panaji

ICLEI South Asia and WWF-India , in collaboration with the Corporation of The City of Panaji, organised the ‘One Planet Streets for All’ event in Panaji to reinforce the idea that everyone has a right to use roads, irrespective of their mode of transport- motorised or non-motorised. This event was conducted on the 6th of May, 2018 and was supported by WWF – India. The event focused on raising awareness about smarter and greener choices of...


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08.05.2018

Swiss expert visits Coimbatore for Landfill Site Planning

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded CapaCITIES Project, Mr. Stephan Textor from Textor Engineering Ltd. visited the city of Coimbatore from 30th of April to 5th of May, 2018. ICLEI South Asia team facilitated the expert visit to the city. The primary objectives of the visit were to: Conduct a status review of the project on movement of openly dumped waste at the landfill site in Coimbatore.Conduct a...


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07.05.2018

Solapur holds its first RURBAN SLD under IAdapt Project

The First RURBAN Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) in Solapur under the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded IAdapt project was conducted on the 15th of May, 2018. The meeting provided a platform for both rural and urban stakeholders to discuss common water related issues. The main objectives of the meeting were:  To introduce the project to the local stakeholders and explain the ideas and objectives behind the project.To...


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07.05.2018

GCoM launches regional chapter in South Asia to help build more climate resilient cities

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), an international coalition of city leaders committed to raising the global ambition for climate action, launched a regional chapter for South Asia on the 5th of May in New Delhi, India. The GCoM South Asia aims to support the efforts of cities in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their communities more...


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07.05.2018

CapaCITIES study on water resource augmentation showcased at Govt. of Gujarat’s Sujalam Suflam Jal Abhiyan conservation mission

The State Government of Gujarat launched India’s biggest state level water conservation mission Sujalam Suflam Jal Abhiyan on Gujarat Foundation Day, falling on 1st May, 2018. A total of 13,000 lakes will be deepened and 34 rivers will be rejuvenated as part of this mission. Rajkot city is developing a new lake at Race Course 2 in the Raiya area as part of the Smart City Mission. The construction of this lake, which will be constructed over 45...


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30.04.2018

ICLEI South Asia presents its IAdapt project at Resilient Cities 2018

Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia participated as a panelist at the Resilient Cities 2018 that was held from the 26th to 28th of April, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. The congress was organised by ICLEI World Secretariat. The focus of the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation was on the Talanoa Dialogue for climate ambition this year.Mr. Kumar presented on Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate based...


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24.04.2018

Study on impact of climate change on migration in Siliguri under CapaCITIES project

A study to understand the impact of climate change on migration has been initiated by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements in Siliguri. This initiative is also supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the results from the same will complement the ongoing work under the CapaCITIES project in the city. As part of this initiative four wards - 20, 24, 4 and 46 have been identified for detailed studies. Focus group...


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23.04.2018

First National Exchange Workshop in Karnal under PROMISE project highlights projects being implemented under National Schemes

A national exchange workshop was organised by ICLEI South Asia under its European Union funded PROMotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) project in Karnal on the 20th of April, 2018.  PROMISE project is being implemented in the cities of Karnal, Jabalpur, Ajmer and Warangal in association with the Administrative Staff College of India. The project aims at inclusive and...


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23.04.2018

Visit of landfill expert to Siliguri under CapaCITIES project

Mr. Stephan Textor from Textor Engineering, Switzerland carried out a visit to the city of Siliguri to understand the situation of the dumpsite in the city, and help the city in better management of the same. The six-day visit, under Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded CapaCITIES project, comprised of meetings with the mayor and other officials of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) and carrying out gas estimations at the...


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18.04.2018

Second Annual Partners Meeting for IAdapt project

The Second Annual Partners Meeting for the Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptation in Indian Cities (IAdapt) Project supported by International Development Research Centre, Canada was conducted on 16th and 17th of April at ICLEI South Asia’s office in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by representatives of the different project partners, including ICLEI South Asia, Athena Infonomics, IIT Madras, in person with...


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16.04.2018

CapaCITIES captures Siliguri’s imagination through its Sunya initiative

The city of Siliguri held an awareness rally wherein common citizens walked alongside the elected representatives and city officials to raise awareness regarding a “Clean and Green Siliguri” on the 15th of April. The activity was carried out on the occasion of Bengali New Year, which is the first day of the year as per the lunar calendar that is followed in many parts of India, including West Bengal. The participation of the citizens was...


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15.04.2018

Singra Municipality: A winning candidate of the first TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018

Singra Municipality of Bangladesh has been selected as a winning candidate of the first TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018.The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) enables leaders in developing countries and emerging economies to create sustainable urban mobility. It offers technical and financial support for innovative ideas. In TUMI the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has brought together...


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15.04.2018

Preparations for Kota Kinabalu Green City Action Plan begin

ICLEI South Asia has once again joined hands with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) to prepare a Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for the city of Kota Kinabalu. The team is following a multi-stakeholder consultative process and replicating or rather enhancing the Melaka’s experience. Kota Kinabalu will be the first city in Malaysia to have its own GCAP. However, Melaka, State of Malaysia,...


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13.04.2018

EcoLogistics project begins in three Indian cities to streamline urban freight movement

With the aim to streamline urban freight movement and to reduce emission from urban freight sector, ICLEI South Asia is starting the EcoLogistics project in three Indian Cities. The potential Indian cities for the project are - Kochi in Kerala, Panaji in Goa and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The project will focus on enhancing capacities, strategies and policies to promote low carbon urban freight through local action and national support....


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13.04.2018

Udaipur city promotes e-rickshaws on CapaCITIES project anniversary

A two-day e-rickshaw promotional program is organised by ICLEI South Asia, and being implemented jointly by Municipal Corporation of Udaipur (MCU) on the 13th and 14th of April, 2018. The event is organised on the occasion of the anniversary of CapaCITIES e-rickshaw project.  Last year, in a bid to transform the IPT fleet and demonstrate the benefits of e-rickshaws in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation...


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04.04.2018

Workshop on NBSAP- LBSAP

With support from the Kochi Municipal Corporation and the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development, a workshop on National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan and Local Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan development guidelines was organised under the INTERACT-Bio Project.  The workshop aimed to introduce the concepts of national, state and local biodiversity strategy action plans to the participants and highlight the need for the...


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30.03.2018

ICLEI South Asia participates in Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership Joint Forum

Mr. Ashish Rao Ghorpade, Deputy Director at ICLEI South Asia, represented the organisation at UNEP’s Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership Joint Forum 2018 which was held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 19th to 23rd of March, 2018 as part of the Clean Air Week.  The Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership aims to promote better air quality management in Asia Pacific and thereby reduce air pollution and associated health impacts including...


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29.03.2018

Understanding Nature’s Benefits in Kochi

As part of the Interact: Bio project, Dr. Julain Rode, technical expert from the project partner- UFZ (Helmontz Centre for Biodiversity) carried out a visit to the project model city- Kochi in the month of March. This visit comprised of discussions with the Mayor and other city administrators and subject matter specialists. Dr. Rode also conducted a workshop on Nature’s Benefits in Kochi. The workshop aimed at understanding how to identify...


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28.03.2018

BLOG: 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...


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17.03.2018

Swiss Ambassador attends 1st City Level Dialogue in Coimbatore

His Excellency Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, attended the 1st City Level Dialogue in Coimbatore as part of the CapaCITIES project on the 16th of March, 2018. The event was organised by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and ICLEI South Asia to discuss the climate resilient city action plan (CRCAP). It consisted of an inaugural session and two technical sessions. The speakers for the inaugural...


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15.03.2018

BLOG: 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.


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15.03.2018

Swiss Ambassador inaugurates AQMS, establishes biomethanation plant in Coimbatore

His Excellency Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan visited Coimbatore, as part of the CapaCITIES project, on the 15th of March, 2018. The CapaCITIES project is supporting various quick win projects in Coimbatore such as the establishment of four air quality monitoring stations at 4 places in the city. One of these, located at the Town Hall where a display board is projecting the air quality results from these 4...


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10.03.2018

Asia LEDS Partnership announces Community of Practice on Energy, Finance and Transport

The Asia LEDS Partnership has launched three Communities of Practice (CoPs) on energy, transport and finance. In 2018, each of the CoPs will focus on peer learning, expert assistance and knowledge exchange through discussions, workshops, seminars, case studies, and such like. The CoPs provide opportunity for sustained engagement among countries for learning and technical collaboration, and the opportunity for additional direct technical support...


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08.03.2018

Stakeholder Engagement Event on 'Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in Urbanising India'

A conference on 'Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in Urbanising India' was organised by Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) and ICLEI South Asia in New Delhi on the 6th of March, 2018. The stakeholder engagement event was to disseminate the insights on urbanisation in South Asia generated through the ESPA programme, which was funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Department for International...


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28.02.2018

BLOG: 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...


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26.02.2018

Community Bin Removal under Sunya Project

After the successful launch of CapaCITIES Sunya Project, the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) officials, stakeholders and ICLEI team conducted awareness campaigns on source segregation in wards 22 & 24. The ultimate aim to reduce the quantum of waste is going to compost yard. In order to achieve 100% source segregation and collection, the team decided to take up initially four streets in ward 22 and three streets in ward 24...


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20.02.2018

ICLEI South Asia conducts Focused Group Discussions in Ajmer and Jabalpur under PROMISE Project

ICLEI South Asia conducted focused group discussions with stakeholders in Ajmer and Jabalpur in the form of Shared Learning Dialogues (SLD). Various stakeholders, including the marginalised communities, were consulted to understand their issues and identify the acceptable solutions to make urban service (sewage and solid waste management) more comprehensive. In Ajmer these discussions were held with the Municipal officials, political...


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15.02.2018

Discussions on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at WUF9

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) was the first global event to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. ICLEI participated in the Forum very actively. ICLEI's delegation at the WUF9 included 30+ members and 17 staff participated in over 40 events that look at anything from sustainable and resilient city-region food systems to advancing climate resilient and low...


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14.02.2018

Swiss Transportation Experts visit Rajkot and Udaipur

Mr. Martin Buck and Mr. Nicolas Muhlich, Swiss experts, from SNZ Engineer, Switzerland, Planner AG with National team members from SGA Architects Pvt. Ltd, and Mr. Vijay Saini, Senior Project Officer from ICLEI South Asia visited Rajkot on the 5th and 6th of February, 2018.They conducted a pre-feasibility study of the last mile connectivity and electrification of the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor under CapaCITIES project which is...


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12.02.2018

ICLEI South Asia attends workshop to finalise operational roadmap for e-mobility in India

In response to growing concerns about air pollution, climate change and transport sector’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, many countries around the world have been trying for electrification of their transport fleet. India is also working in this direction. Given India’s energy targets – 175 GW of renewables, and climate targets; 40% of power plants powered by non-fossil fuels, the Government of India recently announced its electric...


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07.02.2018

Visit of IDRC to Solapur

Dr. Melanie Roberston from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) conducted a site visit to Solapur from the 4th to 5th February, 2018. Prior to the visit, a detailed discussion on the project progress was carried out in Delhi with the entire project team. Dr. Robertson visited the selected micro catchment in Solapur. Meetings with the local residents and government officials were conducted in the Ekrukh village and TaleHipparga...


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31.01.2018

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Visits Siliguri

Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation carried out a three day visit to Siliguri. They were accompanied by all partners of the CapaCITIES team. The delegation carried out detailed discussions with the officials of Siliguri Municipal Corporation, including Shri Asok Bhattacharya, Mayor; Shri Dilip Singh, Chairman; Shri Ram...


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25.01.2018

Technical Training Workshop on Vacuum Sewer under the Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), with the support from GIZ Urban Nexus and ICLEI South Asia, organised a two-day technical workshop on Vacuum Sewer on the 23rd and 24th of January, 2018 in Rajkot, Gujarat. The first day of the workshop was inaugurated by the Mayor Dr. Jaiman Upadhayay in the presence of the Deputy Mayor Dr. Darshita Shah, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Arun Mahesh Babu, IAS, and delegates from the Regional GIZ Nexus team in Bangkok...


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23.01.2018

Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation in Kishangarh finds success

ICLEI South Asia successfully completed a project on Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation in Kishangarh, Rajasthan. The project was funded by Global water partnership and was implemented by ICLEI South Asia in partnership with India water partnership. Various activities were conducted to build a systematic collection and disposal of municipal solid waste in the catchment areas of the main water body in the city....


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23.01.2018

BLOG: 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...


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19.01.2018

Developing Natural Asset Maps for Panaji and Kochi

Natural Asset Maps can be used as effective tools in the Natural Resource Management of a region. Natural assets are often referred to as ecological goods and services — the processes by which the environment produces resources that benefit society. By mapping the spectrum of natural resources of a city, decision makers and planners can make more integrated and holistic development decisions. The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature...


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17.01.2018

Support offered by ICLEI South Asia in Vishakhapatnam under Shakti Smart Cities Project- Phase II

ICLEI South Asia under the project “Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport & Built Environment in four Smart Cities in India” is assisting Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) by providing mobility solutions. ICLEI South Asia is working closely with the GVMC for various activities such as junction improvement, parking policy and promoting non-motorized transport in the beach area. With inputs from the GVMC, 10 problematic...


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10.01.2018

ICLEI South Asia starts on ground activities under PROMISE project in Jabalpur

As a part of our on ground activities, under the PROMISE project, ICLEI South Asia undertook sector specific surveys in the third project city - Jabalpur. The surveys were conducted to understand the views of the residents on sewerage sector in the selected ward. The surveys targeted the households which have been connected with the sewerage connection by the Municipal Corporation, households without sewerage connection and the commercial area....


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05.01.2018

BLOG: Lessons in sustainability from India's past: Water, water everywhere?

Agriculture has played a significant role in human evolution. As human beings evolved from hunting-gathering to farming, agricultural societies began to expand into lands used by hunter-gatherers. With agriculture came the first forms of government, food security and increased human-curated evolution.


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30.12.2017

SUNYA Project Launched in Coimbatore

The official launch of the SUNYA project was held on the 29th of December, 2017 at Bharathi Park Road 2nd Cross, ward 22 of West Zone, Coimbatore Corporation, by the Commissioner Dr. K. Vijayakarthikeyan IAS.To begin with, the Commissioner briefed the citizens of ward 22, local NGOs, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Officials, sanitary workers and stakeholders about the project. He requested the residents of the ward to segregate...


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29.12.2017

Initiation of Awareness Generation Activities for Sunya Project Implementation

With support from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Siliguri Municipal Corporation is implementing a project on Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES). ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia is the main implementation agency of the project. As part of this project, ICLEI South Asia in coordination with Siliguri Municipal Corporation has initiated a pilot...


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28.12.2017

Initiation of Ward Level Meetings for the SUNYA Initiative

As part of the Capacities project in Siliguri, SUNYA initiative is being undertaken in wards 2 and 17 in the city. Detailed ward level meetings were carried out in both these wards (ward 17 on 21st of December and ward 2 on 22nd of December. These meetings were attended by the solid waste management committees in both the wards, along with the local councillor, borough chairperson and borough officer. In the meeting Dr Monalisa Sen, City Coach,...


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28.12.2017

Quantification and Characterisation of Municipal Solid Waste conducted in Rajkot under the CapaCITIES project

In order to support the city in its larger objective of sustainable waste management, with focus on the reduction of GHG emissions from waste disposal, ICLEI South Asia, under the project Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development (CapaCITIES), supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) conducted quantification and characterisation of municipal solid waste generated in three zones of the...


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21.12.2017

Capacity Building workshop on ‘Financing Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in India’ held in New Delhi

The Global Infrastructure Basel, Switzerland, with support from the ICLEI South Asia, has convened a capacity building workshop ‘Financing Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in India’ on the 20th of December, 2017 at Development Alternatives, New Delhi. The workshop had addressed the two central questions: “How to make infrastructure more sustainable and resilient?” and “How can we accelerate the implementation and financing of these more...


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20.12.2017

BLOG: Sustainable development goals: a long way to go

The Resilient Cities Asia Pacific Congress (RCAP) and Asia LEDS Patnership Forum (ALP), 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.


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18.12.2017

Technical review of the pilot projects implemented under AdoptIUWM

An external review was conducted by professor V. Srinivas Chary, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development at Administrative Staff Collage of India, Hyderabad (ASCI), in Solapur and Ichalkranji (Maharashtra) and Kishangarh (Rajasthan) in December, 2017. During his visit, Dr. Chary interacted with various stakeholders in the city including officials of the local government, political...


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11.12.2017

Support offered by ICLEI South Asia in Udaipur and Ludhiana under Shakti Smart Cities - Phase II

ICLEI South Asia under the project “Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport & Built Environment in four Smart Cities in India” is assisting Udaipur Municipal Corporation in various activities like introducing a Public Bike Sharing scheme in the city, developing Smart Janpath road and intersection improvement of Kumharon ka Bhatta. Recently, ICLEI South Asia project team discussed the PBS details for Udaipur which included the approach for...


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10.12.2017

ICLEI South Asia starts on ground activities under PROMISE project

As a part of our on ground activities under the Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) project ICLEI South Asia has started undertaking sector specific surveys in two of the project cities - Karnal and Ajmer. The surveys are being conducted to capture the thoughts of various stakeholders and to understand their priority requirements. In order to promote sustainable development and...


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08.12.2017

RCAP 2017: Summary and Highlights

Day 1:ICLEI offices in the Asia and Pacific in partnership with Ministry of Planning and Investment, Government of Vietnam, Asia LEDS Partnership, and LEDS Global Partnership (GP) hosted the Resilient Cities Asia Pacific 2017 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with an aim to forge partnerships and the ultimate goal of identifying implementable solutions and creating lasting impacts for cities in the region.The first day of Resilient Cities Asia Pacific...


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07.12.2017

ALP 2017: Summary and Highlights

Day 1Inaugural SessionDr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General, Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Government of Vietnam started the day by presenting important questions that the forum can address. These questions delve on stakeholder mobilization, integration, monitoring, and technical support. He reminded every one that both LEDS GP and ALP are platforms for collaboration and...


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29.11.2017

ICLEI South Asia visits China for Sino-Indian collaboration on environmental technologies and industry exchange

ICLEI South Asia along with the representatives from the The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&LS), Paradigm Environmental Strategies Pvt. Ltd and Hon’ble Mayor of Gwalior City Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar visited China for Sino-Indian collaboration on environmental technologies and industry exchange between...


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23.11.2017

The District Energy in Cities Initiative in India moves to the next phase

ICLEI South Asia has been actively working with UN Environment and other public and private partners under the District Energy in Cities Initiative to undertake rapid assessments on district cooling in the five Indian cities of Bhopal, Coimbatore, Pune, Rajkot and Thane. The rapid assessments have been recently completed and will help national and local governments, policy makers, private sector and financiers to understand the potential of...


