The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) will be exhibiting, hosting, and presenting several events at the World Urban Forum -11, at Katowice, Poland from June 26-30, 2022.At WUF 11, our engagements will portray collaborative commitment of transforming cities into sustainable and inclusive centers of urban excellence and economic growth.
This is in alignment with the WUF theme- ‘Transforming Our Cities For A Better Urban Future’ which lays emphasis on the rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.This will hinge on the context of the climate challenges and action, collaborative efforts on funding for climate action, unlocking inclusive and sustainable process of urban planning and design, and city transformations thereof.
Representatives of national, regional and local governments, academics, business people, community leaders, urban planners and civil society representatives will be part of our deliberations.
The NIUA pavilion will aim at fostering partnerships, raising awareness and reinforcing a common voice at the 11th session of the World Urban Forum.
The NIUA pavilion will allow you to experience city transformations and urban goals of India, through the expanse of our work, through the lenses of Capacity, Research, and Advocacy.
At the NIUA pavilion, delegates will :
Learn about the urban city network in India, their impact and actions
Experience panel discussions and events around climate action, inclusive societies, city innovations
Witness the signing of MOUs and forging partnerships
See Report releases
Digitally access over 100 knowledge products
Have an interactive experience at CDOT, our climate city data observatory
Mr. Hitesh Vaidya
Prof. (Ms) Debolina Kundu
Ms. Debjani Ghosh
Executive Director, NIUA
Mr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar
Chair Urban Resilience,Global Resilience Cities Network
Dr. Francis Levira
DHoD, Health System, Impact Evaluation and Policy, Ifakara Health Institute,
Dr. Remy Sietchiping, PhD
Chief, Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, Urban Practices Branch, UNHABITAT
Mr. Sharif Qamar
Fellow and Area Convenor, TERI
Dr. Kulwant Singh
President, Institute of Spatial Planning and Environment Research
Mr. Emani Kumar
Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
Mr. Hans Peter-Egler
Director, South Pole
Mr. Sanjay Seth
Senior Director, TER
Mr. Phil Marker
Principal Consultant, Oxford Policy Management
Ms. Neel Strobaek
Mr. Sanjay Kumar
Additional Secretary, MoHUA
Ms. Shabnam Bassi
Deputy CEO, GRIHA Council
Mr. Shirish Sinha
Executive Director, CIFF
Ms. Yasmine Fouad
Minister, Ministry of Environment
Mr. Trường Trần Việt
Chairman of People’s Committee, Can Tho City Viet
Ms. Ada Colau
Mayor, City of Barcelona
Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi
Municipal Commissioner, City of Chennai India
Ms. Vaishali Nandan
Head of Projects, GiZ
Mr. Rogier van den Berg
Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Mr. Naim Keruwala,
Program Director, CITIIS, NIUA
Mr. André Da Vila,
GLM, Sciences Po Urban School
Ms. Audrey Guiral-Naepels,
Deputy Head of the Division – Cities, AFD
Professor Keith Kintrea
Professor, University of Glasgow
Guidance Note II: Scope of Social Impact Assessment and Management: This guidance document has been prepared for the use by various participants in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment process including, E&S Nodal Officers and Smart City SPVs. The guidance note aims to assist smart city SPVs and policymakers in decision making. It consolidates important information from International and National legislation and procedures. Since all complex urban project may pose requirement of environmental clearance, this note can be a ready and comprehensive reference to project managers and SPV officials during all stages of project planning and implementation.
Monitoring & Evaluation Workbook: Measuring What We Are Doing and What We Are Changing: Monitoring & Evaluation has been an integrated practice in CITIIS, both at the program level and project level. A two-part series has been developed focusing on the development of Monitoring & Evaluation strategies, first of which concentrated on the design and definition part of ‘Project Logical Framework’. The second part titled, ‘Monitoring & Evaluation WORKBOOK: Measuring What We Are Doing and What We Are Changing’ focused on the measurement part of the logical framework i.e. a participatory selection of indicators to quantify impact at all levels of the program (program, impact sector and project).
Toolkit for Developing an Effective Communications and Outreach Plan: Considering the multifaceted nature of large scale and complex urban projects that involve multi-functional stakeholder interests and influence on the project, a Communication and Outreach Plan (COP) makes it possible to strategize and guide all communication activities accurately. This toolkit acts as a blueprint for better and clear planning and execution of communication and outreach programs. It includes guidelines for strategy, execution, documentation and evaluation phases of the COP for effective and desirable outcomes, and has been specifically tailored for projects under the CITIIS Program.
