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Sri Lankan Cities Promote Low Carbon Development
At the Climate Roadmap National Workshop on Sri Lanka Cities' Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Agreement & Actions at Kandy, Sri Lanka on 1st October 2009, ICLEI South Asia released the findings of "the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions" project. The project is supported by the British High Commission and the workshop was organised along with Matale Municipal Council.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mr. Mark Gooding said:

"We need to take local action to address the global challenge of climate change. I am delighted that the British Government has been able to support this crucial work to empower local governments in South Asia, including Sri Lanka, to understand how cities can play their part.”

“It’s exciting to see how Sri Lankan cities are proposing to tackle issues of everyday concern for its citizens such as air quality, effective waste management, good transport links, secure water and energy supplies while making concrete steps towards a more secure and prosperous planet. These proposals are a valuable example for other cities across South Asia and worldwide, and are particularly timely in the run-up to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen this December”.

Hon. Minister of Urban Development, Government of Sri Lanka Mr. Rohana Kumara Dissanayake said:

“Climate change is the most evident environmental, social and economic problem facing the world today.  We have to move from a high energy-use, wasteful economic model to one that conserves energy and minimizes waste. In other words we have to be more efficient. Given Sri Lanka’s critical role in the upcoming COP15 at Copenhagen, the urban local governments who participated in this project may be seen as a voluntary step in the right direction towards reducing global carbon emissions.”

During the workshop, action plans covering energy efficient & design based street lighting, transport management, water pumping system, waste management & enhancement of urban livability and sustainability was discussed.

Also, at the workshop, the cities of Matale, Kandy & Kurunagela signed the ICLEI membership forms which were handed over to Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia by Hon. Minister of Urban Development, Government of Sri Lanka Mr. Rohana Kumara Dissanayake.
Climate Roadmap Sub National Workshops (West Region & East Region) – Indian Cities’ Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Actions & Agreement in Ahmedabad (August 18, 2009) and Bhubaneswar (September 03, 2009)
Under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project supported by the British High Commission, the Energy Status and the implementation of City Action plans are being discussed with the respective cities at on-going National and Sub-National workshops.

At Ahmedabad, the workshop was organised at School of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology campus. The Municipal Commissioner of  Ahmedabad Shri I P Gautam, IAS,  was the chief guest at the workshop. He addressed the participants and highlighted on the energy related issues faced by Ahmedabad and the various initiatives taken by the municipal corporation in making the city energy efficient. He also stressed that in some parts of Ahmedabad, age old technologies are being used is water pumping and other sectors and said that there is an urgent need for technology transfer. The workshop was attended by 44 participants.

At Bhubaneswar, the workshop was organised at Mayfair Lagoon Hotel. Dr. A. K. Panda, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Housing & Urban Dev. Dept. Govt of Orissa was the chief guest at the workshop. He said that there is a necessity for a comprehensive structure in place in dealing with the issue of Climate Change. The Municipal Commissioner, Shri Vishal K Dev highlighted the work being done by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation in making the city energy efficient. The workshop was attended by 46 participants.

At both the workshops it was agreed upon that the local governments should have a say in the formulation of national policy and India’s involvement in international treaties and programmes related to climate change and associated activities. Along with discussion on the energy status and action plans, the viewpoints and suggestions on post 2012 climate agreements was also consolidated into a "Ahmedabad Call"  and “Bhubaneswar Call” which were agreed and signed by participants.

LocalRenewables and WISIONS Project Site Visit to BMC Hospital, 3rd September, 2009:

After the  Sub National Workshop in Bhubaneswar, participants were taken to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Hospital to showcase implementations done by ICLEI South Asia and to share its experiences of the “Local Renewables” project supported by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and GTZ- from project inception in 2006 to the present day project progress including the development of model communities at Nagpur, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar.   
The Climate Roadmap National Workshop - Thimphu
The Climate Roadmap National Workshop - Bhutan Cities’ Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Actions & Agreement was organised in Thimphu on 26th August 2009. The workshop was jointly organised by ICLEI South Asia and Thimphu City Corporation.
The workshop was held at Hotel Taj Tashi in Thimphu and was well attended by representatives from participating project cities, government officials, international organisations & local NGOs, research organisations, consultants etc.

