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Visit of the SDC to Rajkot

Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Dr. Shirish Sinha and Mr. Andrin Fink from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) office in India, visited our partner city of Rajkot on the 13th & 14th of August, 2018 to inaugurate some of our projects and meet with the officials of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC). READ MORE

First Shared Learning Dialogue organised in Udaipur

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, a Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) was organised in Udaipur. READ MORE

IIHS Team visits Siliguri to Study Climate Change Impact on Migration

As part of the study on the impact of climate change on migration, being carried out by Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), a visit to the city of Siliguri was undertaken by a team from IIHS. READ MORE

SUNYA project gets appreciation in Coimbatore

The CapaCITIES SUNYA project is being implemented in wards 22 and 24 with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Coimbatore. READ MORE

Rajkot City Discusses Climate Resilient City Action Plan

Stakeholders in Rajkot convened on the 6th of June 2018 to discuss the Climate Resilient City Action Plan (CRCAP) 2018-2023 for Rajkot, prepared with assistance from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported CapaCITIES project, implemented by ICLEI South Asia, South Pole Group, econcept and other partners. READ MORE

Solid Waste Quantification and Characterisation in Siliguri under CapaCITIES

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the solid waste pilot “Sunya” initiative under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported CapaCITIES Project was launched in Ward 2 of Siliguri by the Hon’ble Mayor, in the presence of Deputy Mayor, Member Mayor in Council (Conservancy and Vehicles) and the Ward Councillor. READ MORE

Coimbatore celebrates World Environment Day through CapaCITIES project

On the eve of World Environment Day, ICLEI South Asia organised a celebration program in Bharathi Park and Azad Road of wards 22 and 24 in Coimbatore. The event was held under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded CapaCITIES – Sunya project. READ MORE

CapaCITIES study on water resource augmentation showcased at Govt. of Gujarat’s Sujalam Suflam Jal Abhiyan conservation mission

The State Government of Gujarat launched India’s biggest state level water conservation mission Sujalam Suflam Jal Abhiyan on Gujarat Foundation Day, falling on 1st May, 2018. READ MORE

SDC Deputy Head visits Siliguri

Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) visited the city of Siliguri in May 2018. During his trip, he had a detailed discussion with the Mayor of Siliguri on the work that is going on under SDC funded CapaCITIES project. READ MORE

Udaipur Mayor inaugurates AQMS under CapaCITIES project

The Air Quality Management System (AQMS) was inaugurated at the Sukhadiya Circle Location in Udaipur city on the 30th of May, 2018. READ MORE

Swiss expert visits Coimbatore for Landfill Site Planning

As part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded CapaCITIES Project, Mr. Stephan Textor from Textor Engineering Ltd. visited the city of Coimbatore from 30th of April to 5th of May, 2018. READ MORE

Study on impact of climate change on migration

A study to understand the impact of climate change on migration has been initiated by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements in Siliguri. READ MORE

Visit of landfill expert to Siliguri

Mr. Stephan Textor from Textor Engineering, Switzerland carried out a visit to the city of Siliguri to understand the situation of the dumpsite in the city, and help the city in better management of the same. READ MORE

CapaCITIES captures Siliguri’s imagination through its Sunya initiative

The city of Siliguri held an awareness rally wherein common citizens walked alongside the elected representatives and city officials to raise awareness regarding a “Clean and Green Siliguri” on the 15th of April. READ MORE

Udaipur city promotes e-rickshaws on CapaCITIES project anniversary

A two-day e-rickshaw promotional program is organised by ICLEI South Asia, and being implemented jointly by Municipal Corporation of Udaipur (MCU) on the 13th and 14th of April, 2018. READ MORE

Swiss Ambassador attends 1st City Level Dialogue in Coimbatore

His Excellency Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, attended the 1st City Level Dialogue in Coimbatore as part of the CapaCITIES project on the 16th of March, 2018.READ MORE

Swiss Ambassador inaugurates Air Quality Monitoring System, establishes biomethanation plant in Coimbatore

