The CapaCITIES project aims to strengthen the capacities of Indian cities, to identify, plan and implement measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for enhancing resilience to climate change in an integrated manner

Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development


Today, cities account for approximately two-thirds of global energy use and over 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that drive global climate change. In India, increased demand for energy, infrastructure and services is putting city systems under pressure. This will be accentuated further by growing risks caused by climate variability. Poor and vulnerable segments of the city populations will be affected most. Through the Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development project (CapaCITIES), SDC’s Global Programme on Climate Change will support and accelerate the Government of India’s efforts for sustainable urbanization.

The project aims to:

  • Enhance the capacities of city authorities in four partner cities to plan and implement mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • Initiate city-level climate change mitigation measures for priority sectors.
  • Initiate city-level climate change adaptation measures for priority sectors.
  • Increase awareness on low carbon and climate resilient city development in India and other countries.


Area: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Duration: July 2016 – June 2019

Implementation Partners:
• Consortium of South Pole Carbon Management Ltd., ICLEI South Asia and econcept AG

Public Sector Partners:
• Municipal Corporations and city-level authorities of Coimbatore, Rajkot, Siliguri and Udaipur
• Urban Development/Municipal Affairs Department of the Governments of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan

Geographic focus: Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Rajkot (Gujarat), Siliguri (West Bengal) and Udaipur (Rajasthan)


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been a partner of India for close to sixty years. Since 2011, SDC’s programme focuses specifically on the issue of climate change and environment. It is part of SDC’s Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE), which actively engages in multilateral climate change policy processes, supports innovative climate change and mitigation projects in select partner countries and facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge.