June 2011
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The Resilient Cities 2011 Congress provided a great opportunity to cities and multilateral organizations to interact with the global climate community and learn from each other. It led to the formation of a platform to find solutions to climate change adaptation and building resilient cities. ICLEI’s white paper on ‘Financing the Resilient Cities’ provides solutions for local funding mechanisms to support local resilience.
Emani Kumar Executive Director



Resilient Cities 2011: 2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change
June 3-5, 2011, Bonn, Germany

The Second Resilient Cities Congress, 2011, was hosted by ICLEI and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn. With over 600 delegates, the Congress focused on aspects of financing climate change adaptation efforts. A need for change in the global financial mechanism was advocated to cover the short fall of finance for urban adaptation. Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia, was the facilitator in one of the parallel sessions of the Congress on ‘Renewable energy for urban resilience’, which focused on the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in infrastructure development.

>Resilient Cities 2011 website

>Bonn Declaration of Mayors, 2011


Rio+20 Conference
June 4-6, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The UN General Assembly decided to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) - also referred to as 'Rio+20'. This global initiative is to show to the world that cities are already working towards sustainable development and building future cities.

We invite all cities in the South Asian region to add their names to ICLEI’s Local Action

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Financing the Resilient City
Launched at Resilient Cities 2011, the book ‘Financing the Resilient City’ is ICLEI's white paper on how communities can adopt a demand-driven, bottom-up approach to funding resilience and climate adaptation. Its author, Jeb Brugmann, Founding Secretary General of ICLEI, stressed that building resilience is an intensely local process and therefore should take into account local needs and targets.

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Thane Solar City Master Plan presented to Stakeholders

Thane’s Solar City Master Plan, prepared by ICLEI South Asia was presented to the local stakeholders and corporation staff on June 29. The Thane Municipal Commissioner, Mr. R. A. Rajiv was also present at the meeting. The Master Plan and work done by ICLEI South Asia was well appreciated. ICLEI South Asia is assisting the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, under the national programme on the ‘Development of Solar Cities’ in helping cities develop their Solar Cities Master Plans.

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Shimla & Bhubaneswar form ‘Climate Core Teams’

Shimla and Bhubaneswar are the latest cities to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) in the Dissemination and Replication phase. Guided by ICLEI South Asia, each city now has a ‘Climate Core Team’ in place for the project, to help guide their cities’ efforts in developing a climate resilience strategy. It is hoped that, in the long term, these core teams will evolve into the key group in each city corporation for climate change activities.Further information, Click More

ACCESSanitation online training with cities completed

Based on the awareness generating modules prepared under the ACCESSanitation project for interactive online training programme with experts and project cities to discuss various sanitation issues in cities has been successfully completed. Household surveys, which provide a clear idea of the baseline sanitation situation of the project cities, were undertaken as a step towards preparing a comprehensive City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for each city. To work intensively in each of the cities – Rajahmundry, Vasai Virar, Vikarabad, Hosakote and Tiruppur – to inspire changes in the community about sanitation behaviour, a campaign focusing on surveys and awareness programmes is going to be launched in the coming weeks.Further information, Click More

Rajkot and Coimbatore showcase initiatives to
expert group

Rajkot and Coimbatore were part of a three-year ICLEI initiative, the ‘Urban Climate Project’ that worked on including clean and efficient measures into their large scale infrastructure projects. At the end of this successful initiative, an expert panel comprising Mr Aniruddhe Mukerjee, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr Chetan Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, and Mr Sudhir Rajpal, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Gurgaon visited the two cities to take stock of the achievements. The cities intend to take forward activities initiated during the UCP and discussions centered on this forward looking theme.

First AsianCitiesAdapt Pilot workshop to be held
in Kochi

The first AsianCitiesAdapt Pilot Workshop is to be held in Kochi between July 12 and 14, 2011, which was decided at the Second Partners’ Meeting for the project was held recently in Bonn, Germany from June 6 to 8, 2011 to discuss further project targets and policies. Under this project, ICLEI South Asia is working with Kochi, Madurai, Howrah and Visakhapatnam with an aim to reduce their risks from climate change impacts through an integrated and cyclical management approach.Further information, Click More



JNNURM: Member cities awarded ‘Nagar-ratna’

Member cities Ahmedabad, Pune, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara have been awarded the 'Nagar-ratna' award for their best practices in the areas of road development, sewage treatment projects and slum rehabilitation schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Conferred this award by the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) among the 65 cities under the JNNURM, such municipal corporations are recognized that have responded to the needs of time and have come up with the out-of-the-box ideas to deliver beyond what is expected out of them under the extant laws. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been adjudged the best municipal corporation in the country for providing better civic amenities to its citizens. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been adjudged as the third best performing city, whereas Surat is placed in top three in individual class for innovation. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) bagged the award for the urban poor housing schemes in the city and Rajkot for complaints redressal system.

Member cities gear up to ban polythene use

Several ICLEI members have launched a campaign against plastic and polythene bags following a recent notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India, banning the use of plastic below 40 microns across the country. Ahmedabad, Agra, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Pune are to implement stringent laws to enforce this ban. Delhi city has also issued a similar notification for a blanket ban on polythene bags.

World Bank to study Delhi’s waste-to-energy plant

Member city Delhi’s waste-to-energy plant has been chosen by the World Bank for a case study at the C40 Cities Mayor’s Summit, held in Sao Paulo in Brazil between May 31 and June 2, 2011. Timarpur Okhla Municipal Solid Waste Management plant, India’s first waste-to-energy plant, is a private-public partnership project of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) with the Jindal ITF Ecopolis.

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