Ms. Teresa Kerber, the Project Manager for SUD-SC Phase II project of GIZ visited Kochi to meet with the Hon’ble Mayor and Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Director, c-hed. She was accompanid by Ms. Charlotte Pusch, GIZ, Ms. Fathim Rashna, GIZ, Mr. Esakkiraj S, GIZ. The team also visited the Ente Kochi Urban Design Competition site – the Mullassery canal, post the discussions.
SITE VISIT AND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP
As part of the ongoing Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) – Sustainable Neighbourhood project, the project team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) visited Kochi. The team along with the c-hed visited the project area at Elamakkara North division (Division 33), Puthukkalavattam division (Division 34) and the Government Higher Secondary School, Elamakkara to evaluate the interventions identified for implementation in this area.
Following this, a stakeholder consultation workshop was held. Stakeholders from various departments like Kerala Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity Board, ANERT, division councillor, Kochi Municipal Corporation officials, representatives from Government Higher Secondary School, Elamakkara and residence associations attended the workshop. The technical team from Fraunhofer Institute presented the project ideas. The session ended with a group exercise where the stakeholders shared their views and opinions on different interventions proposed.
SITE VISIT TO PHOTOVOLTAIC DEMO INSTALLATION AREA
The Fraunhofer expert along with the c-hed visited the PV demo project area at Elamakkara North division (Division 33).
STAKEHOLDER MEETING ON DEMO INSTALLATION
A stakeholder meeting with Kerala State Electricity Board and ANERT was held to discuss on the feasibility of PV demo installations proposed in the project area.
Kochi Ithile way finding signage project was created based on Reimagining Fort Kochi
Proposal and and Transport Strategy document by SMART-SUT for West Kochi Island with
partners including Kochi Municipal Corporation, Centre for Heritage, Environment and
Development (C-HED), and GIZ India , through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative
(TUMI), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Way finding signages developed through a consultative process aims to provide
localized information both for locals as well as tourists. This information can be beyond the
architectural and heritage landmarks and can also address the local landmarks, public
spaces, activity generators and other aspects which the locals and tourist associate to. This
will be developed as large panel format and will include information both in Malayalam as
well as in English (if possible, also braille and audio will be offered).
The way finding signages were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Kochi MLA Shri. K.J. Maxy presided by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation Adv. M. Anilkumar in presence of Standing committee chairs, Councillors, and other officials.
Nature Based Solutions is one of the few important verticals in which Kochi Municipal Corporation is focused on. In this regard Kochi Municipal Corporation is launching the KAVAKI initiative, which focuses on increasing the cities green cover by developing urban grooves of native trees in a data-based approach focusing on the most heat stress vulnerable regions.
The Initiative is supported by the world Cities4Forests movement, a collaboration of over 80 cities from around the world of which Kochi is the flag bearer from India. World Resources Institute India (WRI-India) and Centre for Heritage, Environment & Development (C-HED) together provides the technical support for this initiative.
KAWAKI initiative was inaugurated today at Edward Memorial Government School, Veli, Fort Kochi by the Hon’ble Kochi MLA Shri. K.J. Maxy presided by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation Adv. M. Anilkumar in presence of Standing committee chairs, Councillors and other officials.