April 2012
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In an exciting move, UN Habitat, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability and the European Commission are collaborating on a major international initiative that encourages cities to lower their emissions as they grow. Under the project, commonly referred to as URBAN-LEDS, ICLEI South Asia will be developing low emission strategies for two cities in line with India’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) guidelines. This project assumes national significance in this regard, as the Government of India could benefit from showcasing the emission targets of cities under URBAN-LEDS. For more information on this project: Click Here

Emani Kumar Executive Director



Stakeholders meet in Chennai for low carbon initiative

A half-day stakeholder consultation on ‘Integrating urban climate guidelines through clean technologies (RE&EE) at the state and city level to build sustainable low carbon cities’ is to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 18 April at The Raintree Hotel in Alwarpet, Chennai. During the half-day session, project city representatives in Chennai, state officials from Tamil Nadu’s Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, the urban development department, environment ministry, energy department, engineering division and all relevant stakeholders will discuss the project and its outcomes, as well as share effective development approaches from their cities, with the aim of piecing together the best way forward. Read more


Assessing the

As part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project, ICLEI South Asia, in collaboration with ARUP is organising a two-day Evaluation Workshop at the Royal Plaza Hotel in New Delhi on 18 and 19 April to assess the effectiveness of the ACCCRN toolkit. In its Dissemination and Replication phase, the project combines everything learnt across 10 pilot cities to develop a tool to help cities come up with Climate Resilience Strategy Plans. The toolkit is being developed by ICLEI and is being implemented and tested in three cities: Bhubaneshwar, Mysore and Shimla. Representatives of the three cities will also be participating in the workshop. Read more


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Building low carbon cities in Rajasthan and
Tamil Nadu

The first state-level meet on “Integrating urban climate guidelines through clean technologies (RE&EE) at the state and city level to build sustainable low carbon cities”, a project jointly supported by the British High Commission and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 12 March at The Fern -An Ecotel Hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Project activities are to be initiated and monitored in seven cities: Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; and in Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Read more

Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur see new action
plan on low carbon living

Following the stakeholder consultation in Jaipur on 12 March, another meeting was held on ‘Integrating urban climate guidelines through clean technologies (RE&EE) at the state and city level to build sustainable low carbon cities’ in Jodhpur on 2 April. The meeting was held to discuss an action plan that was drafted for Jodhpur using guidelines based on how to build low carbon cities in a low-cost, sustainable manner. Similar meetings were held in Kota on 2 April and in Udaipur on 3 April after action plans were drafted for both cities.

UN-Habitat and EC sign major agreement on
lower-emission city growth; ICLEI as main
implementing partner

UN-Habitat and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement to begin a project that encourages cities to lower their emissions as they grow. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, will serve as the main implementing partner. The project entitled ‘Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries’ (URBAN-LEDS) responds to the European Commission’s priority objective of climate change mitigation. ICLEI South Asia will be looking to work with seven cities in India, out of which five will be satellite cities. The organisation will be drafting an Expression of Interest (EOI) and will finalise these cities as per their response. This EUR 6.7 million project will run from 1 March 2012 to 31 August 2015. Read more

Howrah to go solar

Howrah Municipal Corporation, under the mayor Mamta Jaiswal, has accepted ICLEI South Asia’s offer to prepare a master plan for the city as part of the Solar Cities Programme. Howrah, often referred to as Kolkata’s twin city is an industrial city in West Bengal. The two cities are connected by the Howrah Bridge, a bridge that spans the Hooghly River.



New ICLEI members from India and Bangladesh

Kolkata, India: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is now officially an ICLEI member. Kolkata is the commercial, cultural and educational centre of eastern India and as of last year, was the third most populous metropolitan area in India. With approximately 4.5 million residents, Kolkata is consistently faced with challenges of a vast urban population, traffic, poverty and other development issues.

Barisal, Bangladesh: Barisal city in Bangladesh also recently joined the ICLEI family. Barisal is an old port town in southern Bangladesh, on the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal. About 140 km from the capital, Dhaka, it covers an area of 19.99 sq. km. The organisation looks forward to working for and with both these cities.

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