The Former Deputy Minister, Mr. Dasho J Dorji was the Chief Guest at the workshop. He addressed the participants at the workshop and said that to see a tangible change in energy consumption pattern, capacity building of citizens is essential. He also shared his experience of the previous COP with the participants. 

The Executive Secretary, Mr. Phuntsho Gyeltshen, appreciated efforts of ICLEI South Asia in getting the local governments together at this workshop and sharing their energy consumption pattern and getting their views on local energy issues. 

The Hon’ble Mayor of Phuentsholing, Mr. Kinzag Norbu was also present at the workshop. A presentation was made by Phuentsholing City Corporation on various activities being done in their city in the energy sector.
Dhaka Call Signed at the Climate Roadmap National Workshop in Bangladesh
Under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project supported by the British High Commission, the Energy Status and the implementation of City Action plans are being discussed with the respective cities at on-going National and Sub-National workshops.

The Climate Roadmap National Workshop - Bangladesh Cities’ Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Actions & Agreement was organised in Dhaka on 10th August 2009. The workshop was jointly organised by ICLEI South Asia and Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS). The workshop was held at Spectra Convention Centre in Dhaka and was well attended by representatives from participating project cities, government officials, international organisations & local NGOs, research organisations, consultants etc.

The Chief Executive Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation, Mr. Shirajum Monir, was the Guest of honour at the workshop. He addressed the participants at the workshop and highlighted on the energy related issues faced by Rajshahi city and in other cities of Bangladesh. He appreciated the work done by ICLEI South Asia. Dr. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, BCAS, appreciated the partnership of ICLEI South Asia and BCAS in getting the cities together on one platform to discuss the energy related problems. He also said that it is important to work at local level to eventually see the results at the global level. Dr. Dwijen Mallick, Research Fellow, BCAS, gave a presentation on the efforts of BCAS in implementing various projects and on-going research activities in the area of climate change.

Mr. Saba Kalam, Programme Manager, Climate Change & Energy, from the British High Commission, India, was a special guest at the workshop and addressed the delegates and apprised them of British High Commission’s activities under the Strategic Programme Fund and in particular under the Climate Roadmap project.

ICLEI South Asia shared the Energy Status Summary of the project cities from Bangladesh at the workshop. They shared experiences on RE/EE activities being taken up by their respective city corporations. They all agreed to the view that the local governments should have a say in the formulation of national policy and their involvement in international treaties and programmes related to climate change and associated activities. Along with discussion on the energy status and action plans, the viewpoints and suggestions on post 2012 climate agreements was also consolidated into a “Dhaka Call” which was agreed upon and signed by 27 participants.

The workshop was very interactive received an overwhelming response. It was evident from the deliberations and presentations that cities are working towards reducing carbon emissions and are making contribution on their parts in solving the global problem of Climate change.
Mysore & Bhopal Call Signed at Sub National Workshops on Indian Cities' Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Agreement & Actions
Under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project supported by the British High Commission, the Energy Status and the implementation of City Action plans are being discussed with the respective cities at on-going National and Sub-National workshops.
The Climate Roadmap Sub-National Workshops were organised in Mysore (South Region) on June 24, 2009 and in Bhopal (North & Centre Region) on June 30, 2009.

Mysore:
The workshop was jointly organised by ICLEI South Asia, Infosys, Mysore Municipal Corporation and City Managers’ Association Karnataka at the Infosys campus in Mysore.


The Mayor of Mysore City,  Sri. Purushotham was the chief guest and he along with opposition party leaders participated in the day long workshop. The Mysore City Corporation Commissioner, Sri. K S Raykar gave the welcome address and indicated Mysore city’s interest in working for energy reduction and bringing in efficiency in the provision of utilities. The conference was also attended by the District Magistrate and Deputy commissioner, Mysore district, Sri. Manivannan, IAS. He indicated his interest in the Road Map project and expressed his views on the need for strengthening technical capacity of urban local bodies. Ms. Vidya Soundarajan, Sr. Regional Adviser – Climate Change & Energy, from the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, was a special guest to the workshop and addressed the delegates and apprised them of British High Commission’s interest in furthering activities related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in India.


