• Kick-Off Workshop for the Pilot Project Education for Sustainable Lifestyles

The workshop took place at Saraswatha Academy Trust High School on Saturday, 15 October 2011 from 14:00 – 18:00 pm. Please click here for the Press Note.

  • Special Megacity Project Session at the International Conclave for Climate Change (ICCC) on 13 October 2011

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  • International Association for the Study of the Commons IASC European Meeting, September 14-17, 2011

Several researchers participated in this year's European IASC Meeting. Find more information here.

  • Journalist Delegation visits Division of Resource Economics on 24 June 2011

On 24 June 2011 a delegation of journalists from India visited our colleagues at the Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Srinivasa Reddy Srigiri first introduced the main ideas and aims of our Project. Afterwards, Christian Kimmich and Ranjan Kumar Ghosh explained their PhD research projects and how their results are linked with our Project.

  • 9th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics "Advancing Ecological Economics: Theory and Practice"

Several researchers participated in this year's ESEE conference. Find more information here.

  • National Workshop from 18–20 May 2011

During the first day our young researchers and new DAAD fellowship holders of the Project had the possibility to present their latest research results. At the second and third day, several closed events took place, such as the regular Steering Committee Meeting.

  • The 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons "IASC 2011 - Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future" - Hyderabad, India, January 10-14, 2011

A large number of project members will attend the International Conference of the IASC. For further information please click here.

The international conference on Future Megacities will take place in Essen soon.

  • DAAD Young Researchers’ Symposium - October 9-10, 2010, Essen

On the second weekend in October a pre-conference symposium for DAAD fellows will be organized in Essen. All DAAD fellows from the Hyderabad project will present their first reserach results in poster and paper sessions.

  • International Project Workshop - Hyderabad, India, Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2010

The one week long workshop takes place in Golkonda Hotel in Hyderabad. The workshop starts with opening speeches from Mrs. Karthika Reddy, the mayor of Hyderabad. On behalf of the German partners, Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch will open the workshop. Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy, the Hon'ble Union Minister of Urban Development will give an introduction into the National Climate Action Plan and Urban Development. This is followed by a message from Mr. Anam Rama Narayana Reddy, the Hon’ble Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development and a message by Mr. Shakti Sagar, Chairman, Chamber of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh. The session is closed by an opening message by Dr. V.B.J. Rao Chelikani, Chairman, Federation of Hyderabad Residents Welfare Association, Hyderabad.

The other days are dedicated to detailed discussions on the project findings and the question on how to integrate these findings into the Hyderabad Climate Action Plan. Furthermore, stakeholder meetings and working group discussions for pilot project design are organized. The working groups report their results in poster sessions in a plenary session. The workshop ends with a closing session on Friday, October the 1st.

Here you find some visual impressions from this event.

  • DAAD PhD Student and Post-Doc Fellow Workshop, Sep 26 2010, Project House Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

Shortly before the international workshop starts, a workshop for the DAAD fellows is organized. Apart from organizational issues, the refined research proposals and first results from the filed trips are presented and discussed.

Here you find some visual impressions from this event.

  • Scientific Advisory Board - Meeting in Berlin 14.01.2010

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board (Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Prof. Hans Opschoor, and Prof. Dirk Messner) have met with the Project Management and The Work Package’s leader in order to provide general comments and recommendations. Especially, their task was:

  • To undertake an annual review of the major achievements of the project and associated risks in the context of the objectives set.
    Dr. Chennamaneni, Prof. Hanisch, Prof. Ostrom, Prof. Opschoor, Prof. Hagedorn, and Dr. Hertz (from left to right)
  • To give advice, based on their individual expertise, about how to improve:
    - Scientific and development performance of the Project
    and Work Packages;
    - Scientific and development outputs of the projects
    (quality as well as timely delivery);
    - The scientific management of the project;
    - Dissemination strategies and outcomes.
  • Programme of the Scientific Advisory Board - Meeting [pdf]

  • International Conference Megacities: Risk, Vulnerability and Sustainable development, September 2009, Leipzig, Germany

7-9 September 2009, Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Please click here for the list of presentations.
For more infomation: Megacity-Conference 2009

  • Ready to move..?! - Citizens Exhibition in Hyderabad (March 2009) Sub-project: Low Emission Lifestyles – Communication and Participation Strategies

The Citizens Exhibition visualizes personal perspectives of citizens on the traffic and transportation situation in Hyderabad. It is meant to activate the citizens and to integrate their knowledge on the current traffic situation into the planning process, to raise awareness for the set of problems in the transport sector and to come up with innovative solutions that are supported by local stakeholders. Thus a process of discussion and public dialogue on the topic and the associated problems shall be initiated in the community and with decision makers.

The Citizens Exhibition was inaugurated on March 1st, 2009, at the 5th Ward Sabha of the Tarnaka Residents Welfare Association in Tarnaka and was since then displayed in Tarnaka, at the 2nd Youth Summit on Climate Change and at the JNTU.

Here you can visit the Citizens Exhibition online in English and in Telugu

  • Scenario Workshop Hyderabad 02.03.2009

Partners and Stakeholders from Germany and India have met in Hyderabad in order to discuss probable development scenarios of the projects main focus areas. The aim of this ongoing process is to reach a common, cross-sectoral understanding of a climate friendly development path for the city of Hyderabad.
Participants discuss Scenarios for Hyderabad

Dr. Koch-Kraft and Professor Ehlers of the Project Management Agency of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have attended this event.