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22.11.2017

International and National transport experts visit CapaCITIES project cities

Mr. Nicolas Muhlich from SNZ Engineers and Planners AG visited Rajkot on the 17th and 18th November, 2017 to understand the existing public transportation infrastructure and on ground situation for a prefeasibility study of electrification of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor in Rajkot under the CapaCITIES project. A meeting was carried out with Mr. Jaiman Upadhyay, Mayor, RMC; Mr. Banchhanidhi Pani (IAS), Municipal Commissioner, RMC;...


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20.11.2017

Meeting held with the International and National transport experts

An introductory meeting was held at the ICLEI South Asia office in New Delhi on the 16th of November, 2017. Mr. Ashish Rao Ghorpade, Dr. Monalisa Sen and Ms. Bedoshruti Sadhukhan from ICLEI South Asia, Mr. Rohit Garg from the South Pole Group, Ms. Harshita Mehta from Sofies India, Mr. Nicholas Muehlich from SNZ Engineers and Consultants, Mr. Sanjay Gandhi from SG Architects along with a representative and Mr. Utpal Deka, were present. Dr....


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17.11.2017

BLOG: 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.


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14.11.2017

BLOG: Rising temperatures and social unrest

Quite often climate change and catastrophes relating to health, disasters are linked with it.


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13.11.2017

Session on NDC Implementation in Asia at Cities & Regions Pavilion, COP23 - Bonn

ICLEI South Asia, ICLEI South East Asia and ICLEI East Asia in their capacity as the Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat organised a session on 'NDC implementation in Asia' on the 11th of November, 2017 at Cities & Regions Pavilion, COP23 - Bonn.  Mr. Emani Kumar - Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI Global & Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia gave opening remarks. This was followed by presentations by Mr. Ron Benioff,...


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03.11.2017

UNEP supported Holistic Waste Management Strategy for Varanasi

United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) and ICLEI – South Asia signed a Small Scale Funding Agreement in September, 2017 with an objective of developing a holistic waste management strategy for the holy city of Varanasi. The project will identify relevant stakeholders involved in managing waste in the city and assess the baseline situation of the existing waste management practices and its impact on water and air pollution in the city. The...


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03.11.2017

Initial visit by consultant for conducting leak detection study in Zone 1 in Siliguri

Water leak detection study is being taken up in Zone 1 of the city of Siliguri, through CapaCITIES project. Zone 1 comprises of Ward numbers 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and part of 15 (Figure 1) and covers an area of 2.14 km2. The total length of the pipeline network in Zone 1 is 28.229 km, of which 25.406 km are asbestos cement (AC) pipes and 2.823 km are ductile iron (DI) pipes.A team comprising of an expert from Taisei Technical Services Private...


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02.11.2017

Source Segregation Initiated Successfully in Two Wards in Udaipur under the CapaCITIES Project

As a part of the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia along with other partners initiated source segregation of waste in two wards (Wards No. 1 and Ward No 41) in Udaipur city.In a bid to improve the existing municipal solid waste management practices in the city, Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) aims to introduce and institutionalise the process of collection and...


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01.11.2017

Melaka Chief Minister Visits ICLEI South Asia Office in Delhi

A high level delegation from the state of Melaka, Malayasia, headed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj. Haron paid a visit to the ICLEI South Asia Delhi office on the 31st of October, 2017. YB Datuk Ar. Hj. Ismail bin Hj. Othman, Melaka State Executive Councillor for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Ybhg. Datuk Zainal bin Hussin, Mayor of Melaka Historic City Council and YBhg. Datuk Hj. Kamarudin bin Md....


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31.10.2017

Stakeholder consultation in Kochi

Under the German funded INTERACT- Bio project in Kochi, a stakeholder consultation was organised by ICLEI South Asia, with support from Kochi Municipal Corporation on the 27th of October, 2017. In the inaugural session, the Honorable Mayor of Kochi, Ms. Soumini Jain expressed her pleasure at Kochi having been selected as the model city for this project, from among all Indian cities. She emphasised on the need and criticality of the project for...


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30.10.2017

Communicating biodiversity conservation with schools in Kochi

As part of the INTERACT Bio project, an initiative has been commenced from October 2017, which is aimed at communicating biodiversity conservation with the school children of Kochi. Ten schools in Kochi have been selected for this initiative. A set of activities (presentation on global biodiversity hotspots and significance of biodiversity, quiz competition, inter-school drawing and bio-craft competitions and development of school biodiversity...


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30.10.2017

First City Level Dialogue in Rajkot as part of CapaCITIES Project

A workshop on ‘First City Level Dialogue in Rajkot as part of Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India’ (CapaCITIES) was recently organised on the 6th of October in Rajkot city of Gujarat. The aim was to create an awareness on low carbon and climate resilient city development, provide an opportunity to know existing urbanisation challenges and its solution, and to capture and exchange knowledge under Swiss...


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27.10.2017

BLOG: Let us remember that life cycle and water cycle are one

By Tikender PanwarThe 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...


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26.10.2017

Capacity Building on Climate Resilient Development for Government Officials in Chennai

ICLEI South Asia organised a training programme for senior officials of Greater Chennai Corporation and parastatal bodies in Chennai on climate change and urban resilience to build their capacity to assess climate change threats and address them in the city.   The two-day workshop, held on 24th and 25th of October, focused on introduction to the basics of climate change, causes and impacts, the concepts of mitigation and adaptation,...


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26.10.2017

ICLEI South Asia forms Core Group Committees in three cities under the PROMISE project

ICLEI South Asia formed core group committees in three out of the four project cities under the project “Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments” (PROMISE). The core group committees have been formed in Karnal (19th of July), Ajmer (26th of September) and Jabalpur (17th of August) with an objective to monitor and guide the project activities in the city, facilitate interdepartmental coordination...


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25.10.2017

ICLEI South Asia assists Udaipur & Ludhiana to tackle Urban Mobility issues

ICLEI South Asia under the project “Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport & Built Environment in four Smart Cities in India” is assisting Udaipur Municipal Corporation in building visually compelling streets between Rangniwas Chowk to Jagdish Chowk.This is being carried out on pilot basis by making the parking areas and streets more attractive by painting the street surfaces, temple wall and a dead tree at Hemraj Akhara in a colour...


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19.10.2017

The Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat participates in deliberations on Sri Lanka’s Nationally Determined Contribution

The Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat was invited to participate and contribute to the ‘NDC Dialogue’ organised by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Government of Sri Lanka in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the ALP on the 16th of October, 2017 in conjunction with the “Sri Lanka NEXT: A Blue Green Era” Programme conference held from the 16th to...


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12.10.2017

Household Survey and Water Quality Analysis in Singanallur Tank Catchment Area at Coimbatore

Under the CapaCITIES Project, supported by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), an assessment is being made for the water quality and possibility of cleaning up the lakes within the city that are currently polluted due to the release of waste water from neighbouring areas. For this, a detailed assessment is being made for one lake – the Singanallur Tank in the city of Coimbatore.A household level survey for 10% of the...


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10.10.2017

BLOG: Where are we headed this Diwali

By Tikender PanwarI 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. When only 10 days are left for the festival, the air pollution in the city has...


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09.10.2017

Kick-Starting of Investment Grade Energy Audits on Two RMC Buildings in Rajkot under Building Efficiency Accelerator Project

SE4ALL Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) assists sub-national governments to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in their jurisdictions to reduce energy costs, create new market opportunities and reduce pollution. ICLEI South Asia is one of the key partners in the SE4ALL Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) in South Asia region. ICLEI South Asia Rajkot office is the BEA Local Lead Partner organisation and will assist the City in...


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09.10.2017

Preparation of the nomination dossier of Majuli River Island as a World Heritage Site

Majuli Island is a district located mid-stream in the Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam. Separated from the mainland by 2.5 km the island of Majuli today houses a total of 243 small and large villages. Majuli was recently declared as Assam’s first biodiversity Heritage site and first carbon neutral district. Majuli has remained the cultural capital of Assamese civilisation since the 16th century when, the social reformer Sankardeva, who...


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05.10.2017

Udaipur shares its Low Carbon Strategies at Climate Change and City Transformation Forum

Mr. Chandra Singh Kothari – Udaipur mayor - presented the various ongoing low carbon initiatives in Udaipur city at the 2017 Climate Change and City Transformation Forum on the 29th and 30th of September, 2017. The event was organised in collaboration between the New Taipei City Government and ICLEI South Asia. The Forum was guided by the theme “Climate Change and City Transformation” that focuses on the action items in order to achieve the...


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03.10.2017

Kick-off meeting - Energy interventions in Kochi as part of their Smart City Plan

A kick-off meeting was organised on the 28th of September, 2017 at the Grand Hotel in Kochi for the project entitled “Energy interventions in Kochi as part of their Smart City Plan”. The meeting was chaired by the mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation and was attended by a diverse set of stakeholders including Kochi Municipal Corporation, state government departments, local commerce and businesses, resident welfare associations, local NGOs etc....


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29.09.2017

Civil Society and Government representatives applaud the second series of India’s independent GHG Emission Estimates

The GHG Platform India launched its second series of independent estimates and analysis of India’s GHG emissions, covering the period 2005-2013, at an event held on the 28th of September, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The estimates launched include national-level GHG emissions as well as emissions for the states in India across key sectors such as energy, waste, industry, agriculture, livestock, forestry and land-use and land-use...


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26.09.2017

Akshay Urja Website Launch in Rajkot by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

With an aim to make Rajkot a smart and sustainable city, the Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani launched Akshay Urja Rajkot/Rajkot SMART Energy Lab website on the 22nd of September, 2017. The SMART Energy Lab is developed in partnership with ICLEI South Asia under the project Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA).  Akshay Urja Rajkot/SMART Energy Lab is a Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) initiative seeking to link policy...


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25.09.2017

BLOG: Ghazipur, a reminder of the state in which we are

By Tikender Panwar If this picture (below) 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...


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24.09.2017

ICLEI South Asia Gets Awarded for its IUWM Project

ICLEI South Asia has been awarded the third prize at the World Water Challenge 2017 for 'Integrated Urban Water Management: Tradition to Solution for Cities' (IUWM) project, which is supported by the European Union, for its 'outstanding solution'. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Korea launched a 'World Water Challenge 2017' which is the contest for creative solutions about the water problems that the world faced. It...


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21.09.2017

BLOG: Cities and Resilience Strategies

By Tikender Panwar 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. I...


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20.09.2017

Peri-Urban Ecosystems for Enhancing Urban Resilience

The two-day conference ‘Peri-Urban Ecosystems for Enhancing Urban Resilience’ was held on the 18th and 19th of September in New Delhi.The event witnessed some key remarks from speakers such as Dr. Shiraz A. Wajih - President, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Mr. Emani Kumar – Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director ICLEI South Asia, Prof. Chetan Vaidya – Director, School of Planning and Architechture, Delhi, Ashvin...


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15.09.2017

ICLEI South Asia Organises in the Green Cities Conference

The two-day conference on Green Cities – ‘Leveraging Regional Cooperation & Integration for a Green Growth Cities Network in Asean’ was held in Melaka, Malaysia on the 5th and 6th of September, 2017. The event, organised by ICLEI and Asian Development Bank (ADB), focused on sharing experiences from the development and implementation of Green City Action Plans, and on the need for ensuring green growth and sustainable development in the ASEAN...


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15.09.2017

ICLEI South Asia at UEA Summit 2017

ICLEI South Asia participated in the Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Melaka Summit 2017 held during 6th to 9th of September in Melaka, Malaysia. UEA is an international collaborative organisation working to develop the Urban Environmental Evaluation Index together with UNEP, and apply it to cities worldwide. Mr. Emani Kumar - Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia – in his keynote address, highlighted the ever...


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11.09.2017

Meet Sita Verma, Executive Officer - Vijaynagar Municipal Board, Ajmer

You recently got awarded for the work done in Vijaynagar city in Ajmer. Please tell us about the challenges and the work done in that city. Vijaynagar is an important city located on the boundaries of Ajmer and the Bhilwara district. It has got importance due to the presence of cotton and thread weaving industries. The city was facing multiple problems like no proper solid waste management, no segregation of the waste, littering of the waste...


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11.09.2017

Micro-catchment delineation and socio-environmental assessment in Solapur and Vijayawada catchments

Under the International Development and Research Centre, Canada supported IAdapt Project, ICLEI South Asia along with its consortium partners, has delineated the micro-catchments in the catchment areas of Solapur and Vijayawada city.These micro-catchments will be assessed to select the one in each city, where the project activities will be carried out. Micro-catchment delineation was carried out considering topography, water resource maps and...


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04.09.2017

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) preparing Green building policy for Rajkot city under BEA

The first draft of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) green building policy guidelines for Rajkot city as part of “Building Efficiency Accelerator” partnership has been completed and is shared with key RMC officials including the Commissioner and all Deputy Municipal Commissioners for their inputs and feedback. The Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Shri. Banchhanidhi Pani made a press statement regarding the same and announced that after being...


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04.09.2017

ICLEI South Asia signs MoU with Ludhiana under Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport and Built Environment in Four Indian Smart Cities

ICLEI South Asia has signed the Memorandam of Understanding (MoU) with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in the city of Ludhiana under the project ‘Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport and Built Environment in Four Indian Smart Cities’. The project aims to deliver city scale action plans under transport and built environment for four smart cities. The primary intended outcome of the project is to build capacity of city level authorities...


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31.08.2017

Amaravati's infrastructure development under The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) Scheme

Amaravati, known for the Amaralingeswara Swamy temple, Mahachaitya Stupa and Dharanikota Fort, was facing severe infrastructural challenges.Today, Amaravati is getting transformed due to infrastructure development under The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) Scheme of Ministry of Urban Development that started in 2015. The focus of the scheme is on holistic development of heritage cities. Under the scheme, around...


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29.08.2017

Pune City's Selection as Solar City Under 'Development of Solar City' Program

Pune City has been selected as Solar City under the program ‘Development of Solar City’ by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2016. ICLEI South Asia has been selected as the consultant for the preparation of Solar City Master Plan for Pune city. As per MNRE’s guidelines, first stakeholder was conducted on the 19th of August, 2017 in which various stakeholders have participated. The list includes representatives from Pune municipal...


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29.08.2017

Training Program on Solid Waste Management in Kishangarh City

A training program was conducted on door to door segregated waste collection and management under the Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation project on 11th August in Kishangarh Municipal Council. The training was headed by sanitary chief officer Kishangarh municipal council and was attended by Municipal officials, sanitary workers and municipal contactors working under door to door waste collection program in the...


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27.08.2017

Increasing Efficiency in Water Supply in Siliguri

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, two acoustic water leak detection machines have been procured and handed over to Siliguri Municipal Corporation. The machines were handed over to the Corporation by ICLEI South Asia on the 8th of August 2017. These acoustic water leak detection machines will help reduce the wastage of water from the leaks by pinpointing the leak in the water supply...


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26.08.2017

Council of Kochi Municipal Corporation resolves to work with ICLEI South Asia for implementation of INTERACT- Bio project

INTERACT-Bio is a four-year project designed to improve the utilisation and management of nature within fast-growing cities. It aims to provide expanding urban communities in the Global South with nature-based solutions and associated long-term benefits. The project is funded by German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety through the International Climate Initiative and being implemented in...


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24.08.2017

Result oriented Monitoring for PROMISE project

An independent review of the on-going PROMISE project “Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments”, supported by the European Union, was conducted recently. The purpose of the review was to engage with the community in the pilot ward, and understand the issues faced by various stakeholders. It involved meetings and discussions with stakeholders such as Municipal officials, project implementation...


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11.08.2017

Awareness Building Rally in Mongla

An awareness building rally and meeting was conducted in Mongla city on the 9th of August as part of a project being implemented with support from the Rockefeller Foundation through the Small Grants Programme that was administered by ICLEI South Asia. The project is being implemented by the city as one of the resilience building initiatives identified by the city using the ICLEI ACCCRN Process. The ACCCRN Project helped prepare City Resilience...


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11.08.2017

All Project Cities Visit Panjim to Learn Key Principles of Sustainable Waste Management under the CapaCITIES Project

One of the key objectives of the CapaCITIES project is to facilitate cross-city learning, within the project partner cities and with other cities nationally and internationally. All four partner cities (Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur) have indicated that solid waste management is a priority sector; in the short term, each of the cities have indicated that they are planning to improve all aspects of solid waste management in the city,...


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10.08.2017

ICLEI South Asia participates in the 1st International Green Cities Forum in Thailand

ICLEI South Asia participated in the first International Green Cities Forum in Thailand between 7th and 9th of August. ICLEI South Asia is preparing a sustainable urban development framework for the IMT-GT Region. As the ALP Secretariat, ICLEI South Asia also conducted a session on the Benefits of the ALP to members of the IMT-GT region. Significant interest was evinced in the partnership cities like Banda Aceh, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Penang state,...


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10.08.2017

Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation

Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation project funded by Global Water Partnership (GWP) is being implemented in partnership with India Water Partnership (IWP) and with the support of Kishangarh Municipal Council in ward number 13 and 18 of Kishangrh city. The aim of this pilot project is to improve the catchment of the Hamir Sagar pond and Gundolav pond. Activities under pilot project on door to door segregated waste...


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08.08.2017

Pedestrianisation Plan carried out for Udaipur’s Walled City

ICLEI South Asia, under the project Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment, supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, carried out a pilot experimentation of the Pedestrianisation Plan in the Walled city area in Udaipur.The walled city, which not so long ago was reeling under the glory of its rich past, is now facing the harsh realities of crumbling infrastructure and serious traffic and transport problems. The inner city...


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07.08.2017

Second Instalment of the Climate Action Plan Workshop for CapaCITIES Project - Coimbatore

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia will develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the city of Coimbatore, with interventions to build urban resilience in the city and address both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. As part of the series of consultative workshops to formulate the City Climate Action Plan, the second Climate Action Plan Workshop for...


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04.08.2017

Meet Nikhil Kulkarni, a Sustainability Champion at ICLEI South Asia

In conversation with Nikhil Kularni, Senior Project Officer at ICLEI South Asia based in Thane, who shares his journey with the organization and the experience he has gained. Edited excerpts:Tell us a little bit about your journey at ICLEI and how you have been able to put into practice your knowledge and skills. I joined ICLEI – South Asia in July 2013. In addition to a long-term project on Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian...


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04.08.2017

Meet Mrs. Renu Bala Gupta, Mayor of Karnal, India

In conversation with ICLEI South Asia, Renu Bala Gupta, Mayor of Karnal, India shares how Karnal will make the transition to a smart city and the steps the city is taking to improve its traffic management. What are the challenges that Karnal presently faces with regards to mobility? Karnal’s city centre is also the business district and is the area with the most amount of traffic. Roads leading to the business centre are usually jam-packed....


