January 2012
 
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POINT OF VIEW


The Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change since 1995. Along the sidelines of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability organized the ‘Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate – towards COP17/ CMP7 and beyond.

The Convention brought together 114 mayors and other elected local leaders representing over 950 local governments from around the world in the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter, a political commitment to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

South Asian cities who attended the Convention and signed the Charter were the mayor of Delhi, Prof. Rajni Abbi, the mayor of Coimbatore, S M Vellusamy, and the mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan, Kinlay Dorjee.

By signing the Charter, local governments have committed to mainstream adaptation and mitigation into development planning, and seek newer, innovative funding mechanisms towards this goal.

Emani Kumar Executive Director

 
 

MEMBER CITY NEWS

Member city Vijayawada to become a solar city

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has planned to transform Vijayawada into a solar city. VMC has set a goal of reduction in the demand of conventional energy through saving energy by following energy-efficiency measures and generation from renewable energy installations.

For this it would switch to new street lighting system in the city by installing solar lights as a part of its Solar City Project, which has been approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Resources (MNRE). Vijayawada is one of the 16 cities identified under the Rajiv Solar Energy Mission Project by the Central government.

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Member Tenali municipality wins Clean Earth award


Tenali municipality of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, a member of ICLEI, has won the CII & JCB Clean Earth award for excellence in solid waste management. The Tenali model of women volunteers as supervisors for door to door garbage collection and source segregation, and the  collection of user charges has been held up as an example of a local solution to a local problem. Tenali municipality has won 5 national prizes in solid waste management since March 2010.

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Bhubaneswar to have action plan to make city climate resilient

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), India is preparing an action plan to make the city resilient to climatic challenges. The climate change threats in Bhubaneswar are being assessed before the plan will be implemented. ICLEI South Asia will help the civic body prepare the action plan and provide the corporation with any technical support they may require.





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NEWS AND UPDATES

Post COP -17- Durban outcomes:
nations invest in time, world must invest in cities


(from left: James Nxumalo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality in Durban; David Cadman, President of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, S M Vellusamy, Mayor of Coimbatore; Prof. Rajni Abbi, Mayor of Delhi)

In an unprecedented move, the Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate - towards COP17/ CMP7 and beyond, brought together 114 mayors and other elected local leaders representing over 950 local governments from around the world in the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter, a political commitment to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

The Convention was organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, on behalf of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Cities Network (SACN) and eThekwini Municipality.

Among those who attended the Convention and signed the Charter were the mayor of Delhi, Prof. Rajni Abbi, the mayor of Coimbatore, Velusamy Sengathurai, and the mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan, Kinlay Dorjee.

By signing the Charter, local governments have committed to first-time levels of local climate action to:

  • mainstream adaptation as a key informant of all local government development planning
  • ensure that adaptation strategies are aligned with mitigation strategies
  • promote the use of adaptation that recognizes the needs of vulnerable communities, and ensure sustainable local economic development
  • Prioritize the role of functioning ecosystems as core municipal green infrastructure
  • seek innovative funding mechanisms, etc.

Host city Durban’s mayor, James Nxumalo, who led the signing of the Charter, stated:

Local governments from around the world made history today by committing themselves to enhanced adaptation action through their signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter. The Charter is a clear indication that the impacts of climate change can only be addressed through development that promotes human welfare, ensures ecosystem integrity and promotes a new greener economy. It is appropriate that this challenge was taken up on African soil, given the vulnerability of our continent to climate change impacts; and in Durban, a city that has become a leader in the field of climate change adaptation
 
Mayor Nxumalo was designated by the signatories to present the Durban Adaptation Charter to the high-level UNFCCC COP17/CMP7 in Durban, which concluded on 9 December 2011.

HEAT Plus tool launched at Rio Conventions
Pavilion in Durban


(from left) Emani Kumar, executive director of ICLEI South Asia; David Cadman, president of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability; and ICLEI’s deputy secretary general, Gino van Begin

The HEAT + (Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool) software – a tool to help cities manage energy and emissions - was recently launched at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UNFCCC Cop 17 in Durban, South Africa. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information on the latest practices and scientific findings to do with the implementation of the three Rio Conventions- on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

The tool was launched by the president of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, David Cadman in the presence of ICLEI’s deputy secretary general Gino van Begin, regional director of ICLEI Africa, Kobie Brand, executive director of ICLEI South Asia, Emani Kumar, Mexico country office director Edgar Villasenor, and manager of ICLEI’s Cities Climate Center Yunus Arikan. ICLEI representatives were joined by city mayors from around the world, including James Nxumalo, the mayor of eThekwini Municipality in Durban.

