Monthly Archives: December 2016

Thevara-Perandoor Canal Survey Report

As part of the rejuvenation plan of  the city’s longest canal, the Thevara – Perandoor Canal, a total survey of the canal was conducted by the SCMS Water Institute and a preliminary report prepared. The report was handed over to the Secretary, Kochi Municipal Corporation in the presence of Mayor and other officials and delegates on November 29th, 2016 in the Council Hall of the Kochi Municipal Corporation.


The report called for reconstruction of bridges on canal by increasing its width and height. The report which included a detailed survey of Thevara-Perandoor canal using remote sensing data and advanced ground survey found that the flow of the water is blocked at various places.
The entire project was coordinated by c-hed.

Meeting with Hon’ble Ambassador of Belgium H.E Mr. Jan Luykx

A trade mission from Belgium led by Ambassador Jan Luykx and Consul-General Bart De Groof has offered technology solutions and ideas for the Kochi Smart City programme. During a joint session organised by the Belgium Embassy in India, Brussels Invest and Export, Kochi Municipal Corporation and Cochin Smart Mission Ltd on Monday, presentations and B2B (business-to-business) discussions were held on various urban development components, including waste management, e-governance solutions, public transport, public space management, energy, industries, street lighting and engineering solutions for infrastructure development.

The representatives of five major Belgian companies made presentations based on which the

interactions were held.The purpose of the trade mission visit was to showcase the best practices from Belgium and to have an exchange of ideas on the future of urban development in our respective cities.The  meting was organised by c-hed.

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

The Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development in association with the ICLEI Local Government for Sustainability, South Asia organized a one day Shared Learning Dialogue (SLD) workshop as a part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), in Kochi  on 17th June, 2016.

ACCCRN is an initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, to strengthen cities’ resilience to climate change impacts by implementing resilience strategies identified with the help of a toolkit – the ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP). Through this initiative, Kochi city is now part of one of the 40 cities among 4 countries – India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia.????????????????????????????????????

The ACCCRN project is the subsequent initiative of the Asian Cities Adapt (ACA) project that Kochi Municipal Corporation undertook along with ICLEI South Asia, IIT Delhi and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the year 2011-14. In the ACA project, scientific analysis of the Climatic Scenario, Vulnerability Assessment due to climate change for the city of Kochi was undertaken. As a follow up action, ICLEI South Asia engaged Kochi city under the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) to take the work to its logical conclusion by developing a City Resilience Strategy (CRS) for Kochi and conducting a pilot intervention in the city.

The project is ongoing and being co-ordinated by c-hed.

Visit of UN-Habitat Official

109As part of the SOLUTIONS project, UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services Branch Urban Mobility Unitse Sustainable Urban Mobility Specialist Ms. Stefanie Holzwarth visited Cochin and met Mayor Soumini Jain and Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Director , Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development to discuss on the various  transportation initiatives of Cochin and to know more on UMTA and Non-Motarised Transport in the city. She also spoke on various other mobility projects that could be implemented in Cochin with the support of European Union.

The SOLUTIONS Project , funded by European Union , is being coordinated by c-hed .