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) in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam on the 7th of December, 2017.
The session aimed to promote SDC support in promoting urban resilience through city climate action plans that address mitigation and adaptation needs in cities in India.
The core issues discussed at the session were: Adaptation strategies like strengthening of public transportation, initiatives by the city to establish city wide bicycle sharing system, adoption of e-rickshaw, and city climate action plan methodologies to generate carbon emission inventories.
Mr. Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI talked about the goal of CapaCITIES project which is to strengthen the capacity of Indian cities to identify plans and implement measures to be able to achieve the lower GHG emissions.
He said that the cities are implementing the “quick win” projects and also initiatives that can be scaled up as “bankable projects”. The planned outcomes are city level climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.
Asok Bhattacharya, Mayor of Siliguri, India discussed some major concerns in Siliguri city. He mentioned high growth rate of vehicles, need for financial and technical support as Siliguri is excluded from all the national level missions.
“There is a need to develop plans which have balance approaches. We must think global but act local”, he said.
Baskar Srinivasan, Smart City Project, Coimbatore said that the city has initiated formulating a climate change action plan. And to identify possible interventions to build resilience in the city for different urban system a shared learning dialogue was conducted.
The interventions to build the resilience include setting for waste water tariff, mapping of water-logging areas and geo-tagging and developing of aquifer maps.
Smart city projects in lined with climate action plan for the city includes waste processing plants, solar power ambient environment monitoring system, water bodies rejuvenation and restoration and cycle sharing.