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Cities4Forests – Project Launch

Cities4Forests is a movement conceptualised to catalyse political, social, and economic support among city governments and urban citizens to integrate the inner, nearby, and faraway forests into city development plans and programs. Cities4Forest helps cities from around the world connect with and invest in forests. The project is initiated by a consortium of international agencies like World Resource Institute (WRI), Pilot Projects and REVOLVE with the involvement of mayors’ offices and supported by other sub-national agencies from around the world. The project will be implemented 45 cities from across the world for the project which aims at incorporating forests into the urban strategy to address climate change issues. Kochi is the only city selected from India on the list.

The Initiative was launched on 7th August 2019, in Kochi. The launch witnessed stakeholders from various walks of life – City Administration, engineers, city planners, conservationist, civil society, educational and research institutions come together in a bid to use  the platform of Cities4Forests to leverage green infrastructure of the city to improve resilience.  Participants shared an aspiration to help reduce deforestation, restore forests (including more trees in cities), and manage forests more sustainably. The goal of the project is to amplify current best practices and extend the deliberate city-forest relationship to the global scale on which cities and forests interact. On behalf of Kochi Municipal Corporation, the Centre for Heritage Environment and Development (c-hed) supported the organization of the event.




One Kochi One Colour

After the successful completion of the Mission Clean Kochi Campaign, the Kochi Municipal Corporation has jumped to an advanced second phase with the plan to paint the city blue to ensure a unique identity for the city through the campaign called ‘One Kochi, One Colour’. As part of the project, the walls of buildings, especially those located in public areas in the city will be painted with blue colour.  The project will result to the complete makeover of the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Many associations like the Cochin Carnival Club, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Y’s Men International, CREDAI, Merchants Association et all have pledged their full support for this initiative and have also formed a society which will be in charge of implementing the project.


As the first phase, the carnival route of Fort Kochi was inaugurated by the actor Mammootty by painting a wall in Njaliparambu Junction with blue colour. 5000 litres of paint, which is required to paint at the first phase will be provided free of cost by Berger. The second phase of the project stretches from Rajendra Stadium to Broadway.

The entire programme was coordinated by c-hed for the Kochi Municipal Corporation.

Kochi Municipal Corporation – Annual Budget 2014-2015


The Fourth Annual Budget of the Kochi Municipal Corporation, led by the Hon’ble Mayor of Cochin Shri Tony Chammany, was presented by the Deputy Mayor of the city Smt. Bhadra on February 17th, 2014. The 8,57,75,31,849 rupees budget aims at the overall development of the city with growth in every sector. This years budget emphasizes on the overall improvement of Transportation sector through the introduction of Non-Motorized Transport System, E- Rickshaws etc.

Budget Speech 2014-2015

AsianCitiesAdapt : Learning Exchange


Twenty cities from all around South Asia came together in Cochin on October 30th, 2013 to learn from each other on the issue of adaptation to climate change at the AsianCitiesAdapt: Learning Exchange, co-organized by Kochi Municipal Corporation and ICLEI South Asia.

DSC_0056The workshop, that took place on 30th-31st October 2013, gathered an impressive line-up of high level local representatives from India, the Philippines, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal, who discussed solutions on how cities can adapt to climate change, together with climate experts and other practitioners from India, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Dignitaries included Mayor Maizan Ali Manik, Male city (Maldives); Mayor Zulfikar Ali, Mongla and Mayor Shamim Al Razi, Singra (Bangladesh) and Deputy Mayor Tikender S Panwar, from Shimla (India).

DSC_0348The workshop, a forerunner to the closure of the project “AsianCitiesAdapt – Impacts of Climate Change in Target Cities in India and the Philippines and Local Adaptation Strategies” – brought together science, policy and practice to help four cities in India (Howrah, Madurai,Vishakapatnam and Kochi) and four cities in the Philippines (Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Tuguegarao) take the first steps towards developing an appropriate adaptation strategy.

The entire programme was coordinated by c-hed for the Kochi Municipal Corporation.


The city of Cochin is witnessing the great shift towards a metro city with its infrastructure boom and transport projects. With the commencement of many major projects, the focus has shifted to providing seamless and sustainable accessibility and connectivity through integration of transport systems. The challenge lies in understanding the opportunities and constraints and visualizing the transport requirements to plan for better implementation.


In this regard a Mapping and Implementation Workshop was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mayor Shri.Tony Chammany and organised by c-hed.The workshop debated on the major shortcomings in urban transport connectivity and involved the exercise of identifying areas with poor connectivity in the Central Business District area. As a result a grid was prepared led  IMG_8959by Ms. Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan.

Participants in the workshop, including Kochi Municipal Corporation chairman, councilors, representative  of residents associations and civic experts, attended the exercise of identifying the connectivity in the specified area.

ANNUAL BUDGET 2013-2014 of the Kochi Municipal Corporation



The Third Annual Budget of the Kochi Municipal Corporation, led by the Hon’ble Mayor of Cochin Shri Tony Chammany, was presented by the Deputy Mayor of the city Smt. Bhadra on March 23rd 2013. This year’s budget has been formulated so as to cater to the needs of the city as a developing metro. Various proposals have been incorporated with a vision to improve the infrastructure facilities in the city. Importance has been laid down on boosting transportation, solid waste treatment, health, potable water supply, other dedicated projects to tackle water-logging issues, with Metro Cochin Transport Corporation and Pedestrian Master Plan acting as one of the preeminent  projects for the city. The Annual Budget of 2013-2014 of the Kochi Municipal Corporation also focused on making Cochin the first women-friendly city in the country through a number of projects.




Budget Speech 2013-14