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Climate Centre for Cities

The Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) has been established at NIUA to create synergy across all climate actions being undertaken in Indian cities by various stakeholders. The Centre works with a range of stakeholders and build partnerships to focus on strengthening capacities of city officials for addressing climate change impacts in their respective localities. In the context of India’s complex urban challenges and in addition to increasing climate risks, sustained actions are crucial to ensure that cities are prepared for and can develop the ability to thrive in a varying climate....
Incorporating climate action within existing and future physical, social and environmental services is paramount to ensure sustainable development. Our Vision “To Build Climate Action in Cities” supported by climate resilience is important for not only steering the growth of the country towards a 5 trillion economy but also improving the quality of life of urban residents. This Centre aims to achieve the same by creating a central hub for climate informed urban development actions facilitated by multi-stakeholder collaborations.
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The Climate Centre for Cities will focus on providing the following services to drive climate actions:

  • Policy, Planning, Program and Project Support
  • Research & Knowledge Management
  • Innovation
  • Capacity Building
  • Advocacy & Communication Outreach
  • Partnerships

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Paramita Dey Senior Research Officer

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar Chair, Urban Resilience

Paramita Dey Senior Research Officer

Raina Singh Senior Fellow

Ashali Bhandari Resilience Fellow (NG)

Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar Fellow - Urban Resilience

Rahul Sachdeva Sr. Program Manager

Nikita Madan Research Associate(NG)

Banibrata Choudhury Research Associate(NG)

Uday Bhonde Project Coordinator (NG)

Vishakha Jha Sr. Environment Specialist

Lovlesh Sharma Sr. Infrastructural Planner

Amanjot Kaur Sr. Associate

Abhijeet Mishra Sr Web Developer

Arjun Dev Sr. Software Developer (NG)

Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar Fellow - Urban Resilience

Pallavi Thool Project Associate

EmpatiUday Kumar Senior Associate

T Shravani Project Associate

Punit Gandhi Program Fellow

Anshul Abbasi Senior Associate

Mohini Bhaisare Sr, Associate

Amanjot Kaur Sr. Associate

Mukesh Patir National Project Coordinator

Kaustubh Parihar Project Associate (NG)

Tavishi Darbari Research Associate(NG)

Gaurav Thapak Research Associate

Sonali Mehra Research Associate(NG)

Mukesh Patir National Project Coordinator

Mohini Bhaisare Sr, Associate

Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar Fellow - Urban Resilience

Vaishnavi Thirumala Gowri Shankar Fellow - Urban Resilience

EmpatiUday Kumar Senior Associate

Sarath Babu M G Research Fellow (NG)

Kaustubh Parihar Project Associate (NG)

Tavishi Darbari Research Associate(NG)

Sonali Mehra Research Associate(NG)

Gaurav Thapak Research Associate

Urban Resilience Unit

About the Urban Resilience Unit Established in collaboration with 100 Resilience Cities (100 RC) Program of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Urban Resilience Unit (URU) at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) aims at promoting and supporting the development of resilient cities across India. The Unit will bring together theoretical frameworks and practical city assessments for developing evidence and policy frameworks that can be used by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, state and city level development agencies and urban local bodies (ULBs) to build local capacity and mainstream resilience in the urban discourse. This will include development of tools, proof of concepts, data frameworks and protocols, curricula and training programs for urban planning institutes and universities, urban practitioners, city managers and policymakers to enable evidence-based, informed decision making for resilience building in cities. The Unit’s activities will also involve developing and national platform and convening a wide range of stakeholders including urban planning institutes, philanthropies, private sector, multilateral financial institutes, and urban experts to build strong partnerships for advocating resilience in Indian cities and incorporating urban resilience into the India@75 agenda. The Urban Resilience Unit (URU) is focused on six key activities that will enhance urban resilience in India. Our theory of change (as seen on the last page of this document) highlights that each of these activities will lead to improved urban resilience across Indian cities. The activities are detailed out below: Support to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on Building Resilience: The URU will work directly with the MoHUA to mainstream urban resilience building in existing and new national level urban policy. We will develop evidence and policy frameworks to introduce and establish urban resilience within planning and development discourse. For example, the URU organized an Urban Flood Resilience consultation workshop with the Ministry and more than 30 experts from around the country to develop a series or recommendations for building resilience for shocks like floods. Development of Customized Briefs for City Level Decision Makers: To draw a city’s attention towards resilience, the URU plans to develop briefs customized for mayors, commissioners, city engineers, planners, businesses and NGOs informing their role and scope of work in building resilience. Quantifying resilience is complex and the briefs are intended to make the actors understand the value of resilience investment. Through this engagement, various city stakeholders can make informed decisions and scale up investments in resilience actions. Development of City Resilience Building Tools: To inform and support the incorporation of resilience in new development projects, technical tools for resilience building will be developed. Cities across India and the Chief Resilience Officers will be trained to use the resilience building tools. New development will be better informed to embed resilience in the planning and design of the projects. Engagement with Donors: The URU is working with donor organizations and other stakeholders to build resilience in Indian cities. We have been in discussions with 100RC cities such as Pune and Chennai, as well as organizations like the Tata Trust and the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This engagement serves as an opportunity to work with likeminded partners to pilot resilience projects as well as further the scope of building resilience to new stakeholders. Development of a Data Framework for Cities and Businesses: To assist policy makers in developing actionable and effective strategies, URU is currently developing a national framework for establishing urban data observatories. Currently, city level decisions are being made without enough information due to poor accessibility to data. By developing a data framework to help decision makers answer relevant questions with evidence, city systems will be stronger and able to grow despite shocks and stresses. Engagement with Educational Institutes: Through our engagement with educational institutions, we intend to work with faculties to incorporate resilience framework in the curriculum of urban planning, development and management. Embedding resilience into planning practices is essential and in this context, education of future urban planners and managers with resilience planning is crucial. Through the initiative of mainstreaming resilience into training and education, more urban planners and managers will be equipped for supporting cities to better plan and respond to shocks and stresses.

  • Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)
  • urban resilience

Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot in India

“Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot in India” is one of the Child projects under GEF’s Sustainable Cities Programme in the GEF 6 cycle. The participating cities include Bhopal, Jaipur, Mysuru, Guntur, and Vijayawada. The aim of the project is to integrate sustainability strategies into urban planning and management to create a favorable environment for investment in infrastructure and service delivery, thus building the resilience of pilot cities. The three main project components comprise- Sustainable Urban Planning and Management, Investment Projects and Technology Demonstration and Partnerships and Knowledge Management Platform. National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has been engaged to undertake the implementation of Component 3 – Partnerships, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building mentioned in the preceding section. NIUA will contribute towards building the multi-sectoral partnership platform to ensure the implementation of sustainable city strategies, by understanding various issues and challenges of technical, financial, political, and social and business stakeholders/partners. To solve these major issues and challenges, NIUA will prepare the integrated training curriculum modules (across three sectors Solid Waste Management, Used Water and Septage Management, Urban Water Management) for various stakeholders in the cities mentioned above. These modules will help in implementation of the projects in the pilot cities. The training program outcomes from these cities will then be scaled up to 25 Indian cities which share similar scale and complexity of issues in implementing sustainable strategies.

  • Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)

Capacity Building Project on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES 2.0)

Following the successful completion of the first phase implemented across 4 Indian cities; Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur, CapaCITIES Phase-II was launched in 2019 with the overarching goal of mainstreaming climate actions from the cities.  A consortium comprising of ICLEI South Asia, South Pole, econcept and NIUA is implementing this project across 4 new cities; Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli.  The CapaCITIES Phase II project engages with national, state and city level governments, to enhance capacities of select Indian cities to plan and implement climate resilience actions by mainstreaming and integrating climate actions (adaptation and mitigation) into urban planning processes. The project is also supporting the city and state governments to access finance for scaling up the urban climate actions and will enhance knowledge on accelerating city climate action at the national and global level through its knowledge sharing, peer learning and capacity building activities. Planning Integrating climate change considerations into urban planning, development of a roadmap for climate resilient interventions Implementation Signing climate change adaptation and mitigation actions; mobilising and scaling up finance for implementation; enhancing capacities by sharing knowledge at national and state level; and implementing demonstration projects Replicate and Scale-up Technical support to cities to enable large scale implementation and knowledge sharing at national and state level

  • Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)
  • Climate, Innovation, mainstreaming, cities, urban, planning, resilience, adaptation, mitigation

Promotion of Action Against Marine Plastic Litter in Asia and the Pacific (CounterMEASURE II)

Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission envisage to drive economic growth hand in hand with improving the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. However, unprecedented growth may also lead to negative consequences for environment and well- being of its citizens. It is observed that nearly 44% of India’s rapidly growing carbon emissions have urban origins, emanating from transport, industry, buildings, and waste contributing towards climate change. This makes our cities vulnerable and imposes huge risks towards increased water stress, heat island effect, increased frequency, and severity of extreme weather events such as urban floods/ droughts. India is the sixth most vulnerable country facing extreme weather events as per latest climate index report. Further, curbing air quality deterioration pose serious challenges for city administrators as 43 smart cities in India are already facing poor air quality. To facilitate cities in understanding these challenges and where cities stands and may improve, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) in 2019. There are 28 diverse indicators across five categories namely, (i) Energy and Green Buildings, (ii) Urban Planning, Green Cover & Biodiversity, (iii) Mobility and Air Quality, (iv) Waste Management and (v) Water Management. The CSCAF is a step to adopt, implement and disseminate the best practices adopted by our cities and further to set standards in comparison to the international efforts towards the green, sustainable and urban resilient habitats. To achieve this goal, the Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) established at NIUA will create synergy across all climate actions which are being undertaken within the cities by various stakeholders. In addition, the Centre will also help ensure continuity of ongoing initiatives under CSCAF, and capacity building and knowledge retention for mainstreaming climate change action in all 500 Class-I cities of India. The Centre will focus on strengthening capacities of cities to understand, implement and monitor and actions needed for addressing climate change impacts in their local context.

  • Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)
  • Climate Actions, Urban Waste Management, Solid Waste Management, Bioremediation, Landfill Operation and Availability, Landfill Scientific Remediation, Plastic Waste Management

Building Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Cities in India

The grant will support C-Cube to undertake the following set of activities: 1. Support for implementation of CSCAF 2021 and 2022 Cycles through - Deployment of on-ground staff to provide technical and administrative support to cities and also facilitate C-Cube in orienting nodal officers on CSCAF. The on resolving technical queries and documenting good practices from the process. - Resource personnel, stationed at C-Cube, to provide strategic and technical support for the overall implementation of CSCAF 2021 and 2022 cycles including validation, evaluation, documentation and publication of the assessment outcomes. - Support in the development of the City Preparedness Report for the assessment years 2021 and 2022 2. Support in implementation of Data Wall at C-Cube - Provide technical and IT support in customizing the data wall - Improvement of User Interface and User Interaction of data wall including development of use cases 3. Training and Capacity Building on Energy & Green Buildings and Urban Air Quality Management - Design and development of minimum 2 training modules in alignment with the CSCAF indicators and National Urban Learning Platform - Develop a calendar of training events for the year 2021 and 2022 - Deliver training on thematic areas and indicators to city officials, partners and regional training institutions 4. Strategic and network support to CIFF - Support city connect, hosting information webinars and handholding cities to join Race to Zero (R2Z) - Help in structuring a challenge for the cities to apply for TA with the precondition of R2Z pledge, and identifying cities for program implementation - Organizing an Investor Round Table for facilitating subsequent support for project implementation in cities - Partnership and support to events including webinars, conferences and workshops

  • Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)
  • Climate Actions, Data Wall, CSCAF

CIDCO @SMART Newsletter, January-June 2019, Vol 5, Issue 1 & 2

Harnessing the Power of Data for Mainstreaming Urban Resilience- Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar & Ashali Bhandari, Dec 2019

Key Recommendations from the Consultation Workshop on ‘Urban Flood Resilience’, October 2018

URU Letter, July 2019

URU Letter, April 2019

Building Resilient Cities: Enabling Local Action

How can Young Urban Researchers and Practitioners contribute to Building Resilient Cities?

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), URU Handbook

URU Letter, October 2019

Urban Water Supply and Waste Water: Policy Framwork

Non-Sewered Sanitation Systems for India: State Level Normative Framework for Capacity Building, Jan 2019

Sanitation Capacity Building Platform, World Urban Forum, 10th Feb 2020

Capacity Needs Assessment: Addressing Urban Faecal Sludge and Septage Management, April 2017

The Future of River Management: Exploring how the COVID-19 crisis can help shape river management strategies of the future, May 2020

Urban River Management Plan (URMP): Elements and Guidance Note, October 2019

Comparison and Contrast of River Consideration in the Master Plans of Selected Cities: A Guide towards River-Sensitive Urban Planning, Feb 2020

Building Climate Resilient Cities for India

Building Climate Resilient Cities for Tamil Nadu

Drop by Drop: Water and Wastewater Management in the CapaCITIES Project

Breathe Easy: Air Quality and Transportation in the CapaCITIES Project

My Waste, My responsibility: Solid Waste Management in the CapaCITIES Project

Roundtable Dialogue on 'Climate Resilient Cities in India', 28th November 2019

Building Climate Resilient Cities for Gujarat

Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework

Advisory on City Climate Alliance: ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework, October 2019

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