His Excellency Dr. Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan is visited Coimbatore, as part of the CapaCITIES project, on the 15th of March, 2018.READ MORE

CapaCITIES Sunya and Community Bin Removal from Roads

After the successful launch of CapaCITIES Sunya Project, the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) officials, stakeholders and ICLEI team conducted awareness campaigns on source segregation in ward 22 & 24.READ MORE

Swiss experts visit Rajkot for pre-feasibility study

Mr. Martin Buck and Mr. Nicolas Muhlich, Swiss experts, from SNZ Engineer and Planner AG with National team members from SGA Architects Pvt. Ltd visited Rajkot city on the 5th and 6th of February, 2018.READ MORE

Dustbin Distribution for the SUNYA Project in Siliguri

As part of the SUNYA zero waste project being carried out under CapaCITIES, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), dustbins for segregation of waste at source were distributed to the residents of ward 2 at the Margaret S.N English School in Siliguri. READ MORE

Air Quality Management System Inaugurated at Siliguri

The Air Quality Management System (AQMS) was inaugurated by Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), India and Mr. Asok Bhattacharya, Mayor of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC), on the 29th of January, 2018, in Siliguri. READ MORE

Capacity Building workshop on ‘Financing Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in India’ held in New Delhi

The Global Infrastructure Basel, Switzerland, with support from the ICLEI South Asia, has convened a capacity building workshop ‘Financing Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in India’ on the 20th of December, 2017 at Development Alternatives, New Delhi. READ MORE

SUNYA Project Launched in Coimbatore

The official launch of the SUNYA project was held at 9.30 AM on 29th December 2017 at Bharathi Park Road 2nd Cross, ward 22 of West Zone, Coimbatore Corporation, by the Commissioner Dr. K. Vijayakarthikeyan IAS. READ MORE

Quantification and Characterisation of Municipal Solid Waste conducted in Rajkot

In order to support the city in its larger objective of sustainable waste management, with a focus on the reduction of GHG emissions from waste disposal, ICLEI South Asia, under the CapaCITIES project, supported by the Swiss Agency.. READ MORE

Initiation of Ward Level Meetings for the SUNYA Initiative

As part of the Capacities project in Siliguri, SUNYA initiative is being undertaken in wards 2 and 17 in the city. Detailed ward level meetings were carried out in both these wards (ward 17 on 21. 12. 2017 and ward 2 on 22.12.2017). READ MORE

Initiation of Awareness Generation Activities for the SUNYA Project Implementation

With support from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Siliguri Municipal Corporation is implementing a project on Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES). READ MORE

Transport Experts Visit Siliguri

A team comprising of Mr Nicholas Muhlich (from SNZ, the identified International expert firm for transport) and the national expert for transport study in Siliguri, Mr Utpal Deka conducting the initial visit to the city of Siliguri from 19- 24 November 2017. READ MORE

CapaCITIES E-rickshaws used at the Rajasthan Digi Fest 2017

The Rajasthan Digi Fest 2017 was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje in Udaipur on the 2nd of December. This was to mark the succession to the string of IT festivals that the state government of Rajasthan has been hosting. READ MORE

SDC organises session on City Climate Action Planning at RCAP 2017

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and ICLEI South Asia organised a session on City Climate Change Action Planning at the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation (RCAP 2017) READ MORE

CPR’s study on energy usage in Rajkot

As part of the CapaCITIES project, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is supporting the Center for Policy Research (CPR) on an ongoing study on energy use in low income urban households in Rajkot. READ MORE

Swiss Expert Visits Rajkot for an Initial Assessment of the Transportation Projects

Mr. Nicolas Muhlich from SNZ Engineers and Planners AG visited Rajkot on the 17th and 18th November, 2017 to understand the existing public transportation infrastructure and on ground situation for a prefeasibility READ MORE

Meeting held with the International and National transport experts

An introductory meeting was held at the ICLEI South Asia office in New Delhi on the 16th of November, 2017. Mr. Ashish Rao Ghorpade, Dr. Monalisa Sen and Ms. Bedoshruti Sadhukhan from ICLEI South Asia, READ MORE

