Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
We are proud to announce that ICLEI has successfully completed the Urban-LEDS: Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries project that helped local governments explore innovative ways to achieve low emission urban development. The four-year programme that supported low emissions development in four emerging economies – India, Indonesia, Brazil and South Africa – involved model cities and satellite cities from the four economies along with supporting cities from European countries. From India, two cities – Rajkot and Thane –were chosen as model cities and six other cities – Coimbatore, Gwalior, Nagpur, Panaji, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Shimla – were selected as satellite cities.
For India who has committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its Gross Domestic Product emission by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 compared to 2005, the achievements from the project have demonstrated the contribution of cities towards this target. Cities have shown the way forward to develop low carbon economies, while ensuring growth at the desired pace.
As a part of the project, funded by the European Commission, several international learning exchanges were organised between the Urban-LEDS cities - both for political representatives and technical staff. Project cities also implemented ambitious pilot projects, to be scaled up in consequent years, as is evident from budgetary allocations put forth by the cities under several schemes. Staff exchanges were also organised to European cities, to enable hands on learning and experience sharing. Project activities have led to significant achievements, through knowledge sharing, technical assistance and implementation support. The success of the project is evident from the political support extended to the developed Low Emission Development Strategies.
Approvals accorded by commissioners and a council to three low emission development strategies are another assurance of the cities’ commitment to implement actions outlined in the LEDS. While the proposed strategy for Panaji has been approved by the city council and commissioner both, the plans for Thane and Rajkot have been sent for council approval after receiving commissioners’ nod. We expect them to be approved soon.
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