Climate – Smart Cities


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One of the biggest challenges that cities have to overcome is that of climate change to realize their potential as engines of growth. There is an urgent need for actions to be integrated and mainstreamed within development plans to safeguard people, livelihood and the investments which are being made towards infrastructure.

This webinar covers the key findings from The Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs covering over 126 cities, including 100 Smart Cities and 26 cities with a population of over 500,000. The assessment was carried out across 28 climate indicators under five themes (i) Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity (ii) Energy and Green Buildings; (iii) Mobility and Air Quality; (vi) Water Management and (v) Waste Management. The formulated indicators are progressive and aspirational in nature. It is not only the reflection of the current performance of cities in India but also provides guidance to progress in a sustainable and climate-friendly manner.

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About the speaker:
Dr Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar is Chair, Urban Resilience Unit and Heading the Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) at National Institute of Urban Affairs, India. He has over 18 years of experience in developing risk reduction strategies, climate change analysis, institutional strengthening for governments, INGOs and multi-lateral agencies. He has been the team leader and project manager for some of India’s pioneering risk resilience efforts, including the implementation of early warning systems, urban disease surveillance, and city resilience strategies.

This webinar is part of the ‘NZEB Knowledge Series’ – an initiative supported by USAID’s MAITREE program ( to accelerate the discussions and catalyse actions on Net Zero Energy Buildings in India.


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