Climate Smart Cities

Dynamic urbanisation, rapid population growth, and changing consumer and mobility behaviour are posing challenges to India’s urban infrastructure. As key sources of greenhouse gas emissions, cities play an important role in national climate protection policy. However, local capacities are not yet sufficient to efficiently implement local climate strategies and/or urban development projects with an impact on the climate. The project anchors climate-friendly solutions in the planning and implementation of projects of the Indian government’s Smart Cities Programme. It advises the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), cities and federal states on climate-friendly infrastructure and urban development, the development of competencies of city administrations and training institutions, and on network formats. Furthermore, the project supports the German-Indian policy dialogue on climate-friendly urban development. The project contributes to the achievement of national climate targets and urban SDGs.

Project data

IKI funding
4,760,000.00 €
06/2018 till 11/2022
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) - India
Implementing Partner
  • Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (DIFU) - Germany
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  • Technische Universität Berlin

State of implementation/results

  • On 16.12.2021, the City Climate Alliance (CCA) was founded by the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) and with the support from Climate Smart Cities project.
  • The project supports the national awareness raising campaign on climate change that was initiated by the Indian Ministry for Housing and Urban Development and the project pilot cities
  • The German ambassador in India, Mr. Walter J. Lindner, visited on the 01.09.2021 the CSC project site in the Nayapalli that works on the improvement of the local rain-water management (…).
  • In the framework of MoHUA´s event series on climate change and cities, the project organized together with NIUA, WRI, GIZ and KMC a session on "Local Climate Action -Plan, Prioritization and Market Outlook" (…).
  • On 03.05.2021 the third meeting of the German-Indian Joint Working Group on sustainable urbanization took place.
  • A new and certified online learning course on "Sustainable Construction & Demolition Waste Management" that is based on the project´s learning materials is now available on the National Urban Learning Platform (NULP) hosted by MoHUA and NIUA (


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