Bhopal:
The workshop was jointly organised by ICLEI South Asia and City Managers’ Association Madhya Pradesh.

The Principal Secretary, Urban Administration & Development Department Shri Raghav Chandra was the Chief Guest at the workshop. He addressed the participants and highlighted the global issue of climate change. He said that cities need to act now in combating this issue. He appreciated the efforts of ICLEI South Asia in  getting the cities together on one platform to discuss the energy related problems. Along with the Principal Secretary, the Commissioner, Urban Administration & Development Department, Shri S N Mishra was also present at the workshop. Mr. Taposh Ray. Representative of British High Commission in Madhya Pradesh, also participated at the workshop.

At both the workshops, ICLEI South Asia presented the energy status report of project cities in India along with generic action plans. The presentation included the analysis of the survey that was conducted in the project cities on their views on implementation of the action plans suggested by ICLEI South Asia.

All the participants noted and agreed with the emission status summary presented. They shared experiences on RE/EE activities being taken up by their respective corporations.

They all agreed to the view that the local governments should have a say in the formulation of national policy and India’s involvement in international treaties and programmes related to climate change and associated activities. Along with discussion on the energy status and action plans, the viewpoints and suggestions on post 2012 climate agreements was also consolidated into a "Mysore call" & “Bhopal Call” which was agreed upon and signed by participants.

The workshops received an overwhelming response. It was evident from the deliberations and presentations that cities are working towards reducing carbon emissions and are making contribution on their parts in solving the global problem of Climate change. 

Kathmandu Call Signed at the National Workshop on Nepal Cities' Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Agreement
A National Workshop on Nepal Cities' Perspective on Post 2012 Climate Agreement was organised by ICLEI – South Asia, in collaboration with local partner, Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN), on June 8, 2009 in Kathmandu. The workshop was organised under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project supported by the British High Commission. 

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Umesh Prasad Mainali, Secretary, Ministry of Environment Science & Technology, Govt. of Nepal. The esteemed guests included Mr. Yagya Prasad Gautam, Secretary, Municipal Management, Ministry of Local Development, Govt. of Nepal; Mr. Narayan Gopal Malegu, Executive Officer, Kathmandu Municipal Corporation; Mr. Fergus Auld, First Secretary, Climate Change and Energy, British High Commission; Mr. Dormani Poudel, President, MuAN; Mr. Bidur Mainali, General Secretary, MuAN; and Executive Officers from various Municipal Corporations in Nepal.

ICLEI - South Asia highlighted the issue of Climate Change and the activities  undertaken internationally to address this issue. International negotiations and treaties relating to climate change were discussed. ICLEI – South Asia also presented the Energy Status Summary of each of the project cities along with the analysis of the survey on implementable action plans.

The workshop received an overwhelming response. The Kathmandu Call, that focused on the awareness amongst local governments on climate change and their role in confronting this global problem on behalf of their communities, was signed.

The workshop was attended by more than 60 delegates from municipal corporations of 15 cities in Nepal, NGOs and various other organisations. 
Workshop on Urban Climate Change Issues, 14 March 2009, Coimbatore
The regional/national level workshop on Urban Climate Change Issues under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project was combined with the International Workshop on Including Clean Technology and Efficiency Measures while Developing Infrastructure Projects for Improved Urban Environment at Coimbatore  on 14 March 2009. This workshop was supported by the British High Commission. 

At the workshop, Mr. Emani Kumar gave a presentation on  the energy status that included energy consumption by municipal corporations & comminuties with their GHG emissions from a few participating  project cities and highlighted on the Kyoto protocol, CDM and post 2012 climate negotiations. 
ICLEI - South Asia - Nepal visit

In Nepal, the cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur & Pokhara were visited by ICLEI Staff, accompanied by MuAN representatives, for discussing the project along with relevant information gathering and planning for the workshop in 2009. ICLEI SA staff met with Mr. Ganesh Shah, Minister of Environment Science & Technology; Mr. Umesh Prasad Mainali, Secretary, Ministry of Environment Science & Technology. They assured their support in the project and suggested that the regional workshop can be combined with their international workshop that is supposed to be held in the month of May.

Meetings were also organised with Mr. Y. P. Gautam, Acting Secretary, Ministry of Local Development; Mr. Purushotam Ghimire, Joint Secretary, Chief of Environment Division.

