Indian cities are at the core of the economic transformation being envisaged by the Government of India. Considering the anticipated growth in cities, local governments face enormous challenges in providing urban infrastructure and services that match the growing demand sustainably while ensuring good quality of life for its citizens. In this context, Green Growth- an approach which integrates economic and social objectives with environmental goals becomes very relevant to address the situation.
Conceptualized with this background, the project on Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities was started in January 2014. Implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – South Asia and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with support and technical inputs from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the project has now concluded with the launch of its 3 volume report:
The initiative entailed developing a Green Growth framework for Indian cities, piloting the same for 10 Indian cities and compiling a set of 15 good practices relevant to the Indian urban context. This involved assessing the current status of growth of Indian cities, understanding emerging growth patterns and trends and developing strategies that can guide growth to achieve multiple development benefits while pursuing economic growth.
Over 15 Indian cities actively participated in this initiative that lasted over twelve months and contributed by sharing their good practices, challenges and perceptions of green growth in their cities.
As the national government launches new programs such as SMART cities, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Urban Renewal Mission and HRIDAY (Heritage Rejuvenation and Development) Scheme, the reports provide useful inputs to enable cities in pursuing an inclusive green growth agenda.
To obtain a hard copy of the report, please write to Ashish Rao-Ghorpade at ashish.rao-ghorpade@. iclei.org
For more information on the project, click here.