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Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)

The Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) has been established at NIUA to create synergy across all climate actions which are being undertaken in Indian cities by various stakeholders. The Centre will work with a range of stakeholders and partners to focus on strengthening capacities of cities to understand, implement and monitor and actions needed for addressing climate change impacts in their locally. In the context of India’s complex urban challenges and in addition to increasing climate risks, sustained actions will ensure cities are prepared for and can develop the ability to thrive in a varying climate is crucial. The need for incorporating climate action within existing and future investments towards physical, social and environmental services is paramount to ensure sustainable development.

In the context of India’s complex urban challenges and in addition to increasing climate risks, sustained actions ensuring cities prepare for and develop the ability to thrive in a varying climate is crucial. Given the rate of investments which are being diverted towards urban sectors in India, for example $30 billion for the smart cities program, the need for incorporating climate action within existing and future investments towards physical, social and environmental services is paramount to ensure sustainable development. Our Vision “To Build Climate Action in Cities” Urban development informed by climate resilience is important for not only steering the growth towards a 5 trillion economy but also improving the quality of life of urban residents. This Centre aims to achieve that by creating a one stop shop for climate informed urban development actions facilitated by multi- stakeholder collaborations.


Establishment of C-Cube

The Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) was launched on 25 June 2021 by Hon. by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (IC), Government of India on NIUA’s 40th Foundation Day and the 5th Anniversary of National Urban Missions, 25 June 2020.

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Puri stated that “India has undertaken one of the most comprehensive planned urbanization programmes in the history of the world. The vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of a New India is closely intertwined with our flagship programme achievements. CSCAF is a key enabler for the Smart Cities Mission, driving the future course of action based on data driven performance management, urban innovation and institutional capacity building”. Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA said that “ The Climate Centre for Cities has been set up to consolidate, institutionalize & mainstream the learnings from experiences in our cities on climate change for a better future & healthy environment”

 

 

 

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P4 Support
Research and Knowledge Management
Technology, Data Solutions Innovations
Capacity Building
Advocacy & Communications
Partnerships
P4 Support

Enabling climate action in Indian cities will need broad activities ranging from review of policies to developing solutions for planning and implementation of climate resilient project interventions. The Centre will take a four-step approach of enabling climate action.

  • Developing policy recommendations
  • Developing planning toolkits for cities to incorporate climate change considerations in land use planning, master planning, housing, and urban development.
  • Implementing demonstrative local climate actions.
  • Supporting the national program related to climate change.
Research and Knowledge Management

While some cities have begun to understand the need for climate interventions, translating their understanding to action needs to be informed by high quality research and knowledge products. The centre aims to promote research on mapping current and future climate impacts at urban level, assessing loss and damage, developing climate resilient urban plans and disseminating the key findings to enable cities to plan in a forward looking and climate proof manner.

Technology, Data Solutions Innovations

Fostering innovation and supporting data informed decision making plays a key role in implementing relevant climate actions. With more cities establishing Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) and turning towards digital processes and technology for innovative solutions, there is a need to support relevant data analytics, visualization and frameworks for appropriate use of technology. The Centre will create opportunities for solution providers & innovators to collaborate and support cities in addressing urban climate challenges through fostering innovation including new interventions in areas of data and technology for contextualizing scalable actions across Indian cities.

Capacity Building

Strengthening the urban environment from a climate lens requires holistic understanding of risks and vulnerabilities and incorporating the same in the design and implementation of new urban development projects. Therefore, developing capacity of urban practitioners and public officials on ways to use climate lenses during project conceptualization and planning will help cities in reducing future risks and enhance urban resilience. The Centre in partnership with training institutes and partner organizations will develop local capacities in the areas of built environment, urban planning, mobility, water resource management and solid waste management, safeguarding green cover and biodiversity, reducing GHG emissions and improving air quality.

Advocacy & Communications

Climate action requires a multi-stakeholder engagement. To enable such engagement, it is important to create awareness and build sensitization on climate risks and ways to build resilience among individuals, communities, and the city as a whole. The Centre will develop communication materials to inform and influence all stakeholders including public and private sector champions at the city, state, and national levels.

Partnerships

Many organizations are working with Indian cities, state and national governments in various capacities and sectors to address urban and climate related challenges. Under the CSCAF, a climate alliance composed of a community of stakeholders to build urban climate resilience in India will be strengthened. The Centre will anchor the alliance and strengthen its reach by onboarding new members. The Centre will also mobilize the alliance to build national and global partnerships that can support the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs MoHUA and other agencies in their advocacy, knowledge management, capacity building, innovation, and financing to address the increasing climate risks in Indian cities.

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