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03.08.2017

Udaipur Commences Segregation at Source under CapaCITIES project

As a part of the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia along with other partners initiated source segregation of waste in two wards (Wards No. 1 and Ward No 41) in Udaipur city. In a bid to improve the existing municipal solid waste management practices in the city, Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) aims to introduce and institutionalize the process of collection and...


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01.08.2017

Seventh Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus

More than 150 local and international participants representing six National Governments gathered at the Seventh Regional Workshop on ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus,’ held during the 19th to 21st of July in Tanjungpinang City, Indonesia, to review and discuss their experiences in project implementation over the past year (2016-17). The workshop was organized by the city government of Tanjungpinang in partnership...


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31.07.2017

Supporting Kochi's Smart City Plan

ICLEI South Asia has had a longstanding relationship with Kochi Municipal Corporation having worked on projects dealing with energy planning, climate adaptation, and sustainable transport. World Resources Institute (WRI) India, is, as part of an ongoing project with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL), providing technical support for the implementation of Kochi’s Smart City Plan. In order to assess the synergies amongst different plans...


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21.07.2017

Expert Visits made to Rajkot City under the CapaCITIES Project

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a team from ICLEI South Asia along with Ms. Simone Buetzer, Division Manager, Hunziker Betatech made various site visits in Rajkot between the 17th and 19th of July. At Raiya Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) they met with Mr. M.H. Ghoniya, In-Charge City Engineer, Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC); Mr. Chetan Mori, Deputy Executive Engineer, RMC; and...


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21.07.2017

Climate Action Plan Workshop in Siliguri

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by Swiss Development Corporation, ICLEI South Asia will develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the city of Siliguri, with interventions aimed at building urban resilience and address both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. The first Climate Action Plan Workshop for the same was conducted in Siliguri on 14th July, 2017. This workshop was a Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) with the Stakeholder...


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20.07.2017

First Instalment of the Climate Action Plan Workshop for CapaCITIES Project - Rajkot

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, ICLEI South Asia will develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the city of Rajkot, with interventions to build urban resilience in the city and address both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. The first Climate Action Plan Workshop for CapaCITIES Project was conducted in Rajkot on July 17, 2017. This Workshop was a Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD)...


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10.07.2017

Meet Dr. Jaiman Upadhyay, Mayor of Rajkot, India

Dr. Jaiman Upadhyay was elected as Mayor of Rajkot City in 2015 and is medical doctor by profession. He has also served Rajkot Municipal Corporation as Standing Committee Chairman in year 2012 and 2013. Under Dr. Upadhyay’s leadership, Rajkot City has been widely regarded as the best-run city in the State of Gujarat and has received many awards. Here, he talks to us about the green initiatives taken up and the efforts being made to transition to...


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07.07.2017

Meet Nagendran Nagarajan, a Sustainability Champion at ICLEI South Asia

In conversation with Nagendran Nagarajan, Project Officer at ICLEI South Asia based in Coimbatore, who shares his journey with the organization as a GIS Expert. Edited excerpts: ICLEI has carried out many projects with the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation over the years. What are the projects that you have been involved in and how has the journey been beneficial for you? I have been involved in a number of projects connected with the...


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07.07.2017

ICLEI Africa Technical Team Visit Delhi and Kochi

As part of the activities under the ongoing INTERACT- Bio project, a two experts from the ICLEI Africa Secretariat- Dr. Ingrid Coetzee and Dr. Ernita Van Wyk made a week-long visit to India in the first week of July. Detailed discussions on the project work plan, activities and deliverables were carried out with the ICLEI South Asia team. During the joint discussion, the experts were also appraised about the issues pertaining to biodiversity...


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06.07.2017

Multi-level Governance and the NDCs in Asia: Accelerating subnational implementation and raising national ambitions

Asia LEDS Partnership in collaboration with the LEDS GP Sub-national Integration (SNI) Working Group (WG)and with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a workshop on ‘Multi-level Governance and the NDCs in Asia: Accelerating subnational implementation and raising national ambitions’ in Bangkok, Thailand on 23rd June 2017. Teams of sub-national and national officials from four ALP countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan,...


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29.06.2017

Expert Visit on Solid Waste Management to Coimbatore

Under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported project CapaCITIES, ICLEI South Asia facilitated the visits of two solid waste management experts. Mr. Raphael Fasko, from Rytec AG and Mr. Stephan Textor from Textor Engineering Ltd visited the city between June 12 and 16, 2017. As part of the visit, ICLEI South Asia organized The Strategy Workshop for Solid Waste Management for Coimbatore with the solid waste officials of CCMC on...


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23.06.2017

Supporting Karnal Municipal Corporation under the PROMISE project

ICLEI South Asia, under the project “Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments” supported by the European Union recently conducted a rapid assessment of the existing status of the Mobility sector in the city. The assessment was based on the analysis done by the ICLEI South Asia team supported with the information collected from the Municipal Corporation and other city agencies. The assessment...


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19.06.2017

City Visits Initiated and Support Garnered under INTERACT-Bio

Initiating project activities in the selected cities, visits to the cities of Kochi and Mangaluru were undertaken. A visit was also carried out to Trivandrum for a discussion with the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. In Kochi, project discussions were carried out with Mrs. Soumini Jain, Mayor, Kochi Municipal Corporation; Mrs. Shiny Mathews, Chairperson, Standing Committee- Town Planning; Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Centre for Heritage, Environment...


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12.06.2017

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2017

The 12th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA) was held in Manila, Philippines, from the 5th to 8th June 2017. The forum witnessed interactions and discussions among more than 1,500 professionals from across the technology, finance, and policy communities working in clean energy. There were 21 deep dive...


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09.06.2017

Closure Reports for the project 'Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment in Indian Cities'

Implemented during period of October 2015 to January 2017, the Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment in Indian Cities project aimed at providing handholding support to two Indian states (Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh) through technical advisory and capacity building. Its focus was to engage with state level officials in two states and with targeted authorities in cities on urban transport and building regulations. This technical...


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01.06.2017

Rapid IUWM: Rapid Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation

Scaling up initiatives implemented under the AdoptIUWM project in Kishangarh city, ICLEI South Asia initiated the Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation Project. The project is supported by Global Water Partnership (GWP) in association with India Water Partnership (IWP) and aims to strengthen the Integrated Urban Water Management Approach in the city focussing on cleaner catchments and local water security.The project will...


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26.05.2017

Meet Mr. Anwar Ali, Mayor of Kushtia city, Bangladesh

“We recognize that it is the poor who are the most impacted by climate change and would like to partner with ICLEI South Asia to enhance our capacity as well as tap into available funds that can help provide a safer and more secure future for our citizens.” In conversation with ICLEI South Asia, Anwar Ali, Mayor of Kushtia, Bangladesh, shares how the city has begun to improve the lives of its most vulnerable citizens to the impacts of flooding...


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26.05.2017

Lessons in sustainability from India's past: Revisiting the ecological roots of sustainability

In this era of globalization, we seem to have left behind the solutions that worked many centuries ago. Through a series of blogs, Rithika Fernandes, makes an effort to revisit the patterns and practices that are now lost in our quest for "development" and "technological advancement". Learn how the concept of sustainability came about in this edition and keep following for more!


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18.05.2017

Parking Management Plan piloted for Ashwini Bazaar, Udaipur

ICLEI South Asia, under the project Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment, financed by Shakti Energy foundation, carried out a pilot experimentation of the parking management plan along Ashwani Bazaar road in Udaipur. The plan was prepared after discussions with city stakeholders such as officials from the Corporation, Traffic Police and representatives from Ashwini Bazaar Market Association (ABMA). Ashwini Bazaar Road is a...


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16.05.2017

ICLEI South Asia at the Smart Cities India Expo 2017

Recognizing smart cities as an important platform to drive progressive change, the 3rd Smart Cities India Expo was held from the 10th to the 12th of May, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The three day event facilitated discussions around the challenges and solutions related to the sectors of buildings, solar energy, transport, smart cities and water. ICLEI South Asia participated across several parallel sessions on all three days...


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12.05.2017

Ongoing Consultations to develop Green Building Policy Guidelines under BEA

The development of green building policy guidelines for Rajkot city under the "Building Efficiency Accelerator" partnership is progressing well. The initial draft of the guidelines was discussed with the concerned stakeholders during a workshop in Rajkot in March 2017. Since then, the team has been conducting one on one consultations with various experts and stakeholders in the field of building development within the region. In this...


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11.05.2017

Global NDC Conference 2017 held in Berlin

The Global NDC Conference 2017 was held in Berlin, Germany from the 2nd-6th of May 2017. The theme for 2017 was on integrated governance, finance and transparency for delivering climate goals. Jointly organized by the LEDS GP, the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), and the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme, in collaboration with the NDC Partnership, the Conference advanced the...


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10.05.2017

Inviting EOI under CapaCITIES for Climate Exposure Analysis

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia is the implementing agency for the Capacity Building Project on Low Carbon and Climate Resilience City Development in India (CapaCITIES). CapaCITIES is a multi-year cooperation project between Switzerland and four Indian cities aiming at strengthening the capacities of city authorities to plan and implement measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and to cope with the effects of a...


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10.05.2017

ICLEI South Asia conducts City GHG Emission Inventory Training in Malaysia

ICLEI South Asia conducted a training session on the preparation of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories on May 3, 2017, in Melaka, Malaysia, at the launch event of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot in Malaysia, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Melaka Sustainable Cities Conference 2017 on May 3, 2017 was held to launch the Sustainable City...


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10.05.2017

Meet Anandhan Subramaniyam: a sustainability champion at ICLEI South Asia

In a conversation, Anandhan Subramaiyam, senior project officer at ICLEI South Asia, shares his perspective on his journey and the organisation's initiatives in energy sector. Edited excerpts: Please tell us about your journey in the organisation, the projects you have been associated with and the skills that have helped you pave your path. I am associated with ICLEI South Asia for more than four years now. It has been an enriching experience...


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10.05.2017

Workshops held in Kushtia, Bangladesh under ACCCRN small grants programme

Two workshops were held in April 2017, in Kushtia Municipality of Bangladesh, under ACCCRN’s Engagement Building Small Gants Fund. The initiative in Kushtia is dedicated to “Construction of RCC Drain & Supporting Road to Save and Improve the Life Standard of the People at Gorai Ashroyan Phase-2”. Earlier this year, two cities in Bangladesh had received Engagement Building Grants provided by the Rockefeller Foundation and facilitated by ICLEI...


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10.05.2017

ICLEI South Asia signs MoU with 3 cities under the PROMISE project

ICLEI South Asia has signed the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the local governments in the city of Karnal, Warangal and Jabalpur under the project “Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE to strengthen Local Governments). The project aims to build and improve the capacities at the local level in order to support the local authorities. The proposed PROMISE tool under the project...


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10.05.2017

Implementation partners meet to begin activities on integrated rural urban water management

To initiate the implementation of the Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptations in Indian Cities (IAdapt), supported by International Development Research Centre, Canada, a partners’ meet was held at IIT Madras, Chennai. This two-day meeting was attended by all project partners - ICLEI South Asia, Athena Infonomics, IWMI and IIT Madras. Partners presented learnings from earlier work that they have done, which can be...


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10.05.2017

Model and satellite cities identified for INTERACT- Bio

The model and satellite project cities in India for the INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity project – funded by BMUB – have been identified. Also, in a series of meetings held last month, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has also extended its full support to the initiative that aims at fostering synergies between climate protection and biodiversity by conserving and restoring ecosystems essential...


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10.05.2017

ICLEI ACCCRN Process used to develop resilience strategies for Ramgad Watershed

The ICLEI ACCCRN Process, which was developed by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation - particularly for local governments, has now been used by the Kumaon University, Nainital to develop the resilience strategy in the Ramgad watershed area near Nainital. The toolkit that has successfully been used for 40 cities in South and South East Asia has been used at the watershed level successfully...


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08.05.2017

ICLEI South Asia represents BEA at 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York

Over 1,000 high-level representatives from different governments, businesses, civil societies and international organisations gathered in New York City, from April 3-5, 2017 for the 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum – its theme “Going Further, Faster – Together.” The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) was well-represented at the event: Nine BEA cities and 18 BEA partner organisations were present, totaling nearly 50 people. ICLEI South...


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08.05.2017

Interview: Mayor of Gangtok Shakti Singh Choudhary on how Gangtok is treating waste as treasure

In conversation with ICLEI South Asia, Shakti Singh Choudhary, Mayor of Gangtok, Sikkim, shares how the hill city is capitalising on the waste that is generated and what the challenges involved are. Edited excerpts: What are the measures that the city has adopted to manage waste? The city has a huge vegetable market that generates lot of waste left-over waste every day. Gangtok now has a decentralised system to process waste rather than...


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10.04.2017

GoI officials visit HRIDAY sites in Amaravati, give recommendations on development

The senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India, recently visited the ancient town of Amaravati to assess the progress of projects being implemented under Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana, also known as HRIDAY Scheme of the Government of India. Located along the Krishna River in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati is one of the twelve pilot cities selected under the HRIDAY Scheme,...


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10.04.2017

Supporting sustainable urban transport and built environment in 4 Indian Smart cities

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia, in association with partners Sandeep Gandhi Architects, worked with and supported four Indian smart cities -- Udaipur, Kakinada, Vizag and Jaipur - during 2015-16 through an initiative supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. A new phase has been initiated for taking forward the engagements with the city and state governments and continuing technical support as the cities...


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10.04.2017

Asia LEDS Partnership: LEDS GP supports country assistance to Bangladesh on green growth strategy

An in-country assistance programme was recently carried out in Bangladesh with collaboration between Programming Division of Bangladesh Planning Commission and LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP). Under this programme, Mr. Thomas Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), USA, visited Bangladesh from 19-23 March, 2017, as a climate expert. The broad objective of the visit was “to identify gaps and...


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07.04.2017

ICLEI South Asia offers consultancy to future solar city Pune

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has appointed ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia as a consultant for implementation of “Development of Solar Cities” programme. The programme has been launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, with an aim to achieve at least 10 percent reduction in projected demand of conventional energy in five years’ time frame by 2022. The desired reduction will be...


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07.04.2017

Rajkot takes forward discussions on Building Energy Efficiency in city

A workshop was recently organised in Rajkot city of Gujarat to discuss the 18-month plan for building energy efficiency under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) project, funded by UNEP-GEF and in partnership with World Resources Institute. Rajkot is a deep dive partner for this project, with ICLEI South Asia as a technical consultant to lead Rajkot’s building energy efficiency through reforms in local building bylaws, identification and...


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06.04.2017

ICLEI participates in Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The fourth session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017), organised by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, was held from 29-31 March 2017, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. APFSD 2017 focused on ‘eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific’. The Forum also discussed means to strengthen implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the Asia-Pacific region. At...


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06.04.2017

Review Forum for the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development

ICLEI South Asia recently participated at the Review Forum of Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development of the UNESCO, held in Ottawa, Canada. The Review Forum was organised from 6-8 March, 2017 within the framework of the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education, back‐to‐back with the Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The events at the Forum emphasized the...


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06.04.2017

Urban Nexus: Mongolian delegates visit Nagpur for knowledge exchange

In a peer-to-peer learning event recently organised in Nagpur under “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” project, delegates from Mongolia – along with the Regional GIZ Urban Nexus team – visited the city to know more about its developments and pioneering initiatives. The project is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and financed by the German Federal Ministry of...


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05.04.2017

Lessons in sustainability from India's past

In this era of globalization, we seem to have left behind the solutions that worked many centuries ago. Through a series of blogs, Rithika Fernandes from ICLEI South Asia makes an effort to revisit the patterns and practices that are now lost in our quest for "development" and "technological advancement". Here is the introductory post.


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05.04.2017

Spotlight on Siliguri - Interview with Mr Sonam W Bhutia (WBCS-Exe), Commissioner, Siliguri Municipal Corporation

Siliguri is a city in the foothills of Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the country. In this conversation, Mr Sonam W Bhutia, Commissioner (WBCS-Exe), Siliguri Municipal Corporation talks about the city’s challenges and efforts towards sustainability. Edited excerpts: What is the idea of sustainability for Siliguri? How does the city plan to be a climate resilient, sustainable city in the future?The second largest city in West Bengal is...


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28.03.2017

ICLEI South Asia marks milestone closure for AdoptIUWM in four Indian cities, launches Toolkit to help more cities in integrated urban water management

ICLEI South Asia recently conducted the closure workshop to mark successful implementation of European Union (EU) funded AdoptIUWM project implemented in four cities of India – Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan, and Ichalkaranji and Solapur in Maharashtra, in partnership with ICLEI European Secretariat and Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG). Held on March 22, 2017 at Le Meridian, New Delhi, the workshop aimed at...


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10.03.2017

PROMISE team meets in Warangal to identify sector of engagement and initiate next steps

ICLEI South Asia, with partner Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), recently conducted a two-day visit to Warangal, Telangana to meet city officials of Warangal Municipal Corporation and Collectorate and identify a priority sector of engagement PROMotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) project in the city. Supported by European Commission, the project includes four cities, each of...


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09.03.2017

CapaCITIES: Udaipur set to promote e-rickshaws through pilot project

In absence of a robust public transport system in the Udaipur, intermediate public transport (IPT) caters to the need for mobility of citizens. IPT in Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan, India, consists of auto rickshaws running on diesel engines, which leads to high emissions and vehicular pollution. Vehicular pollution increases risks for various respiratory diseases and other health risks, which is a major public health concern across India’s...


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09.03.2017

INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability has initiated a project on mainstreaming biodiversity across city-regions in India, Brazil and Tanzania. The INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity: Supporting implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) through the mainstreaming of biodiversity objectives across City-Regions project is supported through the International Climate Initiative 2016 of...


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09.03.2017

AdoptIUWM: European Union team visits project cities in Rajasthan

A team from European Union recently visited the project cities of Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities (AdoptIUWM) project that is being implemented by ICLEI South Asia, in partnership with ICLEI European Secretariat and Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG). The project is being implemented in two cities of Rajasthan (Jaisalmer & Kishangarh) and two cities of Maharashtra (Solapur & Ichalkaranji)...


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07.03.2017

Workshop in Thailand marks closure of ACCCRN Project

After more than four years of action in four Asian countries, the Rockefeller Foundation supported Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) initiative of translating and scaling up the ICLEI ACCCRN Process came to a closure through a conference held in Bangkok, Thailand from Feb 28 – March 1, 2017. The workshop was organised jointly by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and ICLEI Oceania in...


