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Mayors from 2 nations join Tony Chammany to open climate programme (Nov)

Deccan Chronicle , Friday, November 01, 2013
Kochi: The two-day learning exchange programme on the impact of climate change organised as part of the AsianCitiesAdapt - 'Impact of Climate Change in Target Cities in India and the Philippines and Local Adaptation Strategies' - launched by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), was inaugurated by four city mayors from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives.
Mohamed Zulfikar Ali, Mayor of Mongla municipal corporation, Bangladesh, Shamim Al Razi, Mayor of Singra municipal corporation, Bangladesh, Maizan Ali Manik, mayor of Male City, Maldives and Tony Chammany, Mayor of Kochi, inaugurated the two-day conference which is being attended by climate scientists, experts, delegates from ICLEI and other stakeholders.
Addressing the gathering, Mayor Tony Chammany said the AsianCitiesAdapt project was able to explore the various means, methods and strategies meant to counter the consequences of climate change at the local level.
The project had also helped in enhancing awareness, knowledge and capacity of participating cities including Kochi, through an integrated and cyclical management tool.
Meanwhile, mayors from other cities shared their experiences and initiatives in mitigating the impact of climate change.
Mohamed Arees, councillor of Matale municipal council of Sri Lanka and Tikender S.Panwar, Deputy Mayor of Shimla corporation also attended the inaugural session.