CITIIS and the Sustainable Development Goals: The CITIIS program promotes social inclusion, innovation, resilience and environmental sustainability in projects and has demonstrated the effectiveness of localizing sustainability efforts in 12 Indian cities. In this publication. the exercise of mapping targets set out in CITIIS across the program and project levels to the SDGs has been based on data reported by the SPVs in their monitoring and evaluation plans across the three levels of indicators. The mapping has been done in two parts: Part 1, apping of program indicators (Level 1) and sectoral indicators (Level 2) with SDG target indicators to showcase the program’s alignment with the SDGs and Part 2, Mapping Level 3 indicators with SDG target indicators to highlight city specific interventions and the relevance of localized efforts to drive sustainability.
Guidance Note I: Scope of Environment and Impact Assessment and Clearance Requirements: This guidance document has been prepared for the use by various participants in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment process including, E&S Nodal Officers and Smart City SPVs. The guidance note aims to assist smart city SPVs and policymakers in decision making. It consolidates important information from International and National legislation and procedures. Since all complex urban project may pose requirement of environmental clearance, this note can be a ready and comprehensive reference to project managers and SPV officials during all stages of project planning and implementation.
Developing Innovative, Integrated, and Sustainable Urban Projects using the CITIIS Model: Toolkit on Urban Infrastructure Project Development: In CITIIS, 12 SPVs were tasked with developing innovative, integrated, and sustainable urban development projects that provided potential for scalability. The SPVs used a customized approach for planning and design (called Maturation Phase) which has been generalized in this Toolkit for future urban projects. The goal of the Toolkit is to increase the preparedness of project implementors and ensure that the bottlenecks encountered in implementation are remediated in the planning and design stages itself.
Policy Advisory: City planning from the lens of a young child and caregiver: The advisory note identifies specific practices and challenges in Indian cities, and recommends specific areas of intervention for creating infant toddler and caregiver-friendly cities. The relevance of young children’s need to city planning and design is analyzed through the questions related to development needs of young children; existing qualitative and quantitative data gaps; missing elements in city planning practices which hinder the development of an inclusive city plan; capacity building needs of city officials, and major environmental challenges and their impact on quality of life of young children. The advisory also provides several recommendations to make the cities young children and caregiver-friendly.
Policy Brief: Effects of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on vulnerable groups within cities specially children, women, persons with disabilities and urban poor. Young children (0-6 years) around the word are not getting healthcare, nutrition, play and love they need to thrive. The policy brief looks at the impact of pandemic on the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers and provides recommendations to address their concerns.
Knowledge Needs Assessment (KNA) Report: The Knowledge Needs Assessment study was conducted by National Institute of Urban Affairs in year 2021 to understand the knowledge and skills gap and the related demands by city officials to design and create infant, toddler and caregiver-friendly built environment in neighborhood and cities. The study provides the building elements for developing a demand –driven capacity building strategy for ITCN. The KNA study is based on assessments in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Pune, Chennai, Indore, Gwalior, Chandigarh, Udaipur and Hyderabad, which have demonstrated a strong commitment and promise to develop inclusive, accessible, green, playful, safe and young child friendly neighborhoods.
Review and Evaluation of policy landscape The document identifies the challenges and gaps in the urban mechanism for Persons with Disabilities, the Elderly, Children. It provides broad recommendations to overcome these gaps by analysing the existing national and international mandates/frameworks/policies/programmes.
Inclusive city frameworkThe Inclusive City Framework (ICF) is developed to address the uncertainties, hidden anxiety and danger for vulnerable groups in cities. It has dual purpose of sector-wise assessment of the existing cities in terms of safety, accessibility and inclusivity and planning for safe, accessible and inclusive green-field cities.
Kochi City Lab: Climate Risk and Resilience Assessment The Climate Risk and Resilience Assessment presents a risk and vulnerability assessment for climate change impacts in Kochi. The applied assessment framework and analysis is focused on five risk clusters perceived as most critical for the city:
Sea level rise and coastal erosion
Heavy rainfall and stormwater
Temperature rise and urban heat islands
Change in biological system
Kochi City Lab: Executive Summary The Kochi City Lab: Executive Summary report highlights the key challenges and opportunities in Kochi. The report presents a detailed analysis of specific urban sectors, an action-oriented roadmap as well as the development of innovative measures and projects that will further bolster the smart city initiatives taken up by the city.
Rejuvenation and conservation of water bodies and open spacesThe module focuses on how to assess and spatial mapping water bodies and open areas and actions to rejuvenate these natural assets.
Urban biodiversity This module focuses on establishing a biodiversity management committee, developing biodiversity register along with ways to enhance urban biodiversity.
A Compendium of River Management Plans - From Managing River Basins to River Specific ProjectsNational Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) & National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) prepared a knowledge product titled ‘A Compendium of River Management Plans’. This product tries to capture some of the best practices adopted for effective river management across the globe, while emphasizing the need of comprehensive river management for addressing the issues faced by river cities in India.