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07.03.2017

Ms. Sonali Malik, one of the youngest staff members at ICLEI South Asia

A project officer at ICLEI South Asia, Ms. Malik believes that her work with cities in the area of sustainability has left a mark in her personal life too. “Working in the field of sustainability has made me more aware and conscious towards my lifestyle. Most of my actions and decisions now also consider the probable impacts on the environment, along with other factors such as convenience, feasibility and affordability,” she says. Tell us...


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02.03.2017

Meet Mrs. Sushila Abute, Former Mayor of Solapur

Mrs. Abute has been actively involved in city’s quest for better management of water resources. Her efforts are a reason behind the success of AdoptIUWM project in the Maharashtrian city. “For a city facing immense challenges like pollution, water conflicts and transportation losses, it was crucial to stand together and overcome all the challenges that came in its way,” says the former Mayor.What are the main challenges for Solapur on water...


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14.02.2017

Urban Resilience and Informality: Problem Statements and Solution Baskets

With support from Misereor, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia undertook a project on climate resilience in the informal settlements in four cities of three countries (two in India, one each in the Philippines and Indonesia). The project methodology comprised of a mix of research work to understand the present situation and develop the problem statements, and innovative thinking to develop solutions baskets, along with...


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10.02.2017

Waste and industrial emissions: A Roundtable Discussion under GHG Platform – India

Experts from Waste and Industrial Sectors gathered together to discuss on the waste and industrial emission estimates, in a roundtable discussion held on February 3, 2017 for the next phase of GHG Platform India. Held in Kolkata, the event was attended by over 30 participants from government and non-government organisations, educational institutes, industrial associations, and private organisations such as Central Statistical Office of Ministry...


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08.02.2017

Asia LEDS Partnership releases new publications, gets new Steering Committee

The Asia LEDS Partnership has released a set of case studies and issue briefs in January 2017. These resource materials have been prepared after a few months of research and a few interviews with the resource persons. The Partnership is one of the three regional platforms of the LEDS Global Partnership and is funded by USAID LEAD Program.The case studies that have just been released include: NABARD Framework for Financing Mitigation Actions...


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08.02.2017

Rithika Fernandes: Sustainability champion at ICLEI South Asia

Rithika Fernandes is a Project Officer at ICLEI South Asia where she works with the sustainability team. Her passion for bringing sustainability to lives is not restricted to her profession. She believes in taking that to her own life too and is an inspiration for many at the workplace. Here are edited excerpts from a conversation with her How would you briefly describe your so far journey with ICLEI?My journey with ICLEI South Asia, although a...


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08.02.2017

Engagement Building Grants released for Bangladesh; cities begin work on urban drainage and roads

Two cities in Bangladesh have received Engagement Building Grants to kick start their initiatives. With the help of the funds, the Mongla Port Municipality and Kushtia Municipality in Bangladesh will implement a pilot based on the City Resilience Strategy that has been developed under the ACCCRN project. Both the cities that have received their first tranche and are all set to begin their work targeted on improvement of drainage in pilot...


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08.02.2017

ICLEI South Asia assesses climate impact on new capital city Amaravati

ICLEI South Asia has undertaken a short-term assessment of the impacts of climate change on the development of the new Capital City Amaravati for Andhra Pradesh, India. The new capital city that lies between Vijayawada and Guntur cities on the upstream of Prakasam Barrage on river Krishna was proposed following the bifurcation of the state in February 2014. The city, with current area of 217.23 sq.km and a population of 97,960, is spread over 25...


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07.02.2017

Smart City Mission: Jaipur's journey led by integration and innovation

Sandesh Nayak, IAS, is the Chief Executive Officer of Jaipur Smart City Limited that is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) created under the Smart City Mission, as directed by the Government of India. In this conversation with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia, he talks about the Pink City’s plans for the Smart City programme and the challenges that lie on the road ahead. Edited excerpts: What are Jaipur’s focus areas to make...


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06.02.2017

Asia LEDS Partnership activities aimed at supporting members in different ways

The Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat, hosted by ICLEI South Asia and other ICLEI offices in the region, is in its second year of operation. Efforts are afoot to enhance the membership by not only reaching out to country and provincial members but also to other partners in the region. In a move aimed at the same, the Secretariat representatives recently concluded a series of meetings with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Cities...


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02.02.2017

Recognition for AdoptIUWM city on India’s Republic Day

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia has recently been recognised for its efforts in integrated urban water management in Rajasthan.On January 26, 2017, Sub Divisional Magistrate Kishangarh and Chairman of Kishangarh Municipal Council awarded Rahul Rathi (Senior Project Officer, ICLEI South Asia) for successful implementation of door-to-door collection of waste in two wards, under European Commission funded Adopt IUWM Project....


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24.01.2017

Stakeholders come together at ICLEI South Asia event to share experiences and challenges under Smart City Mission

A knowledge sharing round table on Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport and Built Environment in Indian Smart Cities was held on January 17, 2017, at India Habitat Centre, in New Delhi. The roundtable (on invitation only) was attended by about 30 participants, including a range of stakeholders – architects, planners, consultants, government stakeholders, and individuals involved in smart city projects. The discussion focussed on the...


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16.01.2017

Development of Sustainable Urban Development Framework (SUDF) for IMT-GT Region

ICLEI South Asia, with support from the Centre for IMT-GT Cooperation (CIMT), is developing a Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Framework for the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) region. The IMT-GT is a sub-regional cooperation initiative by the Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, to accelerate economic transformation in the region. The SUD Framework is envisaged as an enabling framework to support...


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16.01.2017

Meet Kavita Khatri - Mayor of Jaisalmer city

Jaisalmer is a tourist city in the desert state of Rajasthan in India and faces scarcity of water. Through AdoptIUWM project, ICLEI South Asia – along with the city government – has been trying to revive and conserve traditional ponds and rain water harvesting structures and to manage waste that has been held responsible for localised flooding in the city in the past. Here are edited excerpts from conversation with Kavita Khatri, Mayor of...


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16.01.2017

Efforts to bring resilience to urban informalities in Asia conclude

With support from Misereor, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia undertook a project on climate resilience in the informal settlements in four cities of three countries (two in India, one each in the Philippines and Indonesia). The project methodology comprised of a mix of research work to understand the present situation and develop the problem statements, and innovative thinking to develop solutions baskets, along with pilot...


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16.01.2017

Bangladesh cities learn more about ICLEI ACCCRN Process as tool to strengthen urban resilience

The “First National Annual Conference on Urban Resilience” was organised by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB), and Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), Bangladesh, in Dhaka from December 17-19, 2016.The Conference highlighted the sustainable urban development goals and ways to make cities resilient. At the conference, participants from national and...


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16.01.2017

ACCCRN: 20 City Resilience Strategies developed for cities in India and Bangladesh

City resilience strategies have been developed for 20 cities in India and Bangladesh using the ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP) under the ACCCRN – Translation and Scaling Up Project supported by Rockefeller Foundation. In India, the CRS has been prepared for the cities of Dharamshala, Mandi, Dehradun, Nainital, Keylong, Shillong, Gangtok, Kurseong, Siliguri, Patna, Nashik, Panaji, and Kochi. For Bangladesh, the cities are: Barisal, Singra, Mongla,...


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12.01.2017

Meet Ankit Makvana, a sustainability champion and project officer at ICLEI South Asia

Mr Ankit Makwana is a project city officer with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, based in Gujarat. In a candid conversation, Mr Makwana talks about the challenges he has faced in implementation of pilot projects with the city and how the journey with ICLEI has groomed him both personally and professionally. Edited excerpts: Your work is primarily in Rajkot city in Gujarat. Could you highlight one approach that is helping the...


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19.12.2016

Meet Amrapali Kata: a young, inspiring District Collector of Warangal city, Telangana

What is the perspective of sustainability for Warangal City?Warangal is a 1,100-year-old city which has rich cultural tradition. Spread across the radius of 400 sq.km., the city has about 100 water bodies, and a dense forest cover. The challenge is to develop the city in a sustainable way for all defining priorities of today, without ignoring what is needed in the long term. The city administration is very clear that it wants to preserve and...


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15.12.2016

Disaster Risk Reduction: Towards Disaster Resilience in cities

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. following this, City...


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07.12.2016

Meet Tejas P Shinde, sustainability champion at ICLEI South Asia

Tejas P Shinde, Senior Engineer, Energy and Climate tells us why he thinks cities have many opportunities to address climate change and how climate is everyone’s concern How do you think your area of work and skills have helped ICLEI in its goal of achieving better, sustainable cities?There are many opportunities wherein cities can address climate change. With help of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, the cities have been able to...


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01.12.2016

Project cities share experiences on IUWM implementation at national workshop for Toolkit launch

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia conducted a national level workshop on November 23 and 24 to launch the final draft for the Integrated Urban Water Management Toolkit for Indian cities under the AdoptIUWM project (Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities). Supported by European Union and in partnership with ICLEI European Secretariat and Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG), the project...


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01.12.2016

ICLEI South Asia launches PROMISE project at a workshop in Delhi

ICLEI South Asia, with partner Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), formally launched the PROMotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) project on November 24, 2016. The project aims to improve local authorities’ capacity to perform as development actors for improving quality of life in an inclusive manner. The project also involves support to the authorities to create, enable and...


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16.11.2016

Rajkot honoured as Earth Hour City Challenge national capital in Quito

In an award ceremony organised by Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) in Quito, the national and the global Earth hour capitals were honoured for winning the challenge. At the event, Rajkot city from India won the title of National Earth Hour Capital out of the 10 Indian cities that participated in the challenge. The city’s credible actions in energy conservation, renewable energy and energy efficiency have been acknowledged as the models to follow...


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13.10.2016

ICLEI South Asia offers to partner with China to bring environmental technologies to Indian cities

This year, IFAT India, a leading environmental trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling has been hosted in Mumbai from September 28 – 30, 2016. The platform witnessed government representatives, industry leaders and non-profits discussing approved and innovative environmental technologies that can help tackle issues of solid waste, water management and air pollution. This year, as a special and in order to facilitate bilateral...


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13.10.2016

Meet Rahul Singh: the sustainability champion who works at ICLEI South Asia

Rahul Singh has been with ICLEI South Asia for about four years now. Over these years, he has worked for a variety of projects aimed at bringing sustainability to cities. In this interview, Mr Singh shares his journey and experiences. Edited excerpts:   How do you think your area of work and skills have helped ICLEI in its goal of achieving better, sustainable cities?Cities drive economic growth, consumption of materials and...


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13.10.2016

Producing biogas from solid waste will help us build capacities: Mr. Md. Zannatul Ferdous, Mayor of Singra Municipality, Bangladesh

Singra Municipality is a Member of ICLEI for two years now. The city in Bangladesh is more vulnerable to climate change than ever, facing erratic rainfall and extreme events of floods and droughts. However, through the years, Singra has initiated certain steps to build resilience and combat climate change. In this interview, Mr. Md. Zannatul Ferdous, Mayor of Singra suggests a few such initiatives that the low lying city has taken....


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13.10.2016

Narayanganj City Corporation of Bangladesh joins ICLEI’s network

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia has been implementing various projects across cities of Bangladesh for years now. These projects include: Realising DReAMS, Supporting Urban Sustainability, SUNYA: Towards Zero Waste in South Asia, among others. Presently, ICLEI South Asia is implementing the ICLEI ACCCRN Process, a Toolkit developed for urban local governments to help them assess their climate risk and build climate...


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13.10.2016

ICLEI South Asia’s efforts to bring District Energy Systems to cities gather pace

In a move that signals significant progress in getting District Energy Systems to cities of India, stakeholder discussions were initiated in Bhopal and Thane to share information on the project and build interest of local real estate developers on district cooling. The meetings are a part of ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Buildings & Cities: Assessing Potential for District Energy Systems (DES) in Indian Cities’ project,...


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13.10.2016

Regional partners meet in Singapore kicks off Building Efficiency Accelerator project

A regional partners’ meeting to advance peer learning amongst cities on opportunities and challenges regarding building energy efficiency was recently organised to kick start the Building Efficiency Accelerator project. The meet was organised by World Resource Institute (WRI), along with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, World Secretariat, in Singapore. Held on September 8, 2016 at the office of Building and Construction Authority,...


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13.10.2016

ACCCRN: Small Grants Fund to help two cities fight problems of water and waste

Nainital and Gangtok – two mountain cities of India – have recently been awarded the Small Grants Fund provided by the Rockefeller Foundation and facilitated by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia. While Nainital is a tourist town from the Kumaon region of Himalayas in Uttarakhand and is known for its fresh water lake, Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a state in the Northeast of the country. Both the cities have identified...


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12.10.2016

Junction design improvements continue in Udaipur

After the success of interventions made to decongest Suraj Pole junction in Udaipur, ICLEI South Asia has implemented another junction design improvement at Delhi Gate, in the same city. The activity that was taken up as an experiment under Handholding support to cities in Urban Mobility and Built Environment, supported by Shakti Energy foundation. The junction design improvement was done in support with Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC),...


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10.10.2016

ICLEI South Asia inks four MoUs with two cities in a month

In September 2016, ICLEI South Asia inked four MoUs in Rajkot and Nagpur on sustainable, low carbon development, with support from SDC, GIZ, and WRI. While under the Capacity Building Project on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES), ICLEI will be working to develop and support/facilitate implementation of the city’s climate change action plan, focusing both on mitigation and adaptation plans, for the Building...


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31.08.2016

Meet Geeta Sandal – Senior Project Officer of Sustainability Management

An urban planner and water expert, Geeta has been a part of the Sustainability team at ICLEI South Asia since 2014. She is primarily involved in the project dealing with Integrated Urban Water Management System for Indian cities. How do you think your area of work and skills have helped ICLEI in its goal of achieving better, sustainable cities? There has always been a debate about the methods used to determine the sustainability of a place or a...


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29.08.2016

Spotlight on Bhagalpur (India) - Interview with Hon'ble Mayor Deepak Bhuwania

What do you think are Bhagalpur's main achievements in the field of sustainability? Bhagalpur is considered as the second largest economic and educational hub of Bihar and well known for its silk and cottage industry in India. The city has two air quality measuring stations; one in Aadampur and second in Chameli chowk. The ambient air quality of the city is within permissible limits. The Municipal Corporation frequently initiates...


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24.08.2016

Cities to get grants for building climate resilience infrastructure

The Small Grants Fund that was constituted to support innovative and result-oriented interventions to build resilience in partner cities of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) in India and Bangladesh, shall be disbursed to Gangtok and Nainital in India and to Singra, Mongla and Kustia in Bangladesh. The grant is aimed at encouraging local stakeholders to implement actions in high risk urban systems identified through the...


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24.08.2016

Bio- toilets for improving sanitation facilities in informal settlements in Nashik

ICLEI South Asia in collaboration with Nashik Municipal Corporation has recently initiated implementation of the pilot project in Amrapali and Phule Nagar slums. The resilience intervention identified for the same is the establishment of bio- toilets (which is an eco-friendly mode of waste management).This implementation is a part of Misereor funded project on Urban Resilience and Informality which was launched in January 2016 in Nashik,...


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24.08.2016

ICLEI extends segregation and door to door plastic waste collection to the city of Jaisalmer

The pilot project on door to door plastic waste collection is ongoing in Jaisalmer. The city has now shown interest to expand the scope of the project to segregation and collection of all waste at household level in ward five. Eco friendly bags are presently being used by residents of fort city and ward five to segregate plastic waste which is being collected on alternate days with support from Jaisalmer Municipal Council. Residents of the same...


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10.08.2016

Government of India releases manual on municipal solid waste management

The Minister of Urban Development Shri M Venkaiah Naidu launched the revised CPHEEO Manual on Municipal Solid Waste Management, while inaugurating the Swachh Survekshan 2017 in New Delhi, on 6 August, 2016. ICLEI South Asia was involved as the national technical expert in revising the first version of the manual. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (India) commissioned and supported this endeavour. A national...


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09.08.2016

Meet Sasi Madambi: ICLEI employee who has championed the art of multi-tasking

Mr Madambi has spent four years at ICLEI and internalised the processes involved in ICLEI South Asia’s work. Not only does he handle multiple tasks at the organisation, he also tries his best to help out his colleagues. It has been more than four years since you have been working with ICLEI. Could you give a brief overview of your journey with the organisation? I joined ICLEI South Asia in February 2012. Most commonly, employees take time to...


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09.08.2016

ICLEI's PROMISE to strengthen capacities of four cities in India

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia has selected four city governments whose capacities would be strengthened under Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable Growth and Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments (PROMISE) project. The project that is supported by the European Union aims to build capacities on integrated, participatory, inclusive and sustainable development, and efficient resources mobilisation and utilisation....


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05.08.2016

Abandoned borewell recharge in Solapur, an AdoptIUWM city, sets an example for drought-hit Maharashtra

 A pilot project for recharge of abandoned bore wells in Neelam Nagar area of Solapur, being implemented under the AdoptIUWM project, has been inaugurated on July 29, 2016.  Mayor Ms Abute, along with the representative from European Commission Mr Shouvik Dutta, inaugurated the roof top rain water harvesting structure at Shantai Ashram in Neelam Nagar. The pilot project focuses on undertaking roof top rain water harvesting and...


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02.08.2016

ACCCRN expands to two more cities of Bangladesh

ICLEI South Asia has begun work on building resilience in two more cities of Bangladesh by initiating stakeholder discussions. The discussions were held in in Kustia and Rajshahi cities using the ICLEI ACCCRN Process that was supported by Rockefeller Foundation. Going forward, ICLEI will coordinate with the “Core Teams” of these cities to identify resilience interventions that can help to reduce their vulnerability. Before this, we have been...


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01.08.2016

Habitat III: Months before Quito, nations come together for prep meet; ICLEI hosts side event

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability recently collaborated with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), Communitas Coalition, Iskandar Regional Development Authority, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of Indonesia, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)-Japan for a side event at Habitat III PrepCom3, held on July 27 in Surabaya, Indonesia. At the...


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29.07.2016

Civil society comes together to launch India’s first independent GHG emission estimates

India’s first civil society platform for GHG estimation and analysis – GHG Platform India – was launched on 15th July, 2016 in New Delhi. The platform provides national estimates for GHG emissions from the energy, industry, waste and agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sectors from years 2007-2012 by accounting CO2, CH4 and N2O gases. These estimates are publicly available on the platform website allowing users to view and download...


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21.07.2016

Nagpur and Rajkot from India are project cities for Urban Nexus

The Sixth Regional Workshop under the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” was organized in Santa Rosa, Philippines from June 22 to 23, 2016. The two-day workshop was conducted as a part of the project, Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus (thereafter called “Urban Nexus”), financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by...


