Kerala

Lending a hand to stay green

The Union Ministry for Urban Development and the Global Environment Facility have reachedan agreement to undertake pilot projects in four Indian cities to promotegreen practices, reports K.A. Martin

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a partnership among 183 countries that supports various international institutions, including the United Nations, in areas related to environment protection and climate change, will undertake pilot projects in four Indian cities to promote green practices.

The Union Ministry for Urban Development and the GEF have reached an agreement to this effect during a recent visit of Naoko Ishii, chief executive officer and chairperson of GEF, to Delhi.

Dr. Ishii was in Delhi to learn more about India’s initiatives on smart cities and infrastructure development in 500 cities, said a Press Information Bureau (PIB) statement.

The official met Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, who briefed her on the schemes undertaken in various urban centres in the country for inclusive and sustainable development.

Mr. Naidu suggested that the GEF take up pilot projects for demonstrating comprehensive and sustainable urban practices encompassing conservation and efficient energy use, reducing carbon emissions for addressing climate change concerns.

The PIB statement said that the four cities for implementing pilot projects by the GEF would soon be identified through consultations between the facility and the Ministry of Urban Development.

Among its other initiatives, the GEF is working on an Integrated Programme on Sustainable Cities to develop conceptual models on integrated urban design, planning, and management for resilient and sustainable development, the statement added.

The GEF works in areas such as biodiversity conservation, climate change, international waters, land degradation etc. Information on its website said that since 1991, the GEF has provided $13.5 billion in grants and leveraged $65 billion in co-financing 3,900 projects in more than 165 developing countries across the globe.

More than 20,000 grants worth a total of $1 billion have been made through its Small Grants Programme to civil society and community-based organisations.



Naoko Ishii, chief executive officer and chairperson of GEF, was in Delhi recently to learn more about India’s initiatives on smart cities and infrastructure development

in 500 cities



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