The case examples incorporated in this Knowledge Product highlight the globally prevalent river management practices, with a focus on key strategies for - ecological restoration of the river (Environment); enabling the re-connect of people with the river (Social) and; boosting the livelihoods of people associated with river activities (Economy). An assessment of such attempts can provide an opportunity to adopt and replicate them.
Eco-friendly Interventions for Riverfront DevelopmentRivers play an intrinsic role in community engagement. They have vast potential for activating a city’s social, economic as well as cultural life. River edges, owing to their natural character and landscape, are ideal locations for exploring the potential of ecologically developed recreational areas within the city.
National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) & National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) prepared a knowledge product on ‘Eco-friendly Interventions for Riverfront Development’. This knowledge product showcases a set of best practices, with eco-friendly interventions and specific elements, that can be adopted for environmentally sensitive, economically viable and socially cohesive development of the urban riverfronts. A mix of practices can be adopted together as per the local needs, to achieve the desired goal of developing eco-sensitive riverfronts, which also improves the social connect while maximising the economic potential of the river.
Innovations in Urban River Management With the advancement of knowledge, percolation of information and technology and increasing awareness among citizens, efforts have already been made across the globe to come up with unique and out-of-the-box initiatives for river management. National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) & National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) prepared a knowledge product on ‘Innovations in Urban River Management’. The purpose of this product is to showcase innovations, especially to city governors and administrators, in order to help them identify possible solutions for local issues. Several innovative case examples from the domain of Information & Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Geographic Information Systems, etc. are presented in this product.
Proportion green The module focuses on how to conduct tree census and actions that can be undertaken to increase green cover with a focus on increasing native tree species.
Disaster Resilience The module focuses on how to develop a city disaster management plan with emphasis on the roles of various stakeholders and departments in strengthening resilience.
City climate action plan The module focuses on how to conduct a HVRA along with steps to be followed for developing a city climate action plan.
Green building adoption : The module focuses on addressing the city level challenges in increasing the adoption of green building construction.
Promotion of green buildings : The CSCAF identifies 4 measures that a city must undertake to promote the construction of green buildings and the module focuses on providing guidance on these measures.
Energy efficient street lighting : The module focuses on providing guidance on the type of energy efficient street lighting that a city can adopt based on the local context.
Fossil fuel consumption : The module focuses on the various actions that a city can adopt to reduce the per capita fossil fuel consumption across various sectors in a city.
Electricity from renewable energy sources :The module focuses on the various renewable sources that a a city can leverage for reducing GHG emissions with an emphasis on expanding roof top solar systems.
Availability of public transport : The module focuses on providing guidance on how cities can plan the expansion of their public transport considering the local demand at present a future.
Non-motorized transport : The module focuses on providing guidance on the design of NMT infrastructure considering the local street challenges in cities.
Clean air action plan : The module focuses on informing the steps to be taken for developing a city level clean air action plan. Actions that a city can implement to address air pollution are also covered.
Level of air pollution : The module focuses on providing guidance on how air pollution monitoring needs to be done and decisions to be taken based on the monitoring.
Clean technologies shared vehicles : The module focuses on the actions a city could undertake to enable low carbon transition with an emphasis on promoting electric vehicles.
Water resource management : The module focuses on how cities can assess their water resources based on demand management and develop a water resources management plan to inform actions
Non-revenue water management : The module focuses on how cities can reduce their water losses from the distribution system and reduce the non revenue water
Wastewater recycle and reuse : The module introduces the various methods to recycle waste water along with illustrating the ways to expand the reuse this water.
Flood/ water stagnation risk management : The module provides guidance on conducting a flood risk assessment, developing a flood management plan and operationalizing the SOP for flood management
Energy efficient water supply system : The module provides guidance on how cities can bring in energy efficiency in the water supply system and conduct the energy audit.
Energy efficient wastewater management system : The module provides guidance on how cities can bring in energy efficiency in the wastewater management and make informed decisions based on the energy audit.
Waste minimization : The module provides guidance on how cities can minimize waste with emphasis on plastic waste management.
Construction and demolition waste management : The module provides guidance on how cities can enhance an effective management of waste emerging from the construction industry.
Scientific landfill : The module provides guidance on how cities can scientifically manage their landfill in order to address the methane emission and reduce health hazard.
Landfill remediation : The module provides guidance on how cities can remediate their landfills and dumpsites to enhance the waste management system of cities.
Urban Outcomes Framework 2022 : The Urban Outcomes Framework 2022 is a shift in focus from indices to data. The framework aims to develop a transparent and comprehensive database based on cross-city outcomes across sectors such as Demography, Economy, Education, Energy, Finance, Environment, Governance & ICT, Health, Housing, Mobility, Planning, Safety and Security, Solid Waste Management, Water and Sanitation. The collaborative effort will create a window for open, accessible and quality urban data that will serve as ammunition for research, analysis, assessments and evidence-based policymaking.