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14.07.2016

Asia LEDS Forum 2016 unlocks finance for priority actions in Asia

Practitioners and advocates of low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia – including state policymakers, officials from development agencies along with financial institutions, and potential investors – recently convened for the opening of the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2016: Mobilizing Finance for Priority Actions, at Sheraton Hotel in Hanoi. The event was organized by the Asia LEDS Partnership and hosted by...


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12.07.2016

Urban LEDS: An overview

An Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban-LEDS), or Low Emissions Urban Development Strategy, defines a pathway to transition a city to a low emission, green and inclusive urban economy, through its integration into city development plans and processes. By exploring this, local governments can achieve immediate, direct, cost effective and scalable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, while improving livelihoods for their citizens...


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12.07.2016

Panaji has benefited immensely from GreenClimateCities programme: Goa Commissioner

Shri. Dipak Deesai, Commissioner of Corporation of Panaji Goa talks about how the Urban LEDS project and city's association with ICLEI has impacted the city over the years. Edited excerpts: How has Panaji benefited from the Urban LEDS project?Panaji was fortunate to be among eight hand-picked Cities in India for Urban-LEDS programme to strengthen Low Emission Development planning. I specially want to mention the GreenClimateCities (GCC)...


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12.07.2016

Rajkot’s journey towards low carbon, sustainable development

Rajkot city of Gujarat state in western India has always been in limelight for its bold and innovative steps towards sustainable growth. It is the regional and local leadership of this fast developing city that has brought several accolades to the city in arenas such as sanitation and cleanliness, industrial development and other contemporary aspects such as adoption of renewable energy, building energy efficiency, efficient transport system and...


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12.07.2016

Six Indian 'satellite' cities benefit from approaches and practices of low-emission urban development

The Urban-LEDS project supports rapidly growing cities in four emerging economy countries: Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa. From India, Panaji, Gwalior, Shimla, Coimbatore, Nagpur and Pimpri-Chinchwad are six of the emerging cities that have been chosen as satellite cities or the cities that are closely involved in observing, sharing and learning from the two model cities – Rajkot and Thane – and embarked on the process of low carbon...


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12.07.2016

Thane shows the way through municipal schools and street lighting programmes

The Thane city, located in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in western India, is best known for its ambitious commitments and actions to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) joined the Urban-LEDS programme in 2012 to accelerate its progressive climate action trajectory.Guided by ICLEI’s Green Climate Cities (GCC) process, Thane embraced its role as a model city under the programme by adopting a...


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29.06.2016

Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won

In Bangladesh, one of the world’s most polluted cities and an ICLEI Member city has led the way globally in ridding itself of harmful PM10 particles. This is an offshoot of the Realising DReAMS project - the work started in the project is being continued by Rajshahi and has recently been featured in Guardian, a UK-based publication.


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25.05.2016

Shimla among world's first five cities to get City Resilience Index (CRI)

Arup, in association with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia and Municipal Corporation of Shimla (MCS), piloted the City Resilience Index (CRI) tool in Shimla. The tool was developed by Arup with support from Rockefeller Foundation to help the city build resilience. Read full report: City Resilience Index Shimla, India Apart from India, the other cities where the tool was piloted are Hong Kong, China; Liverpool, England;...


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24.05.2016

Panaji makes it to Smart Cities List under Fast Track Mode, two more ICLEI members selected

Panaji, the capital city of Goa, has successfully made it to the list of cities selected under India’s Smart City Mission Fast Track Mode. The names of 13 cities selected under Fast Track Mode were announced on Tuesday by Union Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. These cities, in addition to the initially selected 20 Smart Cities would be implementing their proposals under the Smart Cities Mission of Government of India. Some of the...


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18.05.2016

Habitat III: ICLEI's response to Zero Draft of New Urban Agenda

On 15 May, local and regional governments and networks from around the world convened at the first session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in New York City to provide input into the United Nations Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This meeting was the first in the three-part Second World Assembly series organised by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments. The...


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09.05.2016

Interview: How Gangtok is moving towards development that is sustainable

Shakti Singh Choudhary, Mayor of Gangtok, Sikkim (India) shares how the hill city is introducing measures that can help the city become more liveable, without hampering its livelihoods and ecology


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09.05.2016

Bhagalpur city from Bihar joins ICLEI’s network

Bhagalpur, popularly known as silk city situated on the southern bank of the Ganges in the Indian state of Bihar, has successfully become an ICLEI member. The third largest city in Bihar and the largest city in eastern Bihar, is also one of the major educational, commercial and political centres of eastern India. The city covers an area of 110 square kilometre with 410,210 population. The City has recently been shortlisted by the Ministry of...


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09.05.2016

Pune hosts the energy fair under Earth Hour City Challenge

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, in collaboration with World Wide Fund (WWF) India and Pune Municipal Corporation, recently organised a one-day renewable energy fair at Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park on April 25, 2016. The renewable energy fair was organised under Earth Hour City Challenge, the on-going programme between ICLEI South Asia and WWF India. The objective of the one day energy fair was to raise general awareness...


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09.05.2016

Asia LEDS holds webinars to share knowledge on energy tools

The Asia LEDS Partnership, along with LEDS Global Partnership’s Energy Working Group, has been holding webinars to spread the word about its toolkits and to share some case studies.The webinar on “Long range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System: Applications in Vietnam and Indonesia”, held in March, showcased two case examples of the tool’s application in Asia. LEAP is a widely-used software tool for energy policy analysis and climate...


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09.05.2016

Towards building resilience: vulnerability assessment and ground-truthing in Kurseong and Gangtok

ICLEI South Asia in collaboration with the Kurseong Municipality (KM) and Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC), in April this year, organised the 2nd Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) workshops under Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project supported by Rockefeller Foundation, in the respective cities. ICLEI South Asia team facilitated the workshop to undertake the vulnerability assessment due to climate change which...


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25.04.2016

Enhancing climate resilience in India's Gorakhpur city

ICLEI South Asia recently partnered with the RUAF Foundation (Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) to undertake a formative evaluation of the "Enhancing Climate Resilience of Gorakhpur city by Buffering Floods in the City” project. The project that focuses on climate resilient peri-urban agriculture has been implemented by Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG).Both the project and the evaluation were supported by...


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13.04.2016

HRIDAY cities strive to improve access to heritage sites

Amravati, a town in Andhra Pradesh and known for its temples and stupas, is now geared up to improve its heritage asset-related infrastructure and additional urban infrastructure, under the Government of India’s Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY).Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), which is implementing agency for HRIDAY has appointed the executing agencies for “upgradation of approach roads to...


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13.04.2016

Building resilience in informal settlements

ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI South East Asia have undertaken a new project to mull the issues related to informal settlements in four cities of Asia. Presently, the teams are preparing a solutions basket for the problem areas that were identified after a detailed research. The exercise is a part of a Misereor-funded project on Urban Resilience and Informality, launched in January 2016, and is being conducted in collaboration with Nashik Municipal...


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13.04.2016

APFSD 2016: Delegates from Asia-Pacific meet to discuss regional priorities for implementation of SDGs

The third season of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2016), organised by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, was held from 3 to 5 April 2016, at the United Nations Conference Centre, in Bangkok, Thailand. A representative from ICLEI South Asia participated in the event and presented ICLEI’s stand. “The SDGs will pave the way for a fully transformative agenda if they are considered as the floor,...


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13.04.2016

IUWM campaigns promote water conservation and solid waste management

A catchment cleanliness drive was organised in February by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia and Solapur Municipal Corporation as a supporting initiative for the pilot project on “Ground Water Recharge through Abandoned Bore wells”. The drive was organised at Neelam Nagar, Solapur under the project Adopt Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). The objective of the event was to initiate catchment cleanliness drive and also...


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18.03.2016

Coimbatore sets a Guinness World Record

ICLEI South Asia has been recognized for its contribution and participation in the “largest recycling lesson” which was attended by 12,994 participants and was organized by Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.The city flourishingly accomplished the title in Guinness World Records, with the objective to create a better understanding about community involvement in source segregation, litter collection, waste handling and disposal and was able to...


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14.03.2016

Mandi, the Kashi of Himachal, is now an ICLEI member

Mandi, formerly known as Mandav Nagar, situated in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh, is ICLEI's newest member in South Asia. Mandi is one of the leading cities of the state, with a municipal council in Mandi District. Also referred to as "Varanasi of Hills" or "Kashi of Himachal", Mandi is one of the oldest and fastest growing cities of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of river Beas and with...


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11.03.2016

ICLEI South Asia to manage the Secretariat of the Asia LEDS Partnership

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability - South Asia, in partnership with ICLEI South East Asia and ICLEI East Asia, has been awarded the management of Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat. The Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat has been managed by consulting firm ICF International, as lead implementer of the USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) program, since 2012. Services have been sub-contracted to ICLEI by USAID LEAD to carry...


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10.03.2016

Three Indian cities selected as finalists for WWF global city challenge

Rajkot, Pune and Coimbatore are in the final run-up to become the global capitals under World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015-16. One out of these is bound to be named as India’s National Earth Hour Capital 2016. Launched in 2011, EHCC inspires and supports cities to become solution hotspots for building sustainable cities. This challenge aims to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a...


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05.03.2016

RCAP 2016: Local governments commit to resilience partnerships in Melaka Call for Action

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister endorses inclusive resilience at ICLEI event


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04.03.2016

High level segment at RCAP 2016 reasserts role of cities in achieving sustainability

After two days of deliberations that reinstated the importance of building resilience in cities and promoting initiatives and participation that comes from city mayors and councillors, the Resilient Cities Asia Pacific 2016 congress has entered the official closing day. The Congress, held in conjunction with the 16th International Convention on Melaka Twin Cities, was officially opened by YB Datuk Abdul Rahman bin Dahlan, Minister of Urban...


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03.03.2016

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2016 Opens with Assessment of "Milestone" 2015

The 2nd Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress was officially opened today in Melaka, Malaysia by Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Idris Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka. Haron highlighted Melaka's credentials as a resilient city, pointing out its goal of becoming a Green Technology City State by 2020 and its alignment with the national target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020. As part of this effort, Melaka State - with the help of ICLEI -...


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15.02.2016

District Energy Systems: Towards efficient cooling for buildings in India’s cities

ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has initiated a project to help Indian cities accelerate their transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development through modern District Energy Systems (DES). Called as “Renewable and Energy Efficiency in Buildings & Cities: Assessing Potential for District Energy Systems (DES) in Indian Cities”, the project aims to provide technical assistance...


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10.02.2016

IUWM: Water use training for students in two cities of Rajasthan

Under Adopt Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) project, ICLEI organized a sensitization training for students in Kishangarh and Jaisalmer cities of Rajasthan, in collaboration with local authorities. For the purpose of workshop, information, education and communication tools were used. The activities were taken up under pilot projects on closed loop water management to encourage recycling, recharge and reuse of water, in Kishangarh, and...


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10.02.2016

Smart, healthy and sustainable cities: PEER learnings from US, China & India

A high-level workshop was recently organized by ICLEI South Asia and University of Minnesota where experts, policy makers and city representatives of three countries exchanged their learnings on infrastructural transitions towards sustainability. The two-day event was organized on January 11 and 12 in New Delhi, in collaboration with Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Titled “Developing...


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05.02.2016

COP 21 acknowledges role of cities in building resilience

The Paris Agreement that emerged from COP21 in December 2015 affirmed the critical role of cities and subnationals in the global climate regime. The Conference of Parties in Paris that saw historic commitment of 185 nations was also remarkable for strong presence of cities, together with their networks and partners. The Climate Summit for Local Leaders at the Paris City Hall on 4 December saw the largest ever mobilization of local leaders during...


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05.02.2016

Gwalior’s quest for a sustainable future: an interview with Mayor Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar

Gwalior city is ranked 22 in the first Smart City list released by the Government of India. The city must be hoping to make it to the next phase of the programme. What would be the key initiatives of the city ones it starts development under the Smart City Project? Though Gwalior city could not make it to the first list despite our dedicated plans and scored the 22nd slot, it now has an opportunity to submit the revised proposals to...


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04.02.2016

Meet ICLEI’s new sustainability champions

If you dream of a sustainable, resilient and better world and wish to contribute to the cause, ICLEI could be the place for you. Meet our colleagues who have joined us in the past few months and bring with them a pool of talent and experience. We welcome them and wish them good luck in their journey! Mehvish KidwaiCommunication OfficerMehvish joined ICLEI in November 2015. She holds a Bachelor's degree in advertising and is a post graduate in...


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03.02.2016

Kolkata builds capacities to achieve climate resilience

Kolkata, the City of Joy, went through a series of training workshops on climate change and its impacts on the city. The objective of 16 sessions held in August and September was to sensitise councillors and other government officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). The workshops were organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia (ICLEI South Asia), in collaboration with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and...


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02.02.2016

Smart City Mission: ICLEI congratulates first batch of selected cities

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability South Asia is proud to note that it has been in close association with most of the 20 cities selected for the first phase of Indian government’s “Smart Cities Mission”. Of the 20 cities that will be developed under the first phase of the NDA-government led mission, 11 are ICLEI’s member cities. These include: Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Surat, Solapur, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Guwahati,...


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01.02.2016

Ten Indian cities take first step towards global Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)

The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015-2016 is an initiative by ICLEI and World Wide Fund (WWF) to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. In this year-long competition, cities across the world are recognized for their efforts to create more sustainable and resilient cities. The participants also compete for the title of Earth Hour Capital. The competition encourages cities to come forward and report their Greenhouse Gas...


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27.01.2016

ICLEI welcomes COP commitments; but nations need to steer green growth

Though it has been almost a month since the Paris Agreement has been signed, nations are yet to provide an ambitious response to end a fossil-dependent era. It is unfortunate that despite the need for an unstoppable transformation into an urban development model based on 100 per cent renewables, nations have been reluctant to commit funds for the same. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability though welcomes the landmark commitments of...


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10.12.2015

Urban Development Minister and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh launch HRIDAY scheme in Amaravati

HRIDAY, Making of India’s Heritage Cities… Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, launched the projects under National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) and Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), at Amaravati in Guntur district on December 5, 2015. The projects include evaluation of current situation of...


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26.10.2015

Panaji begins its journey towards becoming a smart city!

Panaji, the capital of the State of Goa, is among the ninety eight Cities identified as potential Smart Cities by the Government of India under its flagship Smart Cities Mission. The Corporation of the City of Panaji is now competing to be among the to-be-chosen 20 cities, to access funding for Smart City implementation. ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia is proud to assist the City of Panaji to develop a sustainable Smart...


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19.10.2015

HRIDAY cities advance towards rejuvenating heritage asset related infrastructure

Amravati, a popular heritage city in India, most known for the Amaralingeswara Swamy temple, Mahachaitya Stupa and Dharanikota Fort, all built during the second and third century BC, is now working towards improving its heritage asset related infrastructure and additional urban infrastructure, under the Government of India’s Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). With support from ICLEI South Asia, the heritage assets in...


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16.10.2015

Shimla will soon have its own City Resilience Index

Shimla has been selected as one of the five cities in the world where a combined effort of The Rockfeller Foundation; Arup, a British professional services group; ICLEI South Asia; and the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) have joined hands to create a resilience profile for the town using the City Resilience Index (CRI). A recent survey shows that in Shimla 48 per cent people prefer walking, 45 per cent use public buses and 7 per cent use...


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15.10.2015

Bright days ahead for Cochin’s transport scenario

Under the EU supported SOLUTIONS project, Mr. Kezhen Wang, Director, Hangzhou Public Transport Company along with Mr Chao li, Research Officer, China Academy for Transport Studies from ‘leading city’ Hangzhou recently visited ‘take up’ city Cochin to understand the mobility scenario in the city, as part of the knowledge exchange process under the project. Cochin Mayor, Mr. Tony Chammany, through local media channels, introduced the project and...


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29.09.2015

Strengthening Local Urban Resilience Plans in Southeast Asia

UNDP, through varying levels of support, is instrumental in the development of disaster loss and damage databases and associated institutionalisation at the national and subnational levels in over 25 locations. Online disaster loss and damage databases are available for several countries in the South and Southeast Asian region. It is of critical value to these countries to assess and analyse information in these databases within the context of...


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18.09.2015

Highlights of Kurseong, Gangtok and Panaji’s journey towards building resilience

The Rockefeller Foundation funded Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), has been working towards helping cities in improving their climate resilience and protecting themselves from projected impacts of climate change. ACCCRN cities from India, Kurseong, Gangtok and Panaji are advancing at a commendable pace towards making themselves more resilient and increasing their capacity to withstand, adapt and recover from climate...


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15.09.2015

Launching IEC materials for building climate resilience in Kolkata

Under the UK-KMC (United Kingdom-Kolkata Municipal Corporation) MoU on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Kolkata signed in November 2013 during the UK Prime Minister’s visit to Kolkata, ICLEI South Asia is assisting British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata to implement the ‘Sensitisation Programme for Kolkata Municipal Corporation Councilors and Members of Mayor-in-Council on Climate Change’. Under this programme, ICLEI South Asia in...


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14.09.2015

Here comes the light: Kochi’s solar city master plan now approved!

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the Rs. 696-crore master plan for the Kochi solar city project. The project is part of the Centre’s ambitious scheme to develop solar cities in selected regions across the country. The master plan for Kochi was approved at a meeting of MNRE held in New Delhi on Friday, September 11th, 2015. ICLEI South Asia was engaged by Kochi Municipal Corporation to prepare the solar city master...


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10.09.2015

Spotlight on Dehradun, India – An interview with Mayor Vinod Chamoli

What would you describe as Dehradun’s main achievements in the field of sustainability?Dehradun has been a distinguished centre of learning for long. After formation of Uttarakhand as a new state, the city gained further prominence as the capital. Evidently, the population pressure has increased and the responsibilities gotten bigger. Subsequently, the city has become more aware and further active on sustainability actions. It has partnered with...


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09.09.2015

Solapur, now an ICLEI member, finalises pilot project sites for implementation

Located in the south-eastern region of Indian state of Maharashtra, Solapur, is also known as “The City of Martyrs” due to the city’s active role during the Indian Independence Movement. With an impressive number of sugar factories (33 in total) and the world's second-largest and Asia's largest spinning mill, Solapur is the fourth-largest district in Maharashtra in terms of land area, and seventh-largest in terms of population. We welcome...


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08.09.2015

For a safer future - Insights on climate resilience from India

“The earth is warming, it’s just the beginning,” goes a new farming song in Uttar Pradesh, India as rainstorms and flooding become more frequent, and property and crops across the state are ruined. The increasing number of weather disasters, as a result of climate change, is making it harder for people to get back on their feet after each one. A film released by the Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) and TERI India, in association with...


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07.09.2015

Kurseong now an ICLEI member!

