Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: May 2017

Cities fit for climate change

Objective and activities

The project aims to support cities in tackling the challenges presented by climate change. It advises city governments on how to adapt their development plans (land-use plans and binding development plans), urban development strategies, and urban design ideas etc. and put them into practice in a way that creates cities fit for climate change.

The intention is to make tackling climate change an integrated and strategic element of urban development. Plans, programmes and strategies in the city and investments based on them become more resilient to climate risks such as increased flood hazards and take into account the need to take action to mitigate climate change by, for example, creating runoff and retention systems.

The project analyses and processes existing concepts for resilient and low-emission urban development. Selected cities in India, Chile and South Africa are supported in developing their climate-sensitive strategies and their own financing options. Furthermore, they are able to communicate their experiences at international events and debates.

The project supports the UNFCCC and the Habitat III process aimed at creating a new urban agenda, among other initiatives. The project is based on the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities and the Memorandum on Urban Energies.

State of implementation/results

  • Workshop report "From Challenges to Solutions", International Learning Exchange Workshop in Durban, South Africa (PDF 2,8 MB)
  • Inputs to UN-HABITAT conference in Qutio delivered
  • Study to urban climate finance produced
  • In South Africa the development of a climate resilience plan was supported which will complement the spatial development framework.

Project data

Chile, India, South Africa

Partner institution:

Chile: Ministerio de Vivienda y Urbanismo - MINVU

India: Ministry of Urban Development - MoUD

South Africa: Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Implementing organisation:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

BMUB grant:
€ 3,500,000

11/2015 till 10/2018


Fact sheet:
Cities fit for climate change

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