Executive Summary of the City Lab Report
Second to Mumbai, Kochi is the most important port city on the western coast of India. However, the city has become increasingly exposed to climate change risks. Barely 5 meters above sea level on average, the city has a coastline of 48 kilometers and is embedded into a complex network of rivers, tidal creeks and backwaters, therefore regularly subjected to natural disasters like floods, cyclones, droughts and landslides. Over the past decade, sea level rises and increased frequency of extreme rainfall events as well as rising temperatures exacerbating the heat island effect have led to growing concern.
Based on the Morgenstadt framework, an in-depth analysis of the city was conducted, resulting in a sustainability profile, an analysis of urban sectors, an action-oriented roadmap as well as the development of innovative projects.
Learn more about the city’s critical sustainable urban development challenges and the efforts of MGI in collaboration with local stakeholders to help Kochi become a model of innovative, locally tailored, climate-smart solutions targeted at increasing its resilience while preserving natural resources and stimulating the local economy.