Running projects

Impetus - Climate Change Impacts on Migration and Urbanization
(funded by Leibniz Association).

Finished projects

RAMSES - Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities
The RAMSES project delivers much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of soft (e.g. land use planning) and hard (e.g infrastructure alteration) adaptation measures. It is the particular aim to develop (i) methods and tools to assess climate impacts, vulnerability and risks in cities; (ii) methods to quantify the full economic costs and benefits of climate change adaptation (integrated top-down/bottom-up approach). RAMSES performs certain case studies in certain European and cities in developing countries. PIK is coordinating the project, partners are Newcastle University, London School of Economics, University Versailles, Bergen University, and others (funded by EU FRP7).

Focal cities:
  • Antwerp
  • London
  • Bilbao
Supportive cities:
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Bogota
  • Hydarabad
  • New York
  • Skopje
ACA - Developing Action Plans against Climate Change in South East Asian Cities (2010-2013)
Living in cities will become the preferable lifestyle in the 21st century. With regard to climate change cities are both (i) responsible for approx. 70% of all GHG emissions, and (ii) resilient with respect to envirmental disaster like cyclones or floods. Therefore it is mandatory to develop strategies which can reconcile adaptation, climate protection and development (win-win-win concepts). The project will analyse structural feature of cities by parallel developing foresighted concepts in this regard.

Cities involved in India:
  • Corporation of Cochin/Kerala
  • Municipal Corporation of Madurai/Tamil Nadu
  • Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation/Andra Pradesh
  • Guntur Municipal Corporation/Andra Pradesh
Cities involved on the Philippines:
  • Baguio City/Benguet, Luzon
  • Dagupan City/Pangasinan, Luzon
  • San Fernando City/La Union, Luzon
  • Tuguegarao City/Cagayan, Luzon
The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Germany.

HYDERABAD - Megacities: Climate and Energy in a complex transition process towards Sustainability in Hyderabad (finalised - 2013)
The Hyderabad project involves 11 German, Indian and International Partners. The objective of the project is to establish Hyderabad as a "Low Emission City in Asia"; it comprises the following components: (a) Designing a "Sustainable Development Framework", which involves mitigation and adaptation strategies regarding climate change and the provision of energy; (b) Developing a "Perspective Action Plan" towards conceptualizing relevant implementation strategies and (c) Initiating pilot projects, learning processes, institutions and governance structures, contributing to permanent behavioural changes (financed by BMBF).