Key Sectors

Key Sectors

The project has identified four target sectors for formulation and implementation of integrated action plans and measures


As cities grow, the demand for water will further increase while climate change is likely to impact its availability. The partner cities, although having secured water supplies to meet their current municipal services, need to reassess their water supply in view of future climate change impacts. The focus of the CapaCITIES project therefore, is to support the cities in ensuring water security in order to enhance their resilience to climate change.

Sewage/Solid Waste

Urbanization has deleterious impacts on sanitation and solid waste management. A prime focus for the project is on scientific management and disposal of municipal solid waste and sewage, including addressing issues of soil and water pollution, and recovery of water from wastewater.


The total number of vehicles on the world’s roads is expected to reach 250 million by 2020 and the soaring demand for fuel to run them will lead to both local and global implications. The project will address the problem of air pollution and black carbon through transport and mobility solutions.


The buildings sector has high CO2 savings potential, where cities have crucial executive powers. Today, three-quarters of the projected increase in energy demand in residential buildings comes from urban areas, thus making it crucial to focus on energy-efficient buildings. The project, therefore, aims at reducing the long-term carbon dioxide emissions by focusing on the building sector.


With the unprecedented growth in Indian cities, huge demands are being placed on the infrastructure. In the absence of thorough planning, these challenges are bound to multiply. In order to address the same, in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the CapaCITIES project aims to conduct workshops, policy dialogues and document best practices from the cities, to enable better decision making in relation to urban spaces.