RoadMap

For A LOW CARBON & CLIMATE RESILIENT KOLKATA

The Road Map is seen as a timely intervention to mitigate and adapt the city’s urban environment, to prepare it for the impending climate change challenges and ensure that the city’s future urban development and growth is sustainable and future-proofed for subsequent generations.

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Climate Resilient Kolkata

While cities in the developing world face pressures in terms of increased demands for resources, infrastructure, services and housing, they are also increasingly exposed to the brunt of climate change and variability. Shifting the development paradigm towards climate resilience would reap benefits that would go beyond environmental concerns, fostering social and economic sustainability. A multi-disciplinary programme of works comprising adaptive as well as mitigating strategies for climate resilience was devised for Kolkata Municipal Corporation in 2014-15.

UK-KMC Mou

During British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Kolkata on 14 November 2013, the UK Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on low carbon and climate resilient Kolkata.

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Kolkata Climate Change Cell

A unique initiative of KMC. A virtual and physical resource centre for the citizens of Kolkata, providing a platform to bring civic managers, private providers, academia and citizens together to work towards a more climate-resilient Kolkata.

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Knowledge Exchange

Five Elected Representatives and thirteen senior officers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation visited four Indian cities and interacted with key personnel on major climate-smart interventions of those respective cities. IPE Global facilitated the visits with support from British Deputy High Commission (BDHC), Kolkata.

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Comment/Suggestion

Are you interested to engage with KCCC? Please spare a few minutes to give your valuable suggestion or feedback. You can also share your ideas about making Kolkata more climate-smart.

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Voltaire

Men argue. Nature acts.

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Climate Change

We live in a world that is constantly changing, although not always for the good. Whereas humans previously felt able to ignore many of the issues that urban growth instigated, today city authorities do not have that luxury. For many years, there has been a growing awareness that human activities were having a negative effect on our planet and one of the manifestations of this was in a phenomenon known as climate change. Once dismissed, principally because it was not fully understood, it is now fully accepted and the concepts are real and unless actions are taken in the short term to ‘future proof’ our ever-expanding urban growth centres from the potential natural disasters that are predicted to occur, significant damage, in terms of financial cost and in terms of the cost to human life, is likely to follow.

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E-Resources

Introduce you to a range of activities that KCCC is involved with.

Carbon Footprint

A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation, event or product.

Air Pollution

Air pollution is contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.

UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (June 1992), entered into force on 21 March 1994.

COP 21

The Kyoto Protocol legally binded developed countries to emission reduction targets. For the first time, binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets were set for industrialised countries.

SDGs

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.

India Exposure Kit

Capacity Building Programme of Senior KMC Officials and senior Elected Representatives from KMC focusing on exposure visits and interactions on Climate-smart Innovations happening in other Indian cities.

UK Exposure Kit

Knowledge Exchange Programme Focusing on Innovations and climate-smart city interventions in the UK.

IEC

Understand KMC’s ability to prepare for and respond to extreme events; and provide recommendations on a variety of measures to reduce current and future vulnerabilities.

GHG Calculator

Burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas releases greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Citizens' Desk

Local Action on Climate Change...

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What we can do as Citizens?

You can make the difference. You can take steps at home, on the road, and in your office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the risks associated with climate change. Many of such steps can save money; even improve health!

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Around You

Planning for an eco-responsive neighbourhood – Identifying community-beneficial projects that could help transform the area into a model climate-smart neighbourhood.

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National Programmes

India has played an active role in climate negotiations. It is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol among other international agreements for climate change mitigation and adaption.

Good Practices

Preview to a range of Case studies on good practices in and around the world focusing on why and how a concept was applied to obtain desired outcomes

Bill Gates

It's the poorer people in tropical zones who will get really hit by climate change - as well as some ecosystems, which nobody wants to see disappear.

KMC's Desk

Proposing actions that are not merely environmentally responsive; but also drive cost savings, helping to develop policies that are good for the city and the planet.

KMC and Climate Change

You can make the difference. You can take steps at home, on the road, and in your office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the risks associated with climate change. Many of such steps can save money; even improve health!

Rooftop Solar

Cities in India can no longer ignore the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, which together are stretching the limits of urban infrastructure and other urban systems, impacting the city’s basic services.

Green Building

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship – has initiated collaborations with relevant sectors and organisations for multi-level engagement and greater implementation of skill development efforts.

Rainwater Harvesting

India has played an active role in climate negotiations. It is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol among other international agreements for climate change mitigation and adaption.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Planning for an eco-responsive neighbourhood – Identifying community-beneficial projects that could help transform the area into a model climate-smart neighbourhood.

More Initiatives

As with most Indian cities, Kolkata has grown significantly in recent times and with this urban growth has come a correspondingly growth in the demand for KMC’s services.This demand has come from increases in the fixed, as well as the floating population ...

Disaster Management

In the last two decades the precipitation has been sporadic, with long dry spells, followed by heavy downpours towards the end of the monsoon season. This usually leads to flooding/ water logging in various parts of the city. Several studies indicate that coastal urban areas, particularly mega cities located in low lying deltaic regions, are more prone to the risk of coastal flooding. Kolkata is currently ranked as the third most vulnerable city in the world from coastal flooding.

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Contact Info

  • Kolkata Climate Change Cell
    The Kolkata Municipal Corporation
    (I & PR Depertment)
  • 1, Hogg Street,Hogg Building (3rd floor)
    Kolkata 700 087,
    West Bengal, India
  • 2286-1265 (Direct)/ 2286-1000 (Exten. 2402)
  • kmcclimate@gmail.com