Best known for its formidable league of tea estates and a rush of Raj-era boarding schools, Kurseong is a tiny and bustling hill town 32 Km south of Darjeeling, West Bengal and now is ICLEI’s newest member in the South Asian region. The word Kurseong means – the place of White Orchid. Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys milder and very healthy climate throughout the year. Kurseong is currently a part of the Rockefeller Foundation...


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02.09.2015

Towards developing a Climate Resilient Panaji

A shared learning dialogue, as part of the Rockefeller Foundation supported Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), was recently held in Panaji city which aimed at discussing the sectors identified to be impacted by climate change. This workshop was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Panaji, Mr. Siddharth Kunkolienkar who emphasised on the need for such a study in order to ensure sustainable development...


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26.08.2015

New at ICLEI South Asia!

If working towards a sustainable, resilient, low carbon and resource-efficient city is your passion, ICLEI South Asia is the place to be. Meet our new sustainability champions – Dr. Monalisa SenSenior Manager (Sustainability Management) With over 14 years of experience in the fields of Biodiversity Conservation, Community Development, Enterprise Based Conservation and Restoration Ecology, Mona is now working on developing the biodiversity...


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20.08.2015

Thane's journey so far in transition to low emission development

In its role as a model city under the European Commission funded Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban - LEDS) project, Thane is actively engaged in accelerating its transition to low emission development. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), guided by ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology, has identified a set of priority low emission strategies and is undertaking a range of actions at...


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19.08.2015

Integrating ICLEI's IUWM and waste initiatives with Swachh Bharat Mission activities in Rajasthan

ICLEI South Asia has been selected as one of the facilitators for IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and capacity building components under Swachh Bharat Mission in Rajasthan. The existing ICLEI initiatives: European Commsion supported project on Integrated Urban Water Management (being implemented in Jaisalmer and Kishangarh) and UNEP supported Kota Holistic Waste Management project (being implemented in Kota) are being integrated...


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18.08.2015

Expanding urban mobility knowledge with SOLUTIONS E-learning courses!

The second round of the SOLUTIONS E-learning courses have been launched and are all set to start in September 2015. The SOLUTIONS courses are intended for professionals working in the field of urban mobility who wish to expand their knowledge and share their experiences with participants from around the world. These free online courses, which are a part of the project activities under SOLUTIONS, are an eco-friendly way of achieving more...


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18.08.2015

Meet Nikhil Kolsepatil – Senior Engineer (Energy and Climate)

An engineer and energy technologist, Nikhil has been a part of the Energy and Climate team at ICLEI South Asia since 2013. He is primarily involved in work on energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate mitigation. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? I have been able to help local governments understand the local and global challenges posed by climate change and the need to address these through their...


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17.08.2015

Small Grants Fund to support resilience actions in India and Bangladesh

A Small Grants Fund has been constituted to support innovative and result-oriented interventions to build resilience in partner cities of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) in India and Bangladesh. The grant is aimed at encouraging local stakeholders to implement actions in high risk urban systems identified through the ICLEI-ACCCRN Process (IAP). It would provide tangible, financial support for city-community partnerships....


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12.08.2015

Dehradun is now an ICLEI city!

Dehradun, the capital city of hill state Uttarakhand, is the newest ICLEI member in the South Asian region.From being a gateway to the tourist destinations in Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas, Dehradun has now grown as a prominent city in North India. It is an important educational centre, with few highly reputed schools alongside national institutes like Forest Research Institute (FRI) and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) among many other...


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10.08.2015

Supporting Swachh Bharat Mission activities in Nellore

In line with the requirements of the Swachh Bharat Mission, ICLEI South Asia is supporting Nellore city in developing a city sanitation plan, leading to the development of a Detailed Project Report for Solid Waste Management. With a population a little over 5 lakhs, the leadership in Nellore is committed to achieving an open defecation free and clean city, ensuring a healthy and happy community. With past experience in successfully implementing...


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07.08.2015

Rajkot’s bike sharing program - advancing towards low carbon mobility

As awareness is increasing among cities and its people for sustainable and low carbon modes of transportation, bicycles are emerging as a new top trend. Bikes, with their numerous health benefits, add to making the city more sustainable and to increase awareness towards low carbon mobility. Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), supported by Rajkot Rotary Midtown library and a popular radio channel, Radio Mirchi, has initiated bicycle rental...


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06.08.2015

Making disaster planning a possibility for slums in South and Southeast Asia

ICLEI south Asia will play the role of an international partner, along with few other organisations, for the “Crowdsourcing Community Resilience in Urban Slums” project which is one of the 17 projects selected in the first stage of the bigger Global Resilience Partnership. The Partnership, convened by The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and Sida aims to help millions in Africa and Asia build more resilient futures. An essential feature of the...


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28.07.2015

Revamping heritage cities as part of the HRIDAY Scheme

ICLEI South Asia, with its partners, will be playing the role of a city anchor for three cities – Amaravati, Ajmer and Badami, under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India’s National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). The scheme focuses on holistic development of heritage cities. The scheme also aims to preserve and revitalise the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging...


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23.07.2015

Exploring solutions for an enhanced IUWM approach

Under the Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM) project, a one week exposure visit to Europe was conducted in the month of April. The aim of this tour was to expose the participants to the best practices in the field of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) being undertaken in Europe and to provide options for Indian cities that are currently facing challenges in the Water sectors. Three European countries,...


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20.07.2015

ICLEI Leaders and Members to strengthen Pope Francis’ efforts on climate, modern slavery and sustainability

On 21-22 July 2015, a delegation of more than 60 Mayors from around the world will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican for a two-day event on climate change, human trafficking and sustainable development. (See the official press release of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the full program on July 21 on modern slavery and climate change and on July 22 on sustainable development and post2015 development agenda in collaboration with UN...


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10.07.2015

MobiPrize 2015 – Get recognised for your innovative sustainable transport actions

UM-SMART’s MobiPrize is back, honoring New Mobility enterprises and innovators that are making the world a better place through sustainable transportation innovation! All entrepreneurs addressing transportation-related challenges and opportunities with innovative and sustainable solutions and business models (anywhere in the world) are encouraged to apply. So are government agencies that are fostering a New Mobility industry, enterprise, and...


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06.07.2015

ICLEI member Shimla shines at the World Summit in Lyon

Shimla was among the three cities (hailed for Urban-LEDS (Low Emissions Development Strategy) held at the World Summit – Climate and Territories in Lyon, France on July 2. Addressing over 800 Summit participants, representatives of Urban-LEDS cities Shimla (India), Fortaleza (Brazil), KwaDukuza (S. Africa) and Copenhagen (Denmark) shared their low carbon actions and commitments. Shimla municipal corporation, along with 50 others organizations,...


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06.07.2015

Will your city be the next Earth Hour Capital - Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-16 is now open!

Cities have been actively participating in Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) for three consecutive years. Acknowledging the zeal and vigour of the numerous cities which have been a part of this initiative, the EHCC 2015-16 campaign was launched on 1 July, 2015. WWF has invited over 20 countries this year to demonstrate their climate leadership and ambition by reporting their inspiring climate commitments, performance and actions. The theme for...


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19.06.2015

Cochin releases its Solar City Master Plan

The Cochin solar city master plan is a comprehensive document detailing city’s present energy consumption in various sectors, energy demand forecasting and sector wise action plan for integrating renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in different activities. It begins with the introductory city profiles which encapsulate the city’s current energy demands and also the Municipal Council services which are intrinsic to the city’s growing...


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20.05.2015

Spotlight on Solapur, India – An interview with Mayor Sushila Laxman Abute

What would you describe as Solapur’s main achievements in the field of sustainability?  Being a city from an arid region, Solapur faces problems of scarcity of water, high T & D losses in water supply network, sewage treatment, river/nallah pollution and air pollution. Recently our city has initiated implementation of 3 decentralized wastewater treatment plants to prevent nallah/river pollution. City authorities are extending and...


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18.05.2015

Meet Keshav Jha – Senior Project Officer (Energy and Climate)

Been a part of the ICLEI family from early 2011, Keshav has been an integral part of the energy and climate team here at ICLEI South Asia. He has a Master's degree in Environment and two Postgraduate Diplomas in Urban Planning & Development and Environmental Law & Management and an Appreciation program in Sustainability Sciences. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow and a Climate Reality Leader trained by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore,...


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15.05.2015

Learning from implementation: 8 Pilot Projects selected for IUWM cities

Under the Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM) Project, a series of activities have been conducted over the past few months. These include: State Level Review Meeting in Rajasthan and second Stakeholder workshops in all project cities where each city formulated an IUWM based vision for a sustainable Water Future and selected Pilot Projects for implementation (total 8 pilot Projects) through a participatory...


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14.05.2015

Moving steadily towards building climate resilience

10 Indian cities namely, Leh, Dharamsala, Mandi, Dehradun, Nainital, Panaji, Nashik, Kurseong, Shillong and Gangtok and 3 cities of Bangladesh - Singra, Mongla and Barisal, are currently a part of the Rockefeller Foundation funded Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), working towards improving their climate resilience and protecting themselves from projected impacts of climate change. Following are highlights of the...


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10.05.2015

Few in-depth thoughts from our ICLEI pillars and REXCom members

Congratulations to ICLEI South Asia on its 10th Anniversary. I have visited your offices, met with your members and staff and talked about the urban challenges before us. Your region is one of the most critical in the world the young energy you exhibit can make the 21st century livable and sustainable. Invite new cities and citizens to join with ICLEI and become part of the sustainable solution. - David Cadman, President 2006-2015,...


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27.04.2015

100 Mayors adopt Seoul Declaration for sustainable cities

Together with ICLEI President Park Wonsoon (Mayor of Seoul), ICLEI First Vice President James Nxumalo (Mayor of Durban) and ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin, 100 mayors from around the world were onstage at today´s ICLEI World Congress 2015 Opening Plenary to adopt the Seoul Declaration.  The Seoul Declaration (ES) is a collaborative document that sets out a path to urban sustainability. It acknowledges the grave issues facing...


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24.04.2015

Solutions Gateway now open to all cities

The Solutions Gateway, an online platform on Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development created for cities and towns, was launched at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in April 2015. It is now available to all local governments, free of charge. This innovative platform, tailor-made for local governments, was developed to assist cities and towns in mainstreaming low emission development into urban plans, projects and processes. Through advanced...


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20.04.2015

Seoul City Mayor elected as new ICLEI President

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability has elected Seoul City Mayor Park Won Soon as its new President. The announcement was made at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 – the biggest gathering of local and subnational leaders committed to sustainability. Former ICLEI President David Cadman officially handed over his legacy to Mayor Park who is a keen enthusiast of sustainable approaches to climate change. As the new President, Mayor Park’s...


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16.04.2015

All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2015

Our environment is degrading every minute and this is and should be an issue of serious concern for each one of us. This environmental degradation needs urgent action to be taken, which should be continuous and widespread. Awareness towards causes of environmental degradation, effects on the livelihood of many and ways to prevent this degradation, combined with tremendous community involvement are the needs of the hour.  To steer the...


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13.04.2015

Thane wins “National Earth Hour Capital 2015” title

At the Earth Hour City Challenge award ceremony in Seoul, Korea on the 9th April 2015, Thane was announced as India’s National Earth Hour Capital 2015, with Seoul winning the title of the Global Earth Hour Capital.  After a rigorous exercise of deliberating and assessing the sustainable activities reported by the finalist cities under the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), an expert jury panel has declared Thane as the winning...


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03.04.2015

Brainstorming towards an integrated transport system in Cochin

A two day workshop on sustainable transport solutions was held in Cochin, India to resolve transport issues of the city and to identify prospective solutions. The workshop, organised as a part of the SOLUTIONS project, was attended by representatives of various organisations from the city, who discussed various solutions that could be implemented as short, medium and long term measures and reiterated the advantages of current density patterns...


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19.03.2015

Official Statement of Local and Regional Authorities Major Group at UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

A statement was read out by Mayor Illiza Saaduddin Djamal of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on behalf of the Major Group on Local and Regional Authorities, and their global networks United Cities and Local Governments and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 17 March 2015. This statement will further feed into the 2015 Sendai outcome.  Given below is the official...


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18.03.2015

Moving towards sustainable transport solutions for Cochin

25-27 March 2015 will witness Cochin, India, hosting a workshop on sustainable transport solutions for the city. The three day workshop on sustainable transport solutions will gather various stakeholders from the urban transport field in the city and international expert organisations to discuss on possible solutions that can resolve the overwhelmed transport demand.  Cochin has been selected as one of the take up cities under the...


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17.03.2015

Risk award to support slum dwellers in Pune

Activities for risk reduction must integrate the people at risk and make use of their traditional coping techniques and knowledge. All the key drivers of risk are present in the Indian city of Pune where 25,000 people living in ten slums will benefit from a project by the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) which has won the 2015 Risk Award and a grant of €100,000 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction....


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13.03.2015

Aiming towards creating a climate friendly future for Pune at the Green Energy Fair

More than 500 people visited the Green Energy Fair, organised in Pune city on 4 March 2015, with support from Pune Municipal Corporation and WWF – India, as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) project. The fair, wherein essential information on various applications of renewable energy was shared with the citizens of Pune city, was inaugurated by the additional commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Mr. Rajendra Jagtaap followed by...


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27.02.2015

Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities - Report launched!

Indian cities are at the core of the economic transformation being envisaged by the Government of India. Considering the anticipated growth in cities, local governments face enormous challenges in providing urban infrastructure and services that match the growing demand sustainably while ensuring good quality of life for its citizens. In this context, Green Growth- an approach which integrates economic and social objectives with environmental...


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25.02.2015

Replicating Green Pilgrimage Network's knowledge to strengthen the base for HRIDAY

   By Rakesh Kamal Bhagavatula In December 2014 the Minister of Urban Development Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu announced the sanctioning of 5000 million rupees for 12 cities under the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme. The cities selected under this scheme are Varanasi, Amritsar, Warangal, Ajmer, Gaya, Mathura, Kanchipuram, Vellankini, Amaravati, Badami, Dwaraka and Puri. He said, “HRIDAY...


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19.02.2015

Rajkot takes a leap towards a greener lifestyle with the Green Energy Fair

As part of the global Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) and the associated people’s choice campaign called We Love Cities, a Green Energy Fair was organised jointly by Rajkot Municipal Corporation, WWF-India and ICLEI-South Asia, at Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Energy Park, Rajkot on 9 February 2015. The fair attracted many people from across the city and included various renewable energy manufacturers, school students, teachers and other people...


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18.02.2015

Expand your knowledge about urban mobility - E-learning with SOLUTIONS

E-learning opportunities on numerous themes such as public transport, city logistics, transport infrastructure, integrated planning / sustainable urban mobility plans, network and mobility management and clean vehicles are now being offered under the European Union funded Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon TransporTatION (SOLUTIONS) project as part of the project initiatives. The SOLUTIONS courses are intended for professionals working in...


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29.01.2015

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

The building sector (and infrastructure) is one of the major consumers of energy in Indian cities. The smallest unit of the built environment is the building, which links up to other buildings and urban services – such as transport, water supply and treatment, etc. Before zooming out to a city level, groups of buildings form communities and neighborhoods.  A building is typically constructed by an individual entity, and ownership rests...


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15.01.2015

Exploring solutions and developing new trends at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Representatives from Cochin, India and Matale, Sri Lanka, under the European Union funded Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION (Solutions) Project, had an opportunity to explore next generation mobility solutions and smart commuting in cities by participating in the 12th edition of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum held in Chengdu city, China in November 2014. Mr. Daljith Nandal from Matale Council and Dr. Rajan from...


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12.01.2015

Replication of the SUNYA project in more wards and generating compost from wet waste - Coimbatore makes commendable progress!

Inspired by the success of the SUNYA project in R.S Puram in Coimbatore, residents of Bharathi Park led by Bharathi Park Ladies Association have begun the process of segregation of waste at source by launching the SUNYA-Towards zero waste in South Asia project, in the presence of Mayor P. Rajkumar, who promised the support of Coimbatore City Corporation. Around 200 houses from Bharathi Park and nearby areas will be a part of this...


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09.01.2015

Pune, Rajkot and Thane in the run for WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge 2015

Pune, Rajkot and Thane are among the three Indian cities that will compete to bag the title of Global Earth Hour Capital in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015. A total of 50 cities from across 17 countries have entered the final round. The three Indian cities will also be competing with each other for the title of National Earth Hour Capital. Coimbatore was named as the National Earth Hour Capital in 2014. All the three finalist...


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10.12.2014

NAZCA – Building the will for action on Climate Change

“We can, we must, and we will take action on climate change”   - Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC At the UN Climate Change Conference in Peru (COP 20, running to 12 December) governments are busy negotiating a new universal climate change agreement, and discussing ways to raise climate ambition before 2020, when the new agreement is to take effect. The conference comes not long after the highly successful UN Climate...


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05.12.2014

Now a study that provides a hands-on approach for implementing Urban NEXUS solutions

GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the publication of their joint study, “Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards resource efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions”. The study highlights benefits of Urban NEXUS approach for resource optimization in cities around the world. The pioneering study was carried out on behalf...


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17.11.2014

Delhi State Action Plan on Climate Change – How it all began...

India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) released in 2008, outlines the country’s strategy to meet the challenges of climate change. After the NAPCC was announced, the then Prime Minister of India called upon all the states of the country in an address on 18 August 2009 to expeditiously prepare their individual State Action Plans on Climate Change which would be parallel to the strategy outlined in the National Action Plan on...


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13.11.2014

Spotlight on Shimla, India - An interview with Mayor Sanjay Chauhan

“Urban Local Bodies are the most important part of the government with direct linkages to the community and the local people. Cities entrusted with planning and implementation are the ones who have the power to shape the future" What would you describe as Shimla’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? Shimla, being located in a hilly geographical terrain and vulnerable climate, requires environmental preservation along with...


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12.11.2014

SUNYA cities to prepare zero waste management action plans

All the seven cities under the ‘SUNYA – Towards zero waste in South Asia’ project are now in the process of developing their respective Zero Waste Management Action Plans. These plans aim at ensuring the sustainability of the project beyond the actual project period. It will also help in being a stepping stone for the respective cities and paving the path towards formalizing a scientific and sustainable solid waste management system which will...


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11.11.2014

Meet Meesha Tandon – Senior Manager (Sustainability)

Been a part of the ICLEI family since 2012, Meesha is an Architect Planner by Profession with specialization in Catchment Management. Here at ICLEI South Asia she has been working closely with cities in the water sector and has previously worked extensively in the urban sector for preparation of City Development Plans.  What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? I have been working with cities in Rajasthan and...


