Kochi to be adopted as a model city for climate-friendly urban development programmes by the Cooperation for Development and Improvement of Urban Transportation (CODATU), an international non-profit agency based in France. CODATU, an associate of the French agency, AFD which funds Kochi Metro project adopted the Kerala port city, along with 99 other major cities across the world.
During the World Summit Climate and Territories (Lyon, France, 1-2 July), CODATU presented the initiative ‘Mobilise Your City’ that aims at strengthening urban mobility planning in developing countries to reduce urban transport greenhouse gas emissions. The partners of the initiative wish to engage 100 cities by 2020 in integrated urban mobility policies to contribute to climate change mitigation. They support local governments in their efforts towards urban mobility planning to make cities more inclusive and livable, improve economic attractiveness and reduce GHG emissions.
The delegates from CODATU will visit Kochi by the end of this month. They will hold discussions with various stakeholders of the city’s development on various eco-friendly urban mobility plans. One of the major objectives of the programme is to help cities in implementing climate-friendly, inclusive and sustainable urban mobility for passengers and freight movement.