SUBJECT :Climate Change 

BHOPAL: A two-day international workshop on 'sustainable cities - generating climate co-benefits in urban areas' organized by School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Bhopal in collaboration with United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Asia-Pacific Network (APN), United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and Kyoto University ended on Tuesday.

In the first half, 40 participants attended the training session on 'co-benefits assessment tool' at SPA Bhopal. Experts from SPA Bhopal and abroad addressed the session designed for evaluating the climate benefits of an urban energy system.

Prof Ajaya Khare, director, SPA Bhopal, presided over the function and delivered welcome address to the gathering.

Prof Manmohan Kapshe, SPA Bhopal, gave introduction for the two-day long workshop and sessions that addressed issues on co-benefits of urban areas, waste disposal and sound material cycle society.

Anthony J C Desa, chief secretary was the chief guest of the function. He highlighted the importance of cleanliness of cities and innovative ways of addressing issues like pressure on natural resources, different types of waste and methods of their disposal. He said the way we address the waste disposal will simultaneously affect the issues of climate change.

IIM Ahmedabad prof Amit Garg and prof Jose also spoke.

A special issue of the 'Journal of Cleaner Production-Climate Co-benefits in Urban Asia' of Elsevier Publication was also released.

In the technical session, Chandra Mouli Shukla, additional commissioner, BMC and CEO, BCLL addressed the workshop on Bhopal BRTS, its future and challenges. The workshop was attended by prof Appu Kuttan KK, director MANIT, Giridhar A Kinhal, director IIFM, prof Mishra, director NIGUM and planners from town and country planning (TNCP) among others.

Source: Times of India (Dated 4 Dec 2013)