  • International Workshop in Hyderabad (22.09.2008)

Sri. V.V.S. Rao, Honourable Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court, Hyderabad
Prof. Dr. Uwe-Jens Nagel, Vice-President of the Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany

  • International Workshop in Hyderabad (Feb. 19 - 23, 2007)

  • International Workshop in Hyderabad (March 1-10, 2006)

The international workshop in Hyderabad form March 1-8 was a great success. The Indian-German-American Consortium had fruitful meetings with local partners and with politcal representatives of the Municipality, the State of Andra Pradesh and the Federal Government. The seven tri-national pilot project teams of the consortium made a big step toward realisation of their specific plans. Here are the links

A first meeting between all German/US Researcher-Groups and the Indian Partners took place during the first International Workshop in Hyderabad (see Invitation/ Programme). (International Workshop Project 1), (International Workshop Project 2)

Objectives of the Workshop
  1. Strengthen Commitments by all Partners and Stakeholders This means to strengthen the commitments from the researchers and the NGO’s involved in the Project as well as to mobilize financial and other commitments from the main Actor - Government of Andhra Pradesh for the initial Project phase
  2. Review of Implemented Activities This part will assess the implementation of all the four tasks decided at the last Workshops in July 2005 in Berlin and in August 2005 in Hyderabad. A latest status report paper will be distributed in February 2006
  3. Contributions and Discussion on Integrative Conceptual Paper of the Project The focus is on how to design integrative concepts. An initial paper will thematise transdisciplinary and transboundary research and highlight elements of integrative project approach keeping in mind "Fields and Processes" of the project concept (please see Project Structure). Based on this, papers on poverty, nutrition and health, natural resource management, communication strategy and co-operation strategy will be presented (see Annex for Road Map)
  4. Implementation of a "Future Workshop" through participatory methods to exercise a critical analysis of the issues, design a vision for the project work for the 11 year period and evolve a realisation phase for the Pilot Project implementation
  5. Finalising Concepts, Time Table, Resources, Persons of Pilot Project Implementation Based on the exchange of concept notes and agreements and final discussions at the "Future Workshop" on 4.3.2006, pilot project implementation and evaluation time charts will be finalised at Stakeholder Meetings and presented at the plenary session on 8.3.2006 (see Annex for Pilot Project Poster)
  6. Project Requirements and Commitments: Products for Final Application, Opportunities in year 2-10, Work Packages and Outputs, Activities, and Responsible Persons/Groups
    Basic products for final application are:
    a) Integrative conceptual paper
    b) Results of the capacity building measures of the pilot Projects c) Development of concepts and activities of all Work Packages in detail for the first three years and a short description for the consequent 6 year period d) Integrating different Work Packages and writing the final proposal of the Project.

The Rapporteur's Report of the International Workshop in Hyderabad has been compiled by Dr. Suhasini and Dr. Raju. We thank both of them for their excellent work. This Report gives a summary of all the presentations, main discussions, future workshop proceedings, pilot project presentations by all the involved partners and concluding remarks.

Picture showing main partners from Germany and USA after finalising the Task Map at conclusion of the workshop
  • First Workshops in Berlin and Hyderabad

The Megacity Project started its official activities of the preparatory phase from 1st of July 2005. This preparatory phase is of two year period and would end with the submission of the final Proposal in the Month of June 2007. As has been planned in the time table of activities (see Timetable), the first two workshops for the mobilisation of the participants and their commitments have been successfully completed. The first workshop took place from 13th to 15th July 2005 in Berlin with German and US participants (see Program and Protocol).
Mr. T. Krishna Reddy, Mr. K. Ranga Rao, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. K. Hagedorn and
Mr. S. Jaju (from left to right)

Followed by this, the second workshop took place from 8th to 10th of August 2005 in Hyderabad with all indian participants attending it. Four activities of relevance for this initial phase have been the focus of the deliberations (see Program and Protocol of both workshops in Annex).

  • Preperation of the Megacity Project

Dr. R. Chennamaneni, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. K. Hagedorn, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Mr. C. Rajeswara Rao (from l. t. r.)
There have been a series of important events during the preparation of the Megacity Project so far. Firstly, all the potential partners and stakeholders at Hyderabad such as universities and research centres, NGO's and relevant institutions of the state government have been approached by the Project Leader Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn and the Coordinator of the Project, Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni to appraise the Project details, discuss the scope of the Project and take commitments for their cooperation in relevant fields. Secondly, as part of policy dialogue with important actors in Hyderabad towards securing commitments for the Project, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn and Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni met the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Mr. Chennamaneni Rajeswara Rao, Vice-President of the opposition party in the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh on Friday, August 27, 2004.

Secondly, in close co-operation with all the consortium members from Hyderabad, the Project Proposal has been reviewed and further developed. To strengthen the commitments and to finalise the Project Proposals, preparatory Meeting of Megacity Project Group under the Chairmanship of the Mayor of Hyderabad, Mr. Teegala Krishna Reddy took place on 16th March 2005 at Press Club, Hyderabad. Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni, Coordinator of the Project has briefed the members about the latest developments of the Project preparation.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Senator Harald Wolf, Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni (from left to right)

Thirdly, after the preliminary selection of the Megacity Projects by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), this Program has been officially launched by the BMBF at a special workshop organised during the 8th World Congress "Metropolis 2005 - Tradition & Transformation. The Future of the City"; on 12th May 2005 in Berlin, Germany. The Project concept of the Hyderabad proposal "Hyderabad as a Megacity of Tomorrow:
Sustainable Urban Food and Health Security and Environmental Resource Management" was introduced and explained to the interested persons by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn and Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni, among others, to the Senator Mr. Harald Wolf (Senator for Economics, Labour and Women's Issues and Mayor of Berlin) as can be seen in the following picture.