Household Survey and Water Quality Analysis in Singanallur Tank Catchment Area at Coimbatore

Under the CapaCITIES Project, supported by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), an assessment is being made for the water quality and possibility of cleaning up the lakes within the city that are.. READ MORE

Focus Group Discussion for Women Organised in Udaipur under the CapaCITIES Project

In continuation of zero waste project being implemented in the two wards in Udaipur, ICLEI South Asia organised a small focus group discussion (Jan Sabha) in both the wards.READ MORE

Detailed Discussions with Siliguri Municipal Corporation on CapaCITIES

Discussions were held by ICLEI South Asia team with officials of Siliguri Municipal Corporation on the 10th of November, 2017. Meeting was carried out with Mr. Asok Bhattacharya – Mayor of Siliguri, Mr. Shankar Ghosh – Member-Mayor in Council, READ MORE

Experts Selected for Transportation Projects

National and international experts have been selected for the transportation projects in our partner cities. International consultant, SNZ Engineers and Planners Limited will be working with Siliguri, Rajkot and Udaipur. READ MORE

Initial visit by consultant for conducting leak detection study in Zone 1 in Siliguri

 

Water leak detection study is being taken up in Zone 1 of the city of Siliguri, through CapaCITIES project. Zone 1 comprises of Ward numbers 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and part of 15 (Figure 1) and covers an area of 2.14 km2. The total length of..READ MORE

Source Segregation Initiated Successfully in Two Wards in Udaipur

 

As a part of the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia along with other partners initiated source segregation of waste in two wards (Wards No. 1 and Ward No 41) in Udaipur city.READ MORE

First City Level Dialogue in Rajkot as part of Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India

 

A workshop on ‘First City Level Dialogue in Rajkot as part of Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India’ was recently organised on the 6th of October in Rajkot city of Gujarat.READ MORE

CPR’s Climate Action Case Study for Rajkot

 

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), supported the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in developing a policy paper highlighting how cities can use existing governance arrangements to scale discrete climate actions. CPR also developed a framework that can be used by cities to address climate change and local development. READ MORE

Interaction with Officials from the Government of Tamil Nadu

 

Mr. Daniel Ziegerer, Head, Swiss Cooperation Office India, Mr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Head, Swiss Cooperation Office in India, Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia and Mr. C. Sellakrishnan, Coimbatore city staff, ICLEI South Asia, met with the Principal Secretary to the Government, Municipal Administration & READ MORE

Second Climate Action Plan Workshop for CapaCITIES in Coimbatore

 

Through the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the CapaCITIES IA team will develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the city of Coimbatore, with interventions to build urban resilience in the city and address both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. READ MORE

Acoustic Water Leak Detection Machines in Siliguri

 

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by Swiss Development Corporation, two acoustic water leak detection machines have been procured and handed over to Siliguri Municipal Corporation. The machines were handed over to the Corporation by ICLEI South Asia on 8th August 2017.
These acoustic water leak detection machines will.. READ MORE

Nagar Nigam Investing Five Crore Rupees to Clean Tithardi Dumping Yard

 

Corporation’s dumping yard area, spread over four hectare in Tithardi, is going to be made completely hygienic. The dumping yard behind the kine house will be made usable by capping the yard. Nagar Nigam, Udaipur will soon start the work of capping and flooring of the yard once the tender.. READ MORE

All Project Cities Visit Panjim to Learn Key Principles of Sustainable Waste Management under the CapaCITIES Project

 

One of the key objectives of the CapaCITIES project is to facilitate cross-city learning, within the project partner cities and with other cities nationally and internationally. All four partner cities (Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur) have indicated that solid waste management is a priority sector.. READ MORE

Household Level Segregation Initiated in Two Wards of Udaipur

 

