March 2012
 
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POINT OF VIEW


To focus on the challenges and opportunities climate change brings to cities in the Asia-Pacific and to define a regional agenda on urban development within this, I participated in an expert group roundtable discussion titled ‘Asia-Pacific in the Era of Climate Change- Building Urban Resilience and Green Cities on 16 February 2012 in Singapore. The event was organised by Cities Development Initiative for Asia and the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore. ICLEI South Asia supports this initiative and towards this shared goal, encourages its members to participate in the Green Climate Cities and Resilient Cities programmes through the carbonn® Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) at http://citiesclimate
registry.org/


Emani Kumar Executive Director

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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NEWS AND UPDATES

Shimla, Bhubeneswar and Mysore for ACCCRN


Under the ACCCRN project (www.acccrn.org ), ICLEI South Asia is currently testing its approach to building climate resilience in Shimla, Bhubaneswar, and Mysore. Each city was visited and a stakeholder meeting was held in Bhubaneswar and Mysore.

After concluding the second phase of the project, which includes a climate research and impacts assessment, ICLEI South Asia is currently conducting a vulnerabilities assessment in each city.

Fragile urban systems have been identified, as well as the impacts projected climate threats would pose on these systems.

Howrah hosts second city and stakeholder
meeting for AsianCitiesAdapt


The second City Workshop and Stakeholder Meeting under the AsianCitiesAdapt project in India (http://www.asian-cities-adapt.org/) was held in Howrah, West Bengal on 21 and 22 February 2012 and was attended by representatives of the four participating cities, the Potsdam Institute of Knowledge in Potsdam, Germany and the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, as well as key local stakeholders.

The project is targeted specifically towards South and Southeast Asian cities not only because of their vulnerability to the risks of climate change but also because little adaptation planning has taken place at the local level. To this end, scientists from PIK/IIT-D, ICLEI and four cities each in both countries are working together to identify the local impacts of climate change and to develop aids to gain resilience to these in a sustainable manner.

The mayor of Howrah, Mamata Jaiswal, stressed that the Ministry of Environment and Forests categorised Howrah as an ‘environmental hotspot’, thus making adaptation to climate change key to the city’s survival.

ICLEI SA to help identify indicators of urban
development


ICLEI South Asia participated in a stakeholder conference, the ‘National Consultation on National Sustainable Habitat Standards’ in Delhi on 29 February 2012. In support of the overall goal of identifying a few specific indicators under the sub-committees of the National Sustainable Habitat Mission, ICLEI South Asia agreed to be part of two sub-committees- one on solid waste management, and the other on wastewater and sanitation.

Making Chamoli Gopeshwar a Solar City


The second stakeholder meeting on the "Development of Chamoli Gopeshwar as a Solar City" was held on February 27, 2012 in Nagar Palika Parishad, Chamoli Gopeshwar. Both the Executive officer and President of Nagar Palika Parishad attended the meet. ICLEI South Asia began with a technical presentation on the Solar Cities Programme and dicussed in detail the draft master plan prepared for the city. After the presentation, there was an open discussion in which stakeholders raised some queries on the implementation of various pilot projects, awareness programs and capacity building activities.

 

MEMBER CITY NEWS

Vizag pedals towards a greener future

As reported in the Hindu (on 24 February 2012), port city Visakhapatnam has successfully introduced ‘no motor vehicle' zones across 20 km of roads as part of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) attempt to encourage the use of bicycles.

The GVMC also plans to introduce a community cycling initiative across 10.5 km of road in downtown Visakhapatnam, under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Every Monday, civic officials, including the Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu, use bicycles or public transport to go to work, putting away official vehicles for the day.


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