Mr. Ramamohan, Executive Director, Water and Livelihood Foundation, presented findings of the study on Integrated Water Management in Rajkot, which focused on the current ground water status in Rajkot, opportunities for ground water recharge and scope for wastewater recycling. Sub-watershed management in Rajkot city was discussed in detail. Ground water quality issues were highlighted and discussed.
The event was attended by Mr. Jaiman Upadhyay, Honorable Mayor, Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC); Ms. Darshita Shah, Deputy Mayor, RMC; Mr. D.J. Jadeja, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, RMC; Dr. Shirish Sinha, Deputy Head, SDC; Mr. Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General (ICLEI) and Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia; Mr. Martin Stadelmann, Practice Leader Climate Finance, South Pole Group; and Mr. R.V. Ramamohan, Executive Director, Water and Livelihood Foundation.
“Projects like this will help Rajkot in mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation in regular planning process and provide better livability to citizens,” said Mr. Jadeja.
Dr. Upadhayay emphasised the need for public participation to ensure implementation of this plan. Prior to the workshop, ICLEI South Asia along with Mr. Martin Stadelmann, Practice Leader Climate Finance, South Pole Group met with senior officials of RMC and discussed finance options for several municipal infrastructure projects i.e. assessment and plan for ensuring last-mile connectivity along the BRT stretch, pre-feasibility of potential electrification of the corridor; Solar PV for affordable housing schemes and pumping stations, and issuance of green bonds.
A short technical session on business models for identified bankable projects and green bonds was held on the 5th of June, 2018. Mr. Stadelmann explained the importance of green bond, current available market and growth in this sector among other things.