Climate Smart Cities

Climate Smart Cities

Good Governance and Civil Society

Client: GIZ

Period: 07.2019 – 05.2022

Country: India



India shows a high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, so that these extreme weather events can drastically cut down the country´s budget and agricultural production: poor air quality, enormous rise of heat, extreme monsoon seasons, heavy droughts, numerous fatalities associated with hyperthermia or dehydration, heavy rainfalls, landslides, and destruction of crops and relevant infrastructure are some of the examples of this situation.


India intends to reduce its emission intensity by 33-35% by 2030, compared to its levels of 2005, and has declared this in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, and created the Smarts Cities Mission. The Smarts Cities Mission launched by the Government of India (GoI) in 2015 targets 100 Indian Cities that plan their urban renewal and retrofitting from their own perspective “to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens” .



Project description


The GIZ project Climate Smart Cities in India supports three Smart Cities – Cochin (Kerala), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Bhubaneshwar (Orissa) –, contributing to an efficient implementation of the funds and investments of the Smart Cities, which also targets a concrete contribution to the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable development Goals. The project aims to develop climate-friendly solutions for urban infrastructure supply and urban development that are anchored in the planning and implementation of projects within the framework of the Indian government´s Smart Cities Program.



We prepare the ground and develop an adapted toolbox for the project to steer, manage and monitor efficiently, building a base for thorough application and review of project documents and concise reporting to BMU.


Our assignment comprises:

  • Accompany the strategy development and operational planning by promoting a close interaction with the national Smart Cities Mission and an early involvement of its stakeholders
  • Support the project in the development and operationalization of the impact-oriented management and monitoring system.
  • Support the development, application and updating of Capacity WORKS (CW) tools as per GIZ’s management model to ensure the close follow up of the project progress and the resulting assessment of needs for adjustment to the monitoring instruments.
  • Provide support in the documentation of project progress for BMU reporting trough the proper use of the monitoring system’s instruments.