ICLEI SA team also met with the selected project cities and discussed the project activities with Mr. Nayaran Gopal Malego, Executive Officer, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office; Ex-mayor of Kathmandu; Mr. Babu Ram Gautam, CEO, Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City; Mr. Pravin Sreshta, Head Urban Development Division, Lalitput Sub Metropolitan City, Mr. Mangal Das Maharjan, Acting Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC); Mr. Rajiv Munankami, Energy Officer, AEPC; Mr. Madan Bhijel, CEO, Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City; Mr. Om Raj Poudel, Programme Officer, Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City; Ex- mayor; Mr. Rajendra Bhahadur Adhikari, Chairman, Rural Area Development Programme.

The data format was discussed with Mr. Bidur Mainali, General Secretary; Sushil Gyewali, Secretary and Mr Madan Krishan Shrestha of MuAN.   The data collection activity is in progress in Nepal cities.

Overall, ICLEI SA received an overwhelming response from various ministries, corporations & departments and were assured full support. 
South Asian Delegation member addresses delegates at UNFCCC at COP 14
Municipal Commissioner of Thane, India, Mr Nandkumar Jantre, a part of the South Asian Delegation, addressed delegates at United Nation Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP 14 on behalf of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA).

The points highlighted were:
Request the adoption of a UNFCCC COP Decision in which the Parties of the UNFCCC:
  • recognize the role of cities and local authorities in the implementation of National Climate Change Strategies and Action Plans, and here through to facilitate local climate action throughout the world;
  • commit to provide enabling structures and effective framework conditions for climate cooperation with cities and local authorities;
  • commit to empower cities and local authorities so that they have the abilities, the capacities and the resources required to take necessary action at the local level as a key support to the Parties in their efforts to meet the agreed targets and to implement local climate mitigation and adaptation strategies;
  • commit to include local authority delegates in the national delegation to the COP and relevant decision making processes hereafter:
  • encourage that the agenda of the UNFCCC include a reporting on the development and implementation of local policies; and

He forwarded to UNFCCC a draft on such a COP decision in Poznan.

For details please view  ICLEI e-News | Special Climate Edition, December 2008
Local Government Climate Sessions, Poznan, Poland 9-11 December 2008
The Local Government Climate Sessions (LGCS) were a platform to discuss with national governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders, positions of Local Governments in regard to the post-2012 climate agreement.

Opening Ceremony

Mr. Ryszard Grobelny, Mayor, City of Poznań, President of the Association of Polish Cities, Poland, welcomed all the delegates, from around the world, to the Local Government Climate Session. It was followed by an address from Mr. Kazimierz Pałasz, Mayor, City of Konin, Poland who was hosting the first day of the sessions.

Among various prominent dignitaries and speakers, David Cadman, President of ICLEI and Councillor, City of Vancouver, Canada, highlighted the need for the Local Governments to emphasize on their roles and to work together with the national governments to find solution to the problem of Climate Change. 

On behalf of the South Asian Delegation, Ms. Hansa Patel, Chairperson, ICLEI South Asia and Executive Director, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Vadodara, India, introduced the importance of Climate Change in India, the various steps that are being taken to curb the issue and the work ICLEI South Asia has been doing in the area.

As a South Asian delegation member, Mr. Kinzang Norbu, Mayor, stressed on a meaningful and sustainable manner of development of cities by empowering the local bodies.  He also mentioned that raising awareness on Climate Change is essential and that the mind set of people needs to be changed.

Session: Local Governments are key actors for climate mitigation - An offer for partnership with national governments

Mr. Nandkumar Jantre, Municipal Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation, Thane, India and a member of the South Asian Delegation, gave a presentation on the extent of work done in the area of Climate Change in city of Thane. He put forward a brief on the ongoing “Carbon Emission Reduction” project supported by the British High Commission and appreciated the support Thane got from ICLEI South Asia in preparing the city’s Carbon Emission Status Report.

Session: Local governments undertake climate action – Commitments, targets, implementation

Member of the South Asian Delegation, Ajay Kumar Shankarrao Mankar, Deputy Engineer, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, spoke on the issues facing India and facing the city of Nagpur in particular in this area. He gave a brief on the various projects being undertaken by the city’s municipal corporation in combating Climate Change.