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05.11.2014

ICLEI signs partnership agreement for more sustainable water management

In an effort to boost the sustainable management of water at local and regional levels, ICLEI has formally partnered with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UN-Habitat/Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), the World Water Council, the Daegu Gyeongbuk Development Institute and the National Committee of the 7th World Water Forum. The partnership was agreed in Marseille on 28 October 2014. The partners committed to work...


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31.10.2014

International Conference & Exhibition on Emerging Trends in Sustainable Habitat & Integrated Cities

For the past 11 years Municipalika, the International Conference and Exhibition on Making Cities Work, has been instrumental in highlighting pertinent issues revolving around urban challenges and opportunities, sharing best and leading practices, evolving technological and managerial solutions, and providing inputs for policy interventions. Municipalika 2014 is being organised on 13-15 November 2014 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar,...


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27.10.2014

Johannesburg takes up the challenge of a car-free city

A unique event will take place in Johannesburg from 1-31 October 2015, during South Africa’s Transport Month. The City will be organizing the world’s second-ever ‘EcoMobility World Festival 2015’ – a month-long car-free city district event. The project will visualize an ecomobile future for residents and visitors in Johannesburg. “We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest Central Business District (CBD) to car...


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17.10.2014

Visit of ICLEI President David Cadman to South Asia

28 September – 8 October 2014 was a special time for all at ICLEI South Asia – ICLEI President Mr. David Cadman was here with us! Though the visit was short, Mr. Cadman managed to visit quite some places, speak at events and share his wisdom and knowledge with the ICLEI South Asia staff and city representatives.  The 2nd Asia BRT conference held in Ahmedabad, India, witnessed Mr. Cadman highlighting the importance of a BRT system in...


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16.10.2014

Indian Cities work for Low Emissions Development

With both population and economy rapidly growing, India will play a crucial role in any low-carbon scenario. Two model cities, Rajkot and Thane, and six satellite cities were selected to participate in the Urban LEDS program, funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI, with the objective of enhancing the transition to low emission urban development in four emerging economy countries. Urban-LEDS stands for...


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15.10.2014

Mandi and Dharamsala advance on their ICLEI ACCCRN Process path

Shared Learning Dialogues were organised in Indian cities Dharamsala and Mandi by ICLEI South Asia with the climate core team of Dharamsala and Mandi under the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project on 23rd and 26th of September, 2014. The broad objective of the visit was to execute ICLEI ACCCRN process (IAP) in the cities - Phase II “Climate Research and Impact Assessment” in...


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13.10.2014

Why Does #UrbanSDG Matter? Join Our Campaign!

On 31 October this year, for the first time, the planet will celebrate World Cities Day. The event will be held promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges to urbanization in establishing sustainable urban development and planning. Why is this important? Because cities matter. The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the...


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13.10.2014

An interview with Mukund Kumar – Office and Field Assistant

How long have you been at ICLEI South Asia and what is your role here? I have been a part of the ICLEI South Asia family since 2011. I have myriad roles here, from taking care of all bank-related issues, to submitting documents to various organisations, maintaining the office and office premises, helping with logistics for events, workshops and conferences organised by ICLEI South Asia etc.  How has the experience of working at ICLEI...


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10.10.2014

13 Indian cities will be competing this year for the EHCC 2015 crown

The 13 Indian cities that have been finalised to compete for the Global Earth Hour City Challenge 2015 are Ahmedabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Gwalior, Kota, Nashik, Panaji, Pune, Rajkot, Shimla and Thane. All the cities have successfully reported all relevant data on energy consumption, mitigation and adaptation actions, action plans, etc, on carbonn Climate Registry (cCR).   7 out of these 13 cities are from the...


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09.10.2014

Towards a Climate Resilient Panaji

On 24th September 2014, a day after the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the Corporation of the City of Panaji in collaboration with ICLEI South Asia organised a workshop to review the efforts undertaken so far and to plan for a climate resilient future for Panaji city. An initial version of Panaji City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory was released at the event by Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues,...


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07.10.2014

Pioneering Mayors unite to galvanize climate action

At the Climate Summit 2014, Mayors from around the world marched the streets of New York and unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action worldwide. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed.  "The Climate Summit 2014 marks a new peak in the journey of globally coordinated local climate action. This...


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24.09.2014

Global Mayors Compact - A powerful symbol of unity among the world’s cities

The number of cities committing to fight climate change is rising, and so does the level of their climate ambition. Many cities are now setting bolder targets of slashing 40, 70, 100 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and improving climate change resilience. Collectively, they will be crucial in delivering substantial cuts in global GHG emissions and ensuring the safety of their citizens, infrastructure and environment. This is...


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23.09.2014

Spotlight on Cochin, India - An interview with Mayor Tony Chammany

What would you describe as Cochin’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? The city of Cochin has a strong Solid Waste Management system that involves door-to-door collection, segregation and transportation of waste. We are also focusing on water transportation to ease the traffic congestion; a detailed project report will be prepared for this purpose. Another major achievement of the city is the preparation of the draft Master...


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22.09.2014

Congratulations to the winners of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition

Media is undoubtedly one of the best modes of spreading awareness. It has the power to reach out to millions, create a buzz and cause action. The second edition of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition, which has now been concluded, by GIZ, ICLEI South Asia, Asian College of Journalism, The Third Pole, DW Akademie and IFAT India aimed towards encouraging media coverage of environmental issues by acknowledging and awarding good...


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21.09.2014

Meet Ashish Verma - Manager (Energy and Climate)

With ICLEI South Asia for more than 5 years, Ashish has a Master’s degree in Energy Management from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He is an integral part of the Energy and Climate team and  focuses primarily on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon sustainable development.  What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? ICLEI has provided me with the...


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17.09.2014

Warm welcome to the Portuguese city of India into the ICLEI family

Slung along the banks of the wide Mandovi River, Panaji (also still widely known by its former Portuguese name Panjim), is the newest ICLEI member in the South Asian region. Goa’s small and spritely state capital since 1843, boasts its own laid-back brand of originality. Panaji means “land that never floods”. It has terraced hills, concrete buildings with balconies and red-tiled roofs, churches, and a riverside promenade. The Baroque Our Lady...


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16.09.2014

Briefing series unpacks climate change impacts for cities and other sectors

Scientists, corporate leaders, military strategists, financial analysts, and sustainability and conservation experts have all hailed a briefing series focusing on the implications of climate change for cities and various sectors.  Comprising the series are 13 briefings based on the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and compiled by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability...


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10.09.2014

Rejuvenating the Nehru Place District Centre

The Nehru Place Revitalization project began in July 2013 by ICLEI South Asia and partners with the funding support of the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. The project aims to develop a rejuvenation and reclaiming plan for one of Delhi’s prime commercial district centres, Nehru Place. With over 100,000 visitors each day, Nehru Place is the largest market for electronics and IT in the city, country and region, and is today a bustling yet...


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09.09.2014

The revised CPHEEO Solid Waste Management manual to be released soon!

ICLEI South Asia is supporting the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, under their Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Program, in revising the existing CPHEEO manual on municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM) in order to better support political decision-makers, administrative staff, supervisors and service providers in implementing an integrated municipal solid waste management system throughout the...


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05.09.2014

A common platform for sharing knowledge at the 2nd Asia BRTS Conference 2014

Urban mobility issues in Asian cities are escalating due to population growth, rapid rate of motorization and rapid growth of the city. As a result, the cities are facing acute problems of congestion, pollution and traffic safety. Public transit is widely accepted as a critical tool to mitigate these issues. Many Asian cities have looked at bus based systems as a sustainable option. Many successful Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS) around the...


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02.09.2014

ICLEI ACCCRN Process – Helping cities in strengthening awareness of potential climate risks

Watch out this space for the toolkit which will be released soon! Cities as centres of economic activities cater to half of the world’s population – and this share is growing. Not only as centres of growth but also as major consumers of resources, urban areas are one of the major emitters of greenhouse gases. In addition, these global emissions are leading to climate change and variability causing adverse impacts at the local level in terms...


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01.09.2014

People of Nashik promise to carry on the legacy of the Urban Nexus project

The Urban Nexus project created a remarkable impact on the city of Nashik, specially in Makhmalabad which was chosen as the place for pilot project implementation, in a short span of six months. The level of community involvement that this project witnessed is commendable. For the first time, as an outcome of the project implementations and initiatives, a tripartite agreement was signed between the local community, the Nashik Municipal...


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29.08.2014

Providing a perfect blend of adaptation and mitigation measures for Nashik

The first project to be using an integrated approach comprising of both adaptation and mitigation measures, the Nashik Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP) is progressing at a commendable pace. The ICLEI South Asia team has collected the energy and climate data, analysed the impact of energy consumption on climate change, identified the vulnerability of urban services due to climate change and ascertained the risk status for...


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28.08.2014

Jaisalmer and Kishangarh receive training for water quality testing

Citizens of Jaisalmer and Kishangarh will now be able to test and monitor water quality in their cities for the various parameters using the water testing kit; on which they recently received hands on training under the European Commission funded project on Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM). These training programmes in water quality monitoring were undertaken, on request from project cities, as part of...


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26.08.2014

Deadline extended for Earth Hour City Challenge

Registration for the Earth Hour City Challenge has been extended to 15 September, allowing interested cities ten extra days to confirm their involvement. Run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI and the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the EHCC initiative celebrates cities and towns that are taking actions to create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable urban environment, while inspiring other cities to do the same. Cities can register for EHCC...


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21.08.2014

Bogota Declaration echoes global voices in praising UrbanSDG

Cities are key to achieving sustainable development goals, states the new Bogota Declaration. The Declaration, to be presented at the Habitat III preparatory meeting in New York in September, is the main outcome document of the conference Rio+20 High-level Dialogue on Sustainable Cities, Transport and Tourism held on 10-12 August 2014 in Bogota, Colombia. Convening over 500 experts and local government leaders, the conference tackled...


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18.08.2014

ICLEI and WBCSD announce collaborative partnership

Advanced technology and innovation are urgently needed to ensure sustainable urban development. Sustainable and efficient solutions for urban transport and mobility can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise, improve air quality, and help to create high-quality public spaces. Technological solutions can contribute to enhancing and sustaining healthy ecosystems and ecosystem services, for example by reducing water...


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13.08.2014

Spotlight on Nashik, India – An interview with Mayor Yatin Wagh

"ICLEI South Asia has been working intensively with us. With their support, we at Nashik Municipal Corporation have started developing our own Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP) and are also looking into the benefits of an urban nexus approach for Nashik, through the identification of inter linkages between the water, energy and food sectors. We ardently hope that through the ICLEI - Nashik relationship, we will help Nashik...


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07.08.2014

An ardent welcome to the marble city of India – Kishangarh, Rajasthan

Known as the marble city of India, Kishangarh is located in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan and is famous for its artistic paintings, religious places and marble processing industries. The city is also known for its famous Bani Thani paintings, which have also been engraved on one of the Indian Governments' postal stamps. The city is strategically located in close proximity to Ajmer and Jaipur and is hence a prominent commercial...


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06.08.2014

Few days to go for submitting entries to the All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2014

As India moves on a path of rapid economic growth, environmental degradation is becoming severe. To take up and walk on the path of sustainable development, awareness and knowledge about the state of the environment and sustainable solutions are key. Media has a crucial role to play in sensitising people to environmental concerns and raise public awareness by providing environment-related information and analysis. Accurate, critical and...


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05.08.2014

Sensitisation programme prepares councilors in Kolkata to respond to climate change

Already now among the top ten cities with the highest exposure to flooding (according to an OECD paper of 2008) , Kolkata’s vulnerability to climate change is expected to increase even further. Conscious of such risks, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has included a “resource efficient” and “eco-friendly” growth goal in their Vision 2020 Strategy, aiming to “provide social amenities, community facilities and securities to all”. In their...


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04.08.2014

Creating innovative transformation in service delivery for Amritsar and Ludhiana

ICLEI's initiatives in Amritsar and Ludhiana get a boost through the World Bank's “Urban Transformation in Service Delivery in Amritsar and Ludhiana”, a project initiated by state Government of Punjab, in which ICLEI South Asia is assisting in developing an Environmental Management Action Plan. Ludhiana- a prominent industrial hub known to be the small scale industrial capital of India, and Amritsar - a huge pilgrimage centre catering to...


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31.07.2014

Meet Laasya Bhagavatula – Manager (Urban)

Having completed five years in ICLEI this month, Laasya is from an architecture and sustainable building design background. She is an integral part of the Urban team here at ICLEI South Asia and focuses primarily on projects related to sustainable built environments. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? The more you work in the sector, the more you realise that the philosophy of ICLEI to enable local action by...


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28.07.2014

Stories of change on climate compatible development from CDKN and ICLEI South Asia

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and 5 ICLEI offices joined forces to reflect on the drivers, barriers, enabling factors and innovative solutions that lead to climate compatible development at city and sub-national level and released ‘Inside stories’ from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. ICLEI South Asia worked with CDKN and partners in the region to develop four such Inside Stories. The ‘Inside...


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25.07.2014

GPC 2.0: Harmonized method for measuring cities’ GHG emissions open for public comments

After a successful nine-month pilot test from May 2013 to January 2014, the improved second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC 2.0) is now open for public comments until 18 August 2014. Practitioners and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and forestry, and city officials are invited to comment.  The GPC is a global framework that...


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24.07.2014

Steering Mandi and Dharamsala towards the path of resilience

Cities from the north-west region of India, Mandi and Dharamsala have now begun their journey of building resilience and taking action against the impacts of climate change through the introduction of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network project. A kick-off meeting and a series of introductory meetings had been organised by ICLEI South Asia, which aimed at presenting the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)...


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23.07.2014

Earth Hour City Challenge – Helping cities create climate friendly lifestyles

“Earth Hour City Challenge has clearly demonstrated that global level of ambition can be easily raised with ambitious local leaders and actions. Now it is the responsibility of national governments to tap this potential into the new global climate regime,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, the focal point of local governments at the UNFCCC. From 6 countries in 2012-13 to 14 in 2013-14 and 18 in 2014-15, the participants in...


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16.07.2014

2015 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award invites nominations

The 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award is now accepting nominations for its 5th edition. The award aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015, by recognizing outstanding best practices that can ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Agenda 21 and...


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14.07.2014

A walk down ICLEI’s memory lane with Mrs. Hansa Patel

“I was one of the speakers at the Summit and, as I was representing India, I was wearing a sari; when they called me on stage, they asked if the ‘lady in a sari’ could go up and give her opinion. I went and I said ‘Local governments are the strongest body as they are the level closest to the citizens. However, I am not an elected person: can I get my mayor?’ and went off to get Mr. Ranjit Chavan, at the time Mayor of Baroda, who...


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11.07.2014

Coimbatore invites bidders for managing the on-street parking system

In Coimbatore, a number of major corridors which have high demand for on-street parking have been identified to better understand the characteristics of the parking scenario in the city. Potential measures to reduce the parking demand have also been suggested by the ICLEI South Asia project team to the City Corporation including an appropriate pricing strategy. Recognising the efforts made, Coimbatore City Corporation has provisionally...


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10.07.2014

Meet Rashmi Sinha – Manager, Maharashtra Operations

With more than eight years of experience in the field of environment, Rashmi has been a part of the ICLEI family since 2008 and manages the activities of Maharashtra. She is currently working with Thane Municipal Corporation in developing green building policies and assessing the techno-economic feasibility of energy efficiency in street lighting in the city. She is also helping in developing a tool kit for Integrated Urban Water Management...


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09.07.2014

An adaptation primer dedicated to local governments in Asia

Local governments in Asia and elsewhere have to acknowledge that climate change is happening and adds another layer of complex challenges to their local sustainable development agenda. Clearly, the impacts of climate change - in combination with population growth, rapid urbanisation, increasing informal settlements and high economic inequality - are stretching the limits of urban infrastructure and systems, and jeopardise the provision of...


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08.07.2014

City of Coimbatore priding itself on a bin-free ward

Progressing under the ‘SUNYA – Towards zero waste management in South Asia’ project, ward no. 23 of R.S. Puram in Coimbatore, India, has now become a bin-free ward, marching towards achieving a zero waste status, through the adoption of several measures, including door to door collection of segregated waste , home composting and management of recyclables. As a result, all 89 garbage bins have been removed within the ward since they are no...


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01.07.2014

Helping Indian cities to identify finance opportunities for adaptation projects

Identifying priority urban resilience and infrastructure investment projects was the main aim of the city visits to Bhubaneswar and Mysore (India) by a team comprised of representatives from ICLEI South Asia and ADAPT Asia-Pacific from 9-13 June 2014. Previously, ICLEI South Asia had been working with these cities to help them develop Climate Resilience Strategies as part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)...


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30.06.2014

Hetauda bags the award for the cleanest city of Nepal 2014

ICLEI member city Hetauda was declared the cleanest city of Nepal for 2014 by the Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre under the Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal. The municipality was honored with a cash prize and a Letter of Appreciation during a programme organised in Lalitpur to announce the Cleanest City 2014. Hetauda stood out to be the winner because of its integrated and sustainable waste management schemes, green growth...


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27.06.2014

North-east Indian cities advance on their resilience building process

Two new cities – Kurseong and Gangtok, India, are now ready to take action against climate change and have begun the process of building local resilience through a series of introductory meetings (30-31 May 2014 in Kurseong, 2 June 2014 in Gangtok), organised by ICLEI South Asia to kick start the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project. Both cities are experiencing changes in the overall climate and rainfall patterns -...


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23.06.2014

Seize opportunities of a new Urban World to ensure a life of dignity for all, says ICLEI

The long-awaited UN Environment Assembly should seize opportunities of a new Urban World to safeguard the survival of planet Earth and all generations of humankind.  Welcoming the first United Nations Environment Assembly as a new player in the institutional framework for sustainable development, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability encourages government delegations and Ministers of Environment to reinvigorate bold policies and...


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19.06.2014

ICLEI member city Mumbai Scoops Global Sustainable City Project Award

The Gorai Garbage Site Closure Project in the city of Mumbai (India), ICLEI member since 2008, has become the winner of the City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2014. The prize is awarded by FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) and Barcelona City Hall, in order to recognise on an international scale any urban transformation processes experienced by a particular city anywhere in the world. The award was given in the hope that the method of...


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18.06.2014

Yet another feather in ICLEI’s cap – New member, Gangtok, India

An important centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim, India, is the newest member of the ICLEI family. Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town, which, once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities.  "Our city has benefited...


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17.06.2014

Climate action transparency key to trustworthiness

422 local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12% of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) 2013 Annual Report released recently at the UN Bonn Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany. New carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) report reveals that global voluntary reporting of local climate action triggers trustworthiness,...


