Climate Smart Cities

Virtual Training Programme on Urban Green Planning

Urban Green Building Training Programme


13th-16th July 2021

A virtual training-cum-ToT programme on "Green Building" was organized, in partnership with MoHUA, DIFU, and NIUA. More than 190 participants from 17 cities and 5 training institutes were capacitated through 2 virtual and 3 face-to-face trainings organized under the programme. The training was conducted three parts, first in Coimbatore in September, then Bhubaneswar in November and the third is being planned for the month of November-December 2021, in Kochi. These trainings are designed to build capacities of officials and empaneled agencies on technical aspects like Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste, MRV System and Urban Green Planning and Green Building solutions. The Training Manuals and modules for Construction & Demolition waste developed under the project with support of implementing partners DIFU, NIUA are now uploaded on the “National Urban Learning Platform (NULP)” and the NIUA websites for future reference and sustainability.

Most recently, the third PIC meeting of CSC project took place on 12th November 2021. Mr. Kunal Kumar, the Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission) from MoHUA and Mr. Lal Chhandama, Director SC-I (Smart Cities) participated in the meeting.


Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework: Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity  

13 – 15 October 2020 for cities  

16 October 2020 for trainers  


Urban Green Planning (UGP) focuses on the implementation of an interconnected system of green spaces in cities including passive open spaces, active recreational parks and playgrounds and natural conservation areas delivered through private and public development. A robust urban green system can foster sustainable urban development and has multiple positive impacts, such as health and clean air benefits as well as increasing resilience towards climate change impacts such as heatwaves and floods. Strengthening urban green needs comprehensive planning, based on administrative structures, involving actors at community and citizen levels working in concert towards a shared vision. 

Training Goal 

This 3-day training programme seeks to inform and improve the knowledge of local actors on urban green spaces and equip them with strategies to create more urban green through planning policies, processes, and procedures. The training programme is divided into three main sections: introduction into the topic of UGP (Module 0 and 1), guidance and exercise on indicators of ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) (Modules 2 to 5),  and conception of UGP as an integrated part of urban planning (Module 6). 


The objective of the training is to build capacities of municipal functionaries in a stepwise approach to develop, structure and implement UGP. During the practice-oriented and interactive learning sessions, participants will familiarize themselves with theoretical background, participate in structured exercise activities, and reflect on lessons learned and their applicability to their cities. After the training, participants will have well-founded knowledge of the tools and be able to implement first or upcoming local actions in the area of UGP. 

The training programme will also support Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the performance of the CSCAF. Namely, following indicators related to UGP will be addressed in the sessions: Rejuvenation and Conservation of Urban Environment (Indicator 1), Proportion of Green Cover (Indicator 2), and Urban Biodiversity (Indicator 3).   

Contents of the training 

The training is focused on the common understanding of UGP and its applicability in the Indian context. Further,  participants’ expectations and the status quo of the respective cities will be identified. Designed of the training modules promotes the active involvement of participants in gaining a shared understanding of UGP, its relation to city planning and climate change adaptation as well as its applicability under the CSCAF.  

Target Group 

The targeted participants for this training are city officials and administrators, state agencies, as well as training experts for ULBs. The training institutes will also be invited to participate in the subsequent Module for ‘Training of Trainers’.