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

Project completed

India is rapidly urbanising. The growing Indian cities are increasingly affected by climate change. At the same time, they are becoming important sources of greenhouse gas emissions. of the project CapaCITIES aims at enabling climate responsive urban planning in four partner cities, supporting sectoral measures for adapting to the effects of climate change and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as fostering knowledge exchange and dissemination.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
India
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection
Environmental policy
Disaster risk reduction DRR
01.10.2014 - 31.05.2019
CHF 4'987'000
Background

Many cities in India are challenged by rapid urban growth and continuing poverty of its inhabitants. Projections show that climate variability and change will further increase risks for people, assets, economies and ecosystems in urban areas. As more and more energy is being used in urban areas, cities are also becoming major emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. Cities authorities are therefore looking for solutions and support for dealing with these challenges. Although there recently has been considerable political attention on urban areas through the Government of India’s newly announced Smart Cities Mission (SCM, budget outlay of USD 7,1 billion for 100 cities), the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat (NMSH), the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT, budget outlay of USD 7.4 billion for 500 cities) and the Cleaning India Mission, climate change has not yet become a major consideration in city planning across India.

Objectives

Lower greenhouse gas emissions growth path achieved and resilience to climate change increased in select Indian cities.

Target groups

The target group will include city authorities and their staff as well as the citizens of the four partner cities. About 40 city officials and 40 local consultants in four partner cities will acquire the capacity to develop and implement climate measures at the city level. Approximately 3,3 million citizens including 1.6 million women will benefit from climate-related measures and sectoral initiatives. Quick win projects are expected to provide direct benefits to approximately 300’000 people (including 145’000 women).

Medium-term outcomes

(i) Capacities of city authorities in four partner cities to plan and implement mitigation and adaptation measures are enhanced; (ii) City level climate change mitigation measures for priority sectors are initiated; (iii) City level climate change adaptation measures for priority sectors are initiated, and (iv) Awareness on low carbon and climate resilient city development is increased in India and other countries.

Results

Expected results:  

  • Climate profiles elaborated for four partner cities;
  • Tools for city level mitigation and adaptation planning and financing developed, applied and officials trained;
  • Sectoral mitigation and adaptation actions identified for priority sectors;
  • Quick win projects implemented and bankable project prepared for mitigation and adaptation actions in priority sectors;
  • Regulatory measures prepared in priority mitigation and adaptation sectors; knowledge and best practices on integrating climate measures in urban planning are transferred to four Indian partner cities;
  • And project experiences disseminated to Indian cities and cities in other countries.


Results from previous phases:  

In the opening phase, four partner cities were identified, working relations established and priority areas for cooperation on climate change adaptation and mitigation agreed.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
Private sector
Foreign state institution
  • Central State of South East
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • Research Organisation of South East
  • Consortium of South Pole Carbon Management Ltd., ICLEI South Asia and econcept AG, Network of Swiss and Indian experts (organisation in expert pool to be subcontracted by South Pole).


Other partners

Indian Ministry of Urban Development; Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; State level authorities of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal and Rajasthan; Municipal corporations and other city level authorities of Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur; Indian National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Coordination with other projects and actors

SDC: Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP), Low Carbon Cement Project (LCC), Sino-Swiss Low Carbon Cities (SSLCC), CC&E and DRR network. Initiatives of international actors such as UNIDO, UN Habitat, C40, Rockefeller Foundation, etc.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'987'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'470'375 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  11'000'000
Project phases Phase 2 16.07.2019 - 15.07.2023   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)