Pilot Initiatives under IAdapt Project introduce innovative ways for water management

Under the Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptations in Indian Cities project, two pilot initiatives have been undertaken in a micro-catchment of Solapur city in India. While one looks at safeguarding the common water resource of a lake in the rural area through bio-remediation of waste water flowing in, the other looks 

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RURBAN meeting commits to continue efforts on integrated water management

Under the IAdapt project, ICLEI South Asia, Solapur Zilla Parishad and Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC) organised the 3rd RURBAN meeting in Solapur on the 6th of March, 2020. The meeting was organised to deliver the outcomes of the project and handover of the pilot projects executed to conserve water resources in the catchment. In this 

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Comic book conveys the significance of nature based solutions to combat climate change

Local action moves the world! This fact has been highlighted even more in the present scenario. Rapid urbanization has led to environmental degradation across the globe. Loss of biodiversity, particularly in the urban areas has several cascading and far reaching consequences. Biodiversity provides ecosystem goods and services and also has benefits such as Flood Control, 

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Urban-LEDS II cities continue progress on climate planning, commence implementation of climate-resilient actions

Urban-LEDS II cities in Bangladesh and India are moving ahead with their climate action planning, and are leading implementation of actions in the areas of biodiversity and green spaces, waterlogging and flood management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and clean air. The two cities of Rajshahi and Narayanganj in Bangladesh have completed assessments of their 

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Children, caregivers find life under lockdown a challenging experience

India continues to be under a national lockdown that was imposed in the third week of March to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. This length of time would be enough to test the patience of most people, but young children, who cannot fathom why they are being asked to stay indoors for weeks 

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World Environment Day 2020 – Photo Competition

Theme: Celebrating the Biodiversity of India Terms and Conditions 1. Each participant can submit only one entry. 2. Soft copies of the original photographs (minimum size of 2 MB, and maximum of 8 MB) need to be mailed to iclei-southasia@iclei.org. 3. Each photograph should be accompanied by a caption and a short description (50 words) 

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Multiple stakeholders help cities to put supply chain back on track

The Government of India announced the world’s largest lockdown on the 24th of March 2020, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to set in place management protocols in the country. The initial days of the lockdown impacted transport movement and market operations, delivering a massive shock to supply-chain networks of essential goods. 

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ICLEI SA donates PPE kits to Siliguri city

In these troubled and uncertain times, ICLEI South Asia is extending assistance to cities in the region in various ways to help tackle the pandemic, including through volunteer services and development of IEC material. Additionally, 100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits have been donated to the Siliguri Municipal Corporation in the state of West Bengal, India, as 

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Panaji’s illustrated natural asset map released

Dr. Puneet Goel, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment, Government of Goa, India, recently released the illustrated natural asset map of Panaji, the capital of the state of Goa, at an event held recently. Dr Pradip Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board; Mr. Gino van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI; and Mrs. Hansa Patel, Chairperson, ICLEI 

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Documenting local knowledge: Ichalkaranji gets its People’s Biodiversity Register

ICLEI South Asia has completed the preparation of the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) for Ichalkaranji in the state of Maharashtra, India. The process involved detailed biodiversity surveys, mapping of natural assets on the GIS platform, focus group discussions and key personnel interviews with knowledge holders to document the biodiversity wealth, along with the traditional ecological 

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