ICLEI - South Asia team member, Ravi Ranjan Guru, elaborated on the various projects that are being implemented by ICLEI South Asia, focusing on the two SPF projects namely, Low Carbon Cities Programme (Thane, Visakhapatnam & Vijayawada) and Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project, funded by the British High Commission.

Session: CDM & Access to Finance

Ms. Alpana Mehul Mitra, Officer on Special Duty, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, a member of the South Asian Delegation, gave a presentation on the work being done by the Municipal Corporation in the area of Climate Change/CDM and mentioned that the Corporation works in synergy with the national government and that the national government is financing many projects in the city.

Session: Local Renewables – Solutions for the future! How to best anchor these in a post-2012 climate agreement

As part of the South Asian Delegation, Mr. Mohammed Israil, Deputy Engineer, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, gave a presentation and elaborated on the work done under the Local Renewables Project, which is currently being implemented in the cities of Nagpur, Bhubaneswar & Coimbatore in India.

Closing of the Poznań Local Government Climate Sessions
 
On invitation from ICLEI South Asia, Hon’ble Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka, Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka, gave a presentation on various activities and milestones reached in combating Climate Change in the biodiversity rich      Sri Lanka.  He briefed on how the Sri Lankan national government is supporting local governments in their endeavors in the country.

At the closing, Mr. Nandkumar Jantre, Municipal Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation and a member of the South Asian Delegation summarized the important role that Local Governments play in tackling and finding a solution to Climate Change. He sought permission of the Chairman to address the delegates at United Nation Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP 14 on behalf of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities.

Official UNFCCC Side Event: Local Governments – key actors in the post-2012 climate agreement.  Local Government Climate Roadmap – Bali-Poznań-Copenhagen

Hon’ble Mr. Himly Mohamad, Mayor of Matale and a member of the South Asian Delegation presented an overview of the demography of Sri Lanka and how susceptible the country was to Climate Change. He described the position of Local Governments in Sri Lanka and elaborated on the various efforts taken by the Local Governments with support from their national government.

Local Government Climate Sessions at Poznan
Mr. David Cadman, President ICLEI with participants at LGCS
Mr. Mankar, Nagpur Municipal Corporation
Mr. Ravi Ranjan, ICLEI SA presenting on ICLEI SA's work on Climate Change
Official UNFCCC Side Event at COP 14
Ms. Alpana Mitra, Rajkot Municipal Corporation
Mr. Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Secretary General, ICLEI with Mr. Jantre
Press Conference at COP 14
Ms. Hansa Patel, AIILSG
Mr. Norbu, Mayor, Phuentsholing, Bhutan
Members of South Asian Delegation
Mr. Mohamed Israil, Nagpur Municipal Corporation
ICLEI SA Staff with Mr. Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Natural Resources, Sri Lanka & Mr. Mohamed, Matale Mayor
Official Dinner with South Asian Delegation
Mr. Venkatachalam, Mayor, Coimbatore with Mr. Ryszard Grobelny, Mayor, City of Poznań
Training Programme Organised
Under the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project, ICLEI-SA has empanelled a team of 10 students from the final year of Masters of Science (Energy Systems), from the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Gurgaon Campus, for the data collection activity for the cities of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida. A training programme was organised on 22nd August by ICLEI SA team to impart the details of the project to these selected students.  

The programme started with an introduction on ICLEI Worldwide & various initiatives focused by ICLEI-SA. It was then followed by an overview of the Roadmap of South Asian Cities and Local Governments for the post 2012 global climate agreement and actions project by Ms. Anuradha Das, Senior Project Officer (Energy & Sustainable Management). Mr. Kamlesh Pathak, Project Officer (Energy & Environment), gave an informative & technical presentation on the “Principle and Framework on GHG Inventory Management”. Mr. Raviranjan Guru, Project Officer (Energy), conducted the session on “Data Collection Principle, methodology and approach”. He also explained the use of the Harmonised Emission Analysis Tool (HEAT) and the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) software.

The programme was designed to suit the blended learning approach and involved discussion and interaction with case examples from the trainers.
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