As a part of the CapaCITIES project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ICLEI South Asia along with other partners initiated source segregation of waste in two wards (Wards No. 1 and Ward No 41) in Udaipur.
In a bid to improve the existing municipal.. READ MORE

Climate Action Plan Workshop in Siliguri

 

As part of the CapaCITIES project supported by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development, ICLEI South Asia will develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the city of Siliguri, with interventions aimed at building urban resilience and address both climate mitigation and climate adaptation.
The first Climate Action Plan Workshop for the same.. READ MORE

Strategy Workshop for Solid Waste Management in Coimbatore

 

As part of the activities under the SDC supported project -CapaCITIES, ICLEI South Asia facilitated the visits of two subject matter experts to Coimbatore.
Two solid waste management experts, Mr. Raphael Fasko, from Rytec AG and Mr. Stephan Textor.. READ MORE

Climate Action Plan Workshop for CapaCITIES

 

The first Climate Action Plan Workshop for was conducted in Coimbatore on 12th April, 2017. This workshop was a Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) with the Stakeholder Group and Climate Core Team in Coimbatore. It is the first among a series of consultative workshops where the Climate Core Team and Stakeholder Group will sit together to share.. READ MORE

Interaction with Officials from the Government of Gujarat

 

Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia and Co-Team Leader at CapaCITIES Implementation Agency; and Mr. Daniel Ziegerer, Head, Swiss Cooperation Office and Counselor, Embassy of Switzerland in India met the officials of the Government of Gujarat, on April 19, 2017. The representatives from the CapaCITIES.. READ MORE

Interaction with Officials from the Government of Rajasthan

 

On April 5, 2017, Mr. Daniel Ziegerer, Head, Swiss Cooperation Office and Counselor, Embassy of Switzerland in India and Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia and Co- Team Leader, CapaCITIES met officials of the Government of Rajasthan and provided them with an overview of the CapaCITIES project. READ MORE

CapaCITIES Project Officially Launched with the Inauguration of E-Rickshaws Pilot in Udaipur

 

The CapaCITIES project was officially launched on Friday, March 17 in Udaipur, one of our four partner cities. The event took place in the esteemed presence of His Excellency, The Swiss Ambassador to India and Bhutan, Dr. Andreas Baum, Hon’ble UMC Mayor, Shri. Chandra Singh Kothari, READ MORE

Climate Action Planning & Financing Workshop

 

The Climate Action Planning and Financing Workshops were held at Hotel Lakend, a day before the official launch of the project in Udaipur.
Martin Stadelmann from the South Pole Group, through his presentation and interactive session, helped city authorities improve their knowledge on financing.. READ MORE

Expert visit to Coimbatore

 

In order to develop a detailed understanding about the issues related to waste management in the city of Coimbatore, a three-membered team of subject matter experts visited the city in December 2016. The team comprised of Mr. Raphael Fasko and Mr. Stephan Textor from Rytec AG, Waste Technology, Energy & Resource Concepts, Switzerland, READ MORE

Expert visit to Siliguri

 

A visit to Siliguri was undertaken by Mr. Bruno Hoesli of PLANAR and a consultant for spatial development from Switzerland from November 21 to 25, 2016. He was accompanied by Mr Ramiz Khan and Mr Souhardhya Chakraborty from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia.
During the visit, the team met Mr. Asok Bhattacharya, READ MORE

Expert visit to Udaipur

 

Ms. Simone Bützer, Environmental Engineer, Hunziker Betatech AG from Switzerland, visited the project city of Udaipur from November 19 to November 24, 2016. The expert was accompanied by Ms. Soumya Chaturvedula from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia.
During the visit, the team met Mr Sidharth Sihag, READ MORE

Project Implementation Team Visits Coimbatore City

 

In pursuance of the CapaCITIES project, the implementation team of CapaCITIES project visited the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) on July 25-26, 2016. The team met the Commissioner, CCMC, the Honorable Mayor and stakeholders to this project. Site visits to SUNYA project Ward 23, Vellalore compost yard, Vellalore vermi compost plant, READ MORE