Capacity Building Project on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES Phase II)

Pathway: Low emission development

Today, cities account for approximately two-thirds of global energy use and over 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that drive global climate change. In India, increased demand for energy, infrastructure and services is putting city systems under pressure. This will be accentuated further by growing risks caused by climate variability. Poor and vulnerable segments of the city populations will be affected most. Through the Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development project (CapaCITIES), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Global Programme Climate Change will support and accelerate the Government of India’s efforts for sustainable urbanization.

The goal of CapaCITIES is to strengthen the capacities of Indian cities to identify, plan and implement measures for achieving lower greenhouse gas emissions growth path and enhancing resilience to climate change in an integrated manner.

After the successful implementation of the first phase (2016-19), the project, in its second phase (2019-23), is focusing on enhancing the capacity of 8 Indian cities and replicating it across 2 select states. The project is working towards mainstreaming climate action in urban development through the adoption of integrated climate-resilient planning, the design of innovative finance mechanisms, and the development of climate-resilient infrastructure. The project is bringing together Indo-Swiss in the sectors of water, waste, and transport to demonstrate scalable solutions of urban climate action in India, with global relevance.

Project States and Cities: Tamil Nadu – Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore; Gujarat – Vadodara, Ahemdabad, Rajkot; Siliguri, and Udaipur.

Duration: 2019-2023

  • City and state governments integrate climate change aspects (adaptation and mitigation) into urban planning and implementation.
  • Enhanced capacities of city and state governments to access finance for scaled-up urban climate action.
  • Enhanced knowledge on accelerating city climate action at the national and global level.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

South Pole Group (Switzerland), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, and econcept (Switzerland) together constitute the Consortium that works with several other partner organisations/international experts, together forming the project Implementation Agency (IA).

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