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16.06.2014

On-ground work to help determine crucial issues and actions needed in Nashik

A two day visit was made to Nashik by the ICLEI South Asia team for the project Nashik Sustainable Urban Habitat Action Plan (SUHAP) to validate on the ground the information on energy consumption and critical issues regarding water supply, sewerage, solid waste etc. that had been collected through stakeholder dialogues and from different departments of Nashik Municipal Corporation. The visit was also an opportunity for the team to directly...


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13.06.2014

Meet Ashish Rao Ghorpade – Regional Executive Manager

An Architect and an Urban planner by training, Ashish Rao Ghorpade has been a part of the ICLEI family since 2008. His core areas of work at ICLEI South Asia are Urban Planning, Sustainable Urban Transport and Green Urban Built Environment. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? As an ICLEI employee, one is constantly interacting with local politicians, administrators, technical experts, local NGOs, institutions...


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12.06.2014

Matale engages students to achieve a state of zero waste

A framework for developing a zero waste management strategy for the city of Matale, operations and management of the existing box-composting plant, management of the existing dump site and streamlining current on-site composting practices in schools and institutions were the main topics of discussion of the recent visit of ICLEI South Asia team to Matale, Sri Lanka for the European Commission funded ‘SUNYA – Towards Zero Waste Management in...


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11.06.2014

Key Findings from the Intergovernmental IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Cities account for 37–49% of global greenhouse gas emissions and urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use. This is just one of the facts found in the “Climate Change: Implications for Cities - Key Findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.” ICLEI President David Cadman stressed the relevance for integrated climate action at the local level, a process led by local governments in...


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09.06.2014

Asia-Pacific countries chart the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda

“For the last 20 years, through Local Agenda 21 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability mobilized thousands of communities to discuss and localize the concept of sustainability but if we want to ensure a full transformation of all our settlements, we need a standalone goal on Sustainable cities and human settlements, considering the relevance that cities and other territories have for poverty eradication, sustainable infrastructure...


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08.06.2014

Spotlight on Kota, India – An interview with Mayor Ratna Jain

“ICLEI has helped me to build capacity to act in an innovative manner. It is helping me fulfill my dreams to make my city clean, green and livable.” What would you describe as Kota’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? Kota has been a part of the ‘Development of Solar Cities’ programme sanctioned by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India, which has supported our city in the preparation of a road map to become a...


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04.06.2014

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report now out!

“Developing and emerging economies account for 70% of countries globally which support Renewable Energy uptake through relevant policies and actions,”comments Emani Kumar, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Deputy Secretary General and ICLEI South Asia Executive Director, on the newly released Renewables 2014 Global Status Report. “Cities and regions are adopting very ambitious goals of meeting 100% of the energy demand by...


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03.06.2014

Rajasthan IUWM cities advance forward with support from the State

The State Government of Rajasthan has embarked on an initiative to establish a State Level IUWM (Integrated Urban Water Management) Committee, comprising of departments related to water and allied sectors at the State level to facilitate uptake of principles and practices based on IUWM at the State level. This was one of the key outcomes of the State level review meeting held in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 26 March 2014 for the EU funded...


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02.06.2014

New film captures how Asian cities are responding to climate change

FULL VIDEO available here! According to Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, released by the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change in March this year, Asian cities are expected to suffer particularly acutely from the impacts of global warming. Flooding, heat stress, extreme precipitation, drought and water scarcity are already having a profound effect on city dwellers across the continent. Through a three year...


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02.06.2014

The role of finance for a safer place to live at the 4th GIB Summit

'Without sustainable energy, we will not meet the Millennium Development Goals. Let us work to bring sustainable energy to the developing countries’, said Ratna Jain, Mayor of Kota, India, at the 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB) summit, the world’s leading platform for sustainable infrastructure financing which brought together high-level decision-makers from around the world to advance sustainable infrastructure. Held on...


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21.05.2014

Lighting the roads of Thane in an energy efficient way – ESCO street lighting

ICLEI South Asia will provide lead services to assist in structuring and developing an Energy Service Company (ESCO) project for 10,000 street lights for improving the illumination level of the city of Thane; ensuring large scale energy efficiency in municipal street lighting, modernising and ensuring the proper operation and maintenance of street lighting services in the city; with the sole aim of reducing the energy burden of the...


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19.05.2014

Collective intelligence to work towards a better future

Do you have ideas about how to deal with climate change? If yes, Climate CoLab’s 2014 series of contests could be your platform to come and share, with people from all over the world, your thoughts and proposals about what to do about climate change!   The goal of the Climate CoLab is to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all around the world to address global climate change. Inspired by systems like...


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18.05.2014

A new inclusion to the ICLEI family – Singra, Bangladesh

Bound by the historical Chalan beel in the East, Singra is the newest ICLEI member in the South Asian region. Established in 1999, Singra, one of the eight municipalities of the district Natore in Rajshahi Division in the North West region of Bangladesh, is a small town with a current population of 53,322.  Mayor of Singra, Shamim Al Razi, commented, “Singra has been facing major climate changes like droughts and change in rainfall...


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16.05.2014

Meet Bedoshruti Sadhukan – Senior Manager (Sustainability)

With a Masters degree in Environment Management, Bedoshruti has been a part of the ICLEI South Asia family from 2007 and is a part of the sustainability management team, working on ecoBudgeting, water and waste related issues. She is also involved in climate adaptation projects. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? Through ICLEI I have helped cities to develop integrated environmental management and poverty...


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09.05.2014

Improved access to finance opportunities for Kota, Galle, Dhaka and Thimphu

Senior financial officials from ICLEI member cities from the South Asian region, Kota (India), Galle (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Thimphu (Bhutan) availed the opportunity to learn the process of improving the creditworthiness and access to finance of their cities for climate-related infrastructure by being a part of the Second City Creditworthiness Academy which was held in Seoul, South Korea, on April 21-26,...


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08.05.2014

AdoptIUWM cities come together to review progress and share experiences

A Review cum Sharing Workshop for Urban Local Bodies in Development was conducted by the European Commission at Pune on 3rd and 4th April, 2014 in which officials from project cities for Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities (AdoptIUWM) - Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Solapur and Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra, came together with the ICLEI South Asia team, stakeholders and experts from other EU funded projects, with...


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07.05.2014

Spotlight on Singra, Bangladesh: An interview with Mayor Shamim Al Razi

What would you describe as Singra’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? Singra has been facing major climate changes like droughts and change in rainfall pattern since the last few years. The city’s main concerns are water logging and ground water table depletion. To deal with this, we have built an embankment area in the Chalan Bill, which is the country's largest wetland, so as to prevent water logging during heavy rainfall...


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06.05.2014

Seven cities finalised for an assessment of their green growth potentials

Kota, Agra, Cochin, Shimla, Dehradun, Agartala and Ludhiana are the first seven proud cities that have been finalised for the project ‘Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian cities’ and will be assessed for their green growth potential and opportunities. The selection of the remaining five cities will be done post elections.  Kota, the third largest city in the state of Rajasthan has been chosen as the pilot city for the project...


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01.05.2014

Coimbatore now ready for an on-street parking management system

The preparation of an on-street parking management strategy is in process for the city of Coimbatore (India) by ICLEI South Asia, with support from the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu and under the Shakti Sustainable energy foundation funded ‘Framework for Tamil Nadu state urban transport policy’ project. Parking is considered one of the major transport issues in urban areas. To overcome this...


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28.04.2014

Agro-education – A unique platform to create awareness and sensitisation among students

Awareness generation towards farming practices, importance of organic farming and sensitisation towards environmental degradation among school children was the objective behind the day long visit for more than 25 students and teachers from 5 schools in Nashik. The group had been invited to an agricultural farm in the Makhmalabad area which, after discussions with the stakeholders and owing to its intensive grape production and rapid...


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21.04.2014

Exchange of experiences and learning at the Urban LEDS study tour

As a step towards helping Urban-LEDS cities learn more about innovative urban low-carbon solutions, a study tour was organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability from 4-11 April 2014. The study tour showcased highly relevant examples of waste to energy solutions, green buildings and districts as well as low emission transport solutions in three leading European cities participating in the Urban-LEDS project, to facilitate an...


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15.04.2014

Meet Niroop Abbu – Manager (Urban)

An Urban Planner by qualification, Niroop joined ICLEI South Asia in October 2009. Based at ICLEI South Asia Southern Centre in Hyderabad, he is involved in a number of projects, including Earth Hour City Challenge, HEAT+, Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM), SUNYA – Towards zero waste in South Asia and Solar Township, which is a part of the bigger Development of Solar cities programme.  What has your contribution to...


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09.04.2014

Urban LEDS Energy Efficient street lighting – Request for proposal

ICLEI South Asia, under the European Commission funded Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS) project, seeks the services of a technical consultant who will support ICLEI South Asia in assessing the techno-economic feasibility of the ESCO project –being developed by ICLEI South Asia for implementation of  10000 street lights for improving the illumination level of Thane city. The...


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09.04.2014

Brand new addition to the ICLEI congregation – Nashik, India

Located in the north-west of Maharashtra, India, Nashik is the newest South Asian member of the ICLEI family. With a population of 1.5 million, Nashik is the third largest city in Maharashtra. The city is also known as the Wine Capital of India since it accounts to a large amount of the country's grape export and adobe of many vineyards in and around Nashik. It also plays an utmost important role in agriculture - onion, tomatoes and many other...


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08.04.2014

Spotlight on Matale, Sri Lanka: An interview with Mayor Hilmy Mohamed

What would you describe as Matale’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? ICLEI  has played a major role in solving our waste management problems by implementing the ‘SUNYA-Towards zero waste in South Asia’ project with assistance from the European Union, as well as by creating awareness among city officials and citizens in Matale of the 3R principles (Reduce, Reuse and Re-cycle). As an example, the SUNYA project has...


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07.04.2014

‘Close to home’: learning and lessons on climate compatible development

The battle for climate compatible development will be won or lost at the subnational level: in provinces, districts and cities. This is the starting point of the working paper newly released by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: Close to home: Subnational strategies for climate compatible development by Barbara Anton, Ali Cambray, Mairi Dupar and Astrid Westerlind-Wigstroem with...


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04.04.2014

Ashish Rao-Ghorpade talks about the SOLUTIONS project on India Transport Portal

Ashish Rao- Ghorpade, Senior Manager at ICLEI South Asia and Oliver Lah, project coordinator at the Wuppertal Institute talk about the SOLUTIONS project and its worldwide initiatives at the recent interview with India Transport Portal. The SOLUTIONS (Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation) project aims to support the exchange on innovative and green urban mobility solutions between cities from Europe, Latin America, Asia...


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01.04.2014

How do people in South Asia live with climate change? Insight into Climate Asia reports

How do people in Asia live with climate change now?  How will it impact their future and how will they shape their own environment? These are the questions behind Climate Asia, a BBC Media Action study – the largest ever carried out so far - of people’s experience of climate change in seven Asian countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam). Using both quantitative and qualitative research, the Climate Asia...


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28.03.2014

Coimbatore - the 2014 crown bearer of Indian National Earth Hour Capital!

At a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on 27 March 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) awarded Coimbatore as the National Earth Hour Capital for India; Cape Town, South Africa was awarded the Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. Over 160 cities from 14 countries joined the competition, more than double the participation from last year. This year, the jury paid particular attention to each city’s level of ambition and innovation for low carbon...


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28.03.2014

Howrah and Bhubaneswar, India, advance on their Solar City path

The month of March was busy with Solar Cities activities for the ICLEI South Asia team, from collecting information to finalise Howrah’s solar city master plan, to meeting the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) high-level committee and get approval for the Bhubaneswar’s one. The MNRE Development of Solar Cities programme is supporting 60 urban local authorities in India in their transition to become a Solar City; ICLEI South Asia has...


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27.03.2014

60+ Earth Hour: A commitment to the planet to act beyond the hour

Millions of people across the world will switch off their lights for an hour on 29 March 2014, Saturday at 8:30 pm to raise awareness for the wonderful planet we share and live in.  Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney,...


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24.03.2014

Shimla bags the award for the “Best City for Public Services”

ICLEI member city Shimla was recently awarded as the Indian “Best City for Public Services” at an event organised by the ABP News Group in New Delhi on March 11, 2014. Shimla, also known as the ‘Queen of hills’, stood in good stead to win the title under the category ‘Public Services’ for its reliable transportation system, low frequency of power cuts, a well maintained water supply system, and adequate provisions and facilities for tourists...


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22.03.2014

Assessing the scope of ADAPT Finance through city visits

ICLEI South Asia along with its project partners made the first city visit to two of the three project cities, namely Shimla and Bhubaneswar, from 10-14 March 2014 under the project “Climate Adaptation Project Preparation and Financing in Urban India (ADAPT Finance)”. The project team includes ICLEI South Asia, ADAPT Asia Pacific, and Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). This project builds on the Climate Resilience Strategies...


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21.03.2014

Launching the ACCCRN project in Northeast India through Shillong

Shillong is one the main project cities under the Rockefeller Foundation funded ACCCRN (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network) project of ICLEI South Asia where the ICLEI ACCCRN Process, a toolkit developed by ICLEI South Asia, is being applied to help the city develop a Climate Change Resilience Strategy. A launching workshop and the first stakeholder consultation workshop under the project were organised on 4 March 2014 in...


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20.03.2014

WHO Collaborating Centre launches online courses on water and sanitation

It is well known that water treatment at household level can lead to dramatic improvements in drinking water quality. But does Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) also have a global relevance? What are the potential solution methods and how do they function? Is there a standard strategy for successful HWTS-implementation or can we identify key components which make programs more likely to succeed? Aiming towards answering...


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18.03.2014

Meet Soumya Chaturvedula – Regional Manager

Soumya Chaturvedula is an environmental engineer by training and works in the fields of solid waste, wastewater and water management and climate change mitigation. She is responsible for climate mitigation activities within ICLEI South Asia. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? I have been actively involved in developing decentralised waste water solutions in cities, low carbon solutions in municipal service...


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15.03.2014

Takeaways from Thane Solar cell’s awareness activity

Teams from numerous schools presented their projects based on Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at ‘Oorja – The Power of Dreams’, an inter-school science carnival organised by Shreerang Education Society, Thane. This awareness activity conducted under the Solar Cell, Thane, witnessed the participation of more than 500 people, including representatives of the Thane Municipal Corporation and ICLEI South...


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14.03.2014

Spotlight on Thimphu (Bhutan) – An interview with Honorable Mayor Kinlay Dorjee

What would you describe as Thimphu’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? With regard to solid waste management, we are focusing on recycling our household wastes. The city of Thimphu has started supporting private individuals venturing into waste collection and segregation. In some parts of the city, the organic waste is being collected separately for composting into manure at the composting plant.  Such initiative has...


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13.03.2014

Analysing the efficiency of the urban built environment in India

The first review meeting of the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation funded ‘Status review of efficiency in the urban built environment’ project was held on 19-20 February 2014 and was attended by representatives from ICLEI South Asia, Shakti Foundation and external advisors from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss and evaluate the project activities undertaken so far and prepare a roadmap for next steps in the...


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12.03.2014

Meet C.Sellakrishnan, Manager of Tamil Nadu Operations

C. Sellakrishnan is a postgraduate in Town and Country Planning from Anna University, Chennai, with almost twelve years of experience in urban and regional planning projects. He joined ICLEI South Asia in 2008 and is the Manager of Tamil Nadu Operations. He is loved and appreciated for his continuous hard work and simplicity. What has your contribution to city governments been through ICLEI? I have been working with ICLEI South Asia for...


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09.03.2014

Gaining an edge by the ICLEI South Asia – ITDP India engagement

Recognising the commonalities, ICLEI South Asia has been engaging with the Institute for Transportation Development and Policy India (ITDP) in Tamil Nadu to prepare sustainable transport proposals and budgeting them to be implemented in one and five year terms. ICLEI and ITDP joined forces to strengthen support to the Indian cities of Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem and Tiruppur to help them understand the mobility issues at city...


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07.03.2014

Maharashtra IUWM cities undergo water quality monitoring training

As part of the EU funded Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM), ICLEI South Asia - in partnership with Development Alternatives - helped the Municipal staff, NGOs and institutions in the project cities of Ichalkaranji and Solapur to get hands on training on water quality monitoring. Both project cities in Maharashtra have been provided with a portable water quality testing kit, which will be stationed at the...


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06.03.2014

What does "Resource Efficiency" mean to cities? Results from a Global City Survey.

As the functioning and wellbeing of the world’s cities relies on significant supplies of natural resources, increasing resource inefficiencies, scarcity and degradation threaten to constrain the future growth and sustainable development of cities. 10 South Asian cities from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India, amongst the 98 across 38 countries and 7 regions participated in the Global City Survey on Resource-Efficiency in...


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04.03.2014

3R concept, plastic bag free areas and zero waste wards for SUNYA cities

Reviewing the activities of the past year and planning for the current one was the focus of the fourth partner meeting of SUNYA-Towards Zero Waste in South Asia, organised by Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) and ICLEI South Asia from 18-20 February 2014 in Coimbatore, India. The meeting, witnessed the participation of a plethora of esteemed guests like the Mayor of Coimbatore, Shri S.M. Velusamy; the Commissioner of Coimbatore, Ms....


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03.03.2014

Spotlight on Coimbatore (India) - Interview with Hon'ble Mayor S M Velusamy

ICLEI South Asia has started a series of interviews with our member city Mayors and Commissioners, to get to know them and their cities better and find out how ICLEI South Asia has helped them achieve their sustainability goals. First in this series is Honorable Mayor S M Velusamy, Mayor of Coimbatore, India. What would you describe as Coimbatore’s main achievements in the field of sustainability? With the support and guidance from our...


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25.02.2014

Stakeholders push forward Urban LEDS in Thane

Introducing the “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries” (Urban LEDS) project to stakeholders and seeking their feedback formed the base of the First Stakeholder Consultation meeting held on 13th February 2014 at Thane Municipal Corporation. The main agenda of the meeting was to gain inputs from the stakeholders to take forward the Urban LEDS project through the provision of expertise and experience...


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19.02.2014

Agro-education to bring forward the Nexus approach in Nashik

The GIZ Eschborn funded 'Operationalization of Nexus Approaches in Nashik city' project is making concrete progress by taking activities on ground and preparing the base for successful implementation of nexus approaches in the city. The third city visit to Nashik aimed towards having a one-to-one interaction with different identified stakeholders to discuss about various issues like resource constraints, knowing more about local...


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17.02.2014

Parking management and BRT networks to improve transport in Tamil Nadu cities

'Sustainable cities through Transport’ was the focus of the workshop organised for 5 Tamil Nadu cities on 23 January 2014 in Chennai (India), by the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu, with support from the Institute for Transport Development and Policy (ITDP) and ICLEI South Asia. Presided by the Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Law, Courts and Prison, Thiru K.P.Munusamy as Chief...


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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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