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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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)...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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)...



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...



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 -...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



‘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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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....



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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?...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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),...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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)...



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’....



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....



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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,...



SOLUTIONS calls out for cities to share sustainable urban transport knowledge

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



Competition starts among Indian cities for title of EHCC Indian Capital

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



European – South Asian exchange towards zero waste cities

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



ICLEI South Asia contributes to improving municipal SWM in India

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



Green Pilgrimage Network more than doubles in size

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



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

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



Rockefeller Foundation Opens 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

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



Adaptation and urban infrastructures: reports now available!

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



SUS project advancing sustainability on the ground

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



Malé and Kaohsiung become sister cities

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



First steps taken on path towards greener pilgrimage cities

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



Solar City of Coimbatore to install solar concentrator on local school

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



Competition open for environmental journalists!

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



Webinar on Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 on 10 July 2013

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



ICLEI welcomes new Deputy Secretary Generals

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



REN21 Global Status Report finally released!

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



South Asian cities and tools on stage at Resilient Cities 2013

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



ICLEI’s toolkit helps more cities become resilient

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



South Asian cities prove their commitment to adaptation

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



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

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



Maharashtra cities join Rajasthan ones in pioneering IUWM approach in India

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



Nashik, India, tackles climate change through SUHAP

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



CfL Summit report helps cities prepare for COP 12 in Korea

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



Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan to pioneer Indian approach to IUWM

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



Cochin gets ready to become a Solar City

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



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

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



Locally pressing issues identified by SUS cities

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



Ground water level in Guntur selected as focus of SUS training

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



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

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



Non Motorised Coimbatore on stage at Clean Energy Ministerial

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



Congratulations to New Delhi, National Earth Hour Capital!

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



Indian cities to pilot Integrated Urban Water Management projects

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



Supporting Urban Sustainability workshops engage stakeholders in Rajshahi and Thimphu

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



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

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



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

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



Thane and Rajkot commit to showcase low carbon development strategies

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



Awareness raising initiatives on waste segregation in SUNYA project cities

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



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

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



Barisal quick to act upon its commitment to adaptation

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



EHCC: New Delhi, Kochi and Coimbatore are finalists

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



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

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



Revising India’s manual on solid waste management

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



Changwon at the Urban Mobility India conference in Delhi

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



Climate seminar: identifying cities' challenges to resilience

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



COP 18: Cities hold the key to Doha Climate Gateway

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



How is climate change affecting urban India?

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



Are Indian cities ready for non-motorised transport?

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



Cities in Tamil Nadu to enforce energy efficient building code

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



Mayors of Tamil Nadu in Seoul for World Mayors Council

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



'Cities for Life' puts biodiversity back on urban agenda

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



The Hyderabad Declaration: city leaders pledge for biodiversity

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



LAB India programme launch: ten cities sign up

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



The Hyderabad Biodiversity Index: a first for Indian cities

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



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

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



Jayanthi Natarajan highlights city biodiversity summit

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



GHMC press conference ahead of city biodiversity summit

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



ICLEI & ARC launch Indian Green Pilgrim Network

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



Cities of the world band together for urban biodiversity

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



City biodiversity summit alongside CBD COP 11

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



Launch of Green Pilgrimage Network: the India chapter

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



AsianCitiesAdapt meeting brings stakeholders on board

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



ICLEI Asia supports BRTS initiative

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



Training in Delhi for SUNYA's local project coordinators

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


Stakeholder Workshop in Rajkot Launches CapaCITIES

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


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