Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative: Global approach - local solutions

Smart and sustainable urban development is one of the main solutions for climate change adaptation and the efficient use of resources. However, the sectoral approaches to sustainable urban development have resulted in very different assessments of investment priorities and local needs. The Initiative uses the “City Lab” methodology to develop integrated strategies and roadmaps for sustainable urban development in the selected pilot cities. Based on an analysis of local development demands, replicable, viable solutions and strategies are generated and implemented. Local partners are supported by the exchange of knowledge in the international innovation network “Morgenstadt: City Insights”and sustainably strengthened through targeted capacity building in the Indian, Mexican and Peruvian pilot cities.

Project data

India, Mexico, Peru
IKI funding
3,616,460.95 €
12/2018 till 06/2023
Implementing organisation
Universität Stuttgart - Deutschland
Political Partner
  • City of Saltillo - Mexico
  • Government of Kerala, Local Self Government (DC) Department - India
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
Implementing Partner
  • Frankfurt School of Finance &amp
  • Management gGmbH
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Instituto Municipal de Planeación Saltillo (IMPLAN)
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  • Regional Governments of Piura - Peru
  • University of Piura (UDEP)

State of implementation/results

  • A online seminar on nature-based solutions and climate resilience took place in May 2022 as part of the public project's online seminar series. The last online seminar will be on Smart City Financing.
  • Saltillo (Mexico):
    • The project team met in May in Saltillo. The visit included meetings with the new mayor and municipal directorates to involve them in the implementation of two pilot projects. Capacity building sessions on Saltillo´s energy model also took place.
    • The municipality supports the pilot project with the execution of the preliminary studies for the pilot project in climate change adaptation. This means an important milestone in anchoring the project to the local context.
    • The results of the project's assessment were a fundamental part for the city to complete their Municipal Climate Action Plan (PACMUN). The document, which is an official planning instrument has been launched in August 2022 and it is available on IMPLAN´s website (…).
  • Piura (Peru):
    • In May 2022, Capacity Building measures on GIS tools QGIS and Carto were carried out. Following the trainings, the pilot project area was selected based on an urban analysis supported by the GIS tool.
    • Local project team of Piura conducted 3 workshops in "18 de Mayo" settlement with the neighbours and two neighbouring schools, in the pilot project area. Aim was to involve neighbours in planning and design process and to raise awareness about challenges of the small illegal dump site.
    • Local team has been developing the urban design for recovering the small illegal dump site. Construction expected to start soon.
    • Publication of the paper "Global approach - local solutions. Sectorial planning approaches for a sustainable urban future in Piura, Peru" 14º Conference of the International Forum of urbanism (iFOU) at TU Delft (…)
    • “New guidelines for the definition of urban projects at the local level. Aspects of sustainable, smart and resilient cities” by Trinidad Fernandez & Stella Schroeder at the 6th Conference Urban e-Planning, organized by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. A paper publication in the International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) is expected.
  • Kochi (India):
    • In May 2022 energy expert visited Kochi and discussed the pilot project implementation details with the local community.
    • In April 2022 Kochi site visit by Kochi project team took place. The visit concluded with a “Smart City Project Development" Workshop with local stakeholders.
    • In February 2022 a Meeting with high Government school authorities from Elamakkara ward in Kochi took place to discuss the proposed demo installations for the pilot project.
    • In November 2021 Kochi Site Visit by Fraunhofer India & NIUA took place.
    • In September 2021 the first part of a training workshop by Frankfurt School of Finance took place providing necessary tools to develop the technical and financial information of a pilot project. The city profile of Kochi was completed in December 2020 and was presented to the City administration in April 2021. The executive summary of the Kochi city profile is available online (…).

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