The Urban-LEDS Project “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries” (the Project) was initiated in partnership between United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability to support low emissions development and address climate change, funded by the European Commission (EC).
ICLEI has the principal project implementation responsibilities working through its ICLEI country offices. ICLEI implemented the project in four countries (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa). In each of those countries the team worked with two Model Cities that received intensive assistance, as well as between four and six Satellite Cities that engaged to a lesser degree.
A handful of European cities served as resource cities. The team implemented the project through a set of seven “Work Packages”. UN-Habitat has administrative responsibilities and participated in focused technical activities providing project support. The Objective of the Project is “to enhance the transition to low emission urban development in emerging economy countries.”
This is to be accomplished through the preparation of LED strategies in Model Cities and where possible in Satellite Cities through capacity building, city-to-city exchanges, hands on actions including emissions inventories to identify priority areas for interventions, and to understand, assess, design and implement LED technical and behavior change action activities in target cities. The total Project budget provided by the EC is6,700,000.00 Euros for a 42 month period from March 2012 to August 2015.