February 2012
 
IN THIS ISSUE
    Point of View
    News and Updates
     Latest Events
     Member city news
 

POINT OF VIEW


This year, ICLEI South Asia looks forward to being involved in some long-term low carbon and renewable energy initiatives in the region as well as international events promoting local action for global sustainability. These include Resilient Cities 2012, the third global forum on urban resilience and adaptation in Bonn, Germany and the ICLEI World Congress in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. We encourage the participation of local government representatives in the region, as these events will explore diverse contexts, and provide a global platform for the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Emani Kumar Executive Director

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

International Urban Research Symposium @ ICLEI World Congress 2012

The third International Urban Research Symposium at the ICLEI World Congress aims to bridge the gap between research and practice. The event is complementary to and integrated with the ICLEI World Congress 2012, taking place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 14-18 June.

Get involved and find out more at www.iclei.org/ worldcongress2012

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Resilient Cities 2011


The 3rd global forum on urban resilience and adaptation will be held once again in Bonn, Germany from 12 to 15 May, 2012.

Take a look at www.iclei.org/bonn2012 or contact the congress team at resilient.cities@iclei.org

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ICLEI World Congress 2012

14-18 June 2012, Belo Horizonte/Brazil


The ICLEI World Congress 2012 will be held from 14 to 18 June in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Here, ICLEI Members will consolidate a strong message of local government action to take forward to the Rio+20 Conference.

Visit www.iclei.org/ worldcongress2012 where registration will open from early February, or contact world.congress@iclei.org.

--------------------------------- Rio+20 Global Town Hall at the UN Rio+20 conference

13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil


On from 13 to 22 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Rio+20 meet will build on milestone UN conferences such as the Stockholm Environment Summit in 1972, the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and the 2002 Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development – it is a rare and potentially historic opportunity for the global community.

Find out more on www.iclei.org/local2012 or contact GlobalTownHall@iclei.org

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NEWS AND UPDATES

Bringing hygiene home


Now entering its third year, the ACCESSanitation project is in the midst of preparing local action plans for focus areas in Hosakote, Rajahmundry, Vikarabad, Tirippur, and Vasai Virar in southern India. Focus group discussions have been held in each city and specific sanitation needs have been identified.

A household lever survey has been conducted in these cities and based on the subsequent analysis of this information, local action plans were strengthened. Four of five pilot areas in the participating cities have indicated that the lack of accessible and hygienic toilets are the main cause for open defecation in these areas.

Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu is actively participating in the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme for promoting elementary education. Under this scheme, an effort is being made to improve sanitation facilities for students of the Jaiva Bai Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School. Given that the school has 7500 girl students, a need to further strengthen the provision of sanitation facilities has been identified by the school authorities and prioritized by the Municipal Corporation. Hence, the local action plan for Tiruppur will focus on developing a school sanitation action plan for the school.

The solar city movement gathers steam


The Solar Cities Programme helps urban local authorities prepare a road map to becoming Renewable Energy Cities or Solar Cities. ICLEI South Asia aims to help cities reduce 10% of their conventional energy consumption by adopting renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

The five master plans approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy so far are for the cities Thane, Aizawl, Kohima, Kalyan Dombivli and Agra.

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Helping the island of Jeju mitigate climate change


ICLEI South Asia is contributing to the development of training material on climate change mitigation in cities for the JEJU International Training Center in the Republic of Korea.

The programme is designed to assist local government officials and professionals working with local governments in dealing with the challenges of depleting resources and climate change in the 21st century.

Low carbon initiatives could make cities richer


ICLEI South Asia, supported by the British High Commission in India, has initiated a project titled ‘Integrating Urban Climate Guidelines through Clean Technologies (RE & EE) at the State and City Level to Build Sustainable Low Carbon Cities’ in the states of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. The project aims at mainstreaming urban low carbon actions and leveraging national/international finance for urban low carbon actions. With the aim to build sustainable low carbon cities through the integration of clean technologies, the project cities involved are Trichy, Tirunelveli & Coimbatore from Tamil nadu and Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur from Rajasthan.

Over a period of 21 months, activities will be initiated and monitored in these six cities and based upon this experience, the project aims to form well-informed, comprehensive guidelines for state governments to implement.

Summing up Delhi’s climate change initiatives


ICLEI South Asia, with the Department of Environment, Government of Delhi, is set to quantify all the initiatives undertaken by the Delhi Government to combat climate change. This study will help the Delhi Government prepare a reliable GHG inventory, energy need inventory and action plan for GHG mitigation.

 

MEMBER CITY NEWS

Realising DReAMS in Rajshahi

The project Realising DReAMS (Development of Resources and Access to Municipal Services)works with cities in India, Bangladesh and Bhutan to achieve sustainability in the provision of improved services and urban governance to city populations.

As a part of this project, a second project meeting is being organised in Rajshahi from 12 to 22 February, 2012. At the meeting, the commissioner of Guntur, K. Sudhakar, will present Guntur’s experience with the implementation of two environmental management tools under this project -- the ecoBUDGET (http://www.ecobudget.org) and the Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS). Representatives from the Bologne Municipality will also attend the meeting to share their experience with sustainable environmental management.

Member city Tirupati goes green

India is one of the world's largest producers of carbon credits. The clean development mechanism is offering an incentive of companies to innovate and find low cost green technologies.

The BBC gets an exclusive look at how one temple in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is going green. (Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16798580)


Tenali wins ‘green city’ award

Tenali Municipality was presented a gold trophy in New Delhi for being the ‘Green City' of the country at the 6th Plasticon Awards 2012.

Tenali town, which is a pioneer in the segregation of solid waste in Andhra Pradesh, set a popular example indicating that source segregation was the only solution to converting waste into a resource, said Uday Singh upon receiving the award.

Tenali Municipality has focused on garbage segregation since 2010 and was the first town to ban plastics three years ago.



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