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Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES) Project

Project description

In India, increased demand for energy, infrastructure and services is putting city systems under pressure. This will be accentuated further by growing risks caused by climate variability. Poor and vulnerable segments of the city populations will be affected most. Urban India accounted for 11.4% of the country’s population in 1901. This has increased to 28.53% in 2001 and exceeded 31% in 2018. The Indian national government is committed to GHG emissions reduction and ensuring sustainable urban development. In line with national priorities, the CapaCITIES project also aims to strengthen the capacities of Indian cities to identify, plan and implement measures for reducing GHG emissions and for enhancing resilience to climate change in an integrated manner. The three-year project focuses on mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation into development policies at the city level, supporting the city authorities in the formulation and implementation of integrated action plans and measures across priority sectors, sharing experiences with other cities, and providing technical support for pilot and long-term bankable projects.

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Measured KPIs

- Impacts of implemented quickwins monitoring regularly - City government is implementing climate resilient interventions proposed under Climate Resilient City Action Plan - Periodic Monitoring and Evaluation of implementation status of Climate Resilient City Action Plan in progress

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Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact

ICLEI is responsible for project implementation in all four partner cities, including preparation of Climate Resilient City Action Plan for four Indian partner cities - Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur - that addresses both climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation using ClimateResilientCities methodology; strengthening the capacities of cities to identify, plan and implement measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for enhancing resilience to climate change; implementation of quick win projects to showcase reduction of GHG emissions; identification and planning for bankable projects based on requirements of the cities for large scale implementation of climate resilience building activities; and peer learning and exchange. Measures developed as a result of this project are being integrated in municipal budget to mainstream climate resilience in city development.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Circular development
  • Low emission development
  • Resilient development
Related SDGs
Focus Areas

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