HEAT + is ICLEI’s newest software management tool, designed to help local governments address climate change by accessing the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and common air pollutants. The software provides tools for planning mitigation actions in cities, based on a detailed inventory of GHG and CAP emissions. It also offers secure data storage, a global data bank, comprehensive technical support and accessibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

HEAT + will help local governments:

  • Build a simple emissions forecast
  • Set a target for reducing emission
  • Build an emissions inventory based on local energy use, transportation demand, waste practices, and related factors
  • Account and report local GHG emissions via revised global climate change guidelines
  • Quantify GHG emission reduction
  • Develop, report and track progress made sustainably

HEAT + is now found in seven countries – India, Philippines, Korea, South Africa, Europe, Brazil and USA- and is available in English, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

The Rio Pavilion made a fitting platform for the launch of HEAT + tool, as the software brings significant potential to helping local governments achieve global climate norms and goals.

 

LATEST EVENTS

REEEP-supported RE project launched in Coimbatore

(from left to right: S M Vellusamy, Mayor of Coimbatore; Emani Kumar, Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia; Mamata Jaiswal from Howrah Municipal Corporation; Sonya Fernandes from the REEEP South Asia Secretariat; and AD Thirumoorthy, Superintendent Engineer at the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board)

ICLEI South Asia and the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation, with the support of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) launched the project ‘Local Renewables: South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa’, at a workshop organized in Coimbatore on 12th December 2011.

With an aim to promote knowledge exchange between cities in the developing world, the project cities of Ekurhuleni, South Africa and Yogyakarta, Indonesia will join ICLEI's Local Renewables (LR) network to increase the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level. They will be guided by the resource city of Coimbatore, India, an LR city. Project cities, the host city officials, ICLEI and REEEP representatives, Indian solar cities and local stakeholders from Coimbatore participated in the workshop. The Mayor of Coimbatore, Mr. S M Vellusamy and the Municipal Commissioner, Mr. T K Ponnusamy along with other key officials of the Coimbatore Corporation were present to inaugurate the workshop.

The workshop, spread over two days, consisted of an inaugural day that formally launched the project, and a day of site visits for the visiting participants. The inaugural day consisted of extensive presentations by the cities present about ongoing and planned initiatives at the local level on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Participants visited Coimbatore's renewable energy and energy efficiency sites, such as the wind-solar PV hybrid system installed at the city-owned bus terminal, the next day.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the international and Indian city officials to interact extensively and to view the range of activities that could be undertaken to comprehensively address the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level. Over the next 15 months, the project cities of Ekurhuleni in South Africa and Yogyakarta in Indonesia will go through the steps of the Local Renewables initiative (www.local-renewables.org) with the guidance of Coimbatore.

Three training workshops on climate change adaptation
   in India

ICLEI South Asia, with support from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is conducting a series of three regional training workshops in three cities – Bhubaneswar, New Delhi and Mysore on ‘Climate Change and Adaptation in Indian Cities’. The main aim of these workshops is to build the capacities of local governments and key stakeholders to assess climate change threats and opportunities and incorporate climate adaptation measures appropriately into planning processes with the aim of safeguarding the interests and well being of local communities.

Rapid urbanisation and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change are challenges cities in India can no longer ignore. These challenges are stretching the limits of city infrastructure and hindering the provision of basic services, especially to the urban poor.

This is why the main aim of these workshops is to build the capacities of local governments and key stakeholders to incorporate climate adaptation measures into planning processes appropriately, and reduce the vulnerability of local communities, especially the poor, to climate change.

This will be done by providing local governments and key stakeholders with the tools they need to develop sustainable adaptation strategies and integrate these into urban planning processes.

Apart from local government officials from other cities and supporting government agencies, the workshop will also be attended by community representatives, civil society organisations, researchers and scholars, as well as representatives of the private sector.

Third ACCESSanitation National Cities
Workshop in Philippines

Arun Goel, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India speaking at the workshop

India and the Philippines joined hands in organising the third National Cities Workshop (NCWS) in collaboration with Xavier University (Philippines), ICLEI- South Asia and Ecosan Services Foundation.

The five-day workshop (25 to 29 September) formed part of the ACCESSanitation project in the Philippines, consisting of a field trip in Manila followed by a four-day workshop in the nearby island of Puerto Princessa. The field trip included a visit to two sites which demonstrate advanced solutions in septage management and advanced wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse: the South Septage Treatment Plant in Taguig City, Manila, which is the largest in Asia; and the Xavier School Wastewater Recycling Treatment Plant, which is designed to substitute at least 60% of its current raw water consumption with recycled waste water.

This event was the first opportunity for project participants in India and the Philippines to interact with each other and exchange firsthand knowledge on how the project works in different contexts. The workshop was attended by 31 officials from ten participating cities, including mainly municipal commissioners, city engineers, city planners and sanitary inspectors.

ICLEI South Asia signs MoU with IHCN-F

ICLEI South Asia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation (IHCN-F) to jointly work for sustainable development in Indian cities. This partnership seeks to establish, promote, and facilitate links between the sustainable development of the Indian cities and the management of their cultural, natural and environmental heritage. The partners will jointly help in building local capacity through the sharing of knowledge, and support local governments/authorities in the implementation of heritage conservation and management as well as sustainable development at the local level. IHCN-F is led by UNESCO and was founded in September 2006 with an endorsement of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

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