Land Use Planning and Management

Land Use Planning and Management


  • Land Use Policies
  • Spatial Planning Instruments
  • Organizational Development / Cooperation Model
  • Human Capacity Development


Within the Indo-German Partnership, the “Land Use Planning and Management Project” by GIZ, the Ministry of Rural Development and the two State Governments of Tamil Nadu and Odisha aims to improve the general culture of spatial planning in India. It wants to contribute to a better spatial governance that helps to avoid conflicts of land uses and spatial disorder. It aims to clarify the responsibilities for a spatial planning within the public administrations.

One core aspect of the project is to revive the constitutional provision of a spatial District Planning. This scale offers a great chance to introduce a consistent, normative and systematic spatial planning that covers the full country with a unique toolkit of instruments and guidelines. District Planning furthermore can help to introduce spatial and land use planning to the rural areas. It can continuously describe the use of land for both, urban and rural areas, and thus can become a great tool for avoiding the urban sprawl with its negative side effects on climate and environment. The project is in line with the general idea to promote the “compact city” that strengthens as well the urban, the rural and the nature.

Highlight Activities include:

  • Selection of pilot states (Tamil Nadu and Odisha)
  • Selection of Pilot Area within the both states for showcasing a spatial district planning

Field of intervention

  • Policy dialogue related to UNFCCC negotiations
  • Peer-to-peer exchange on NDC implementation and transparency
  • Capacity building for on NDC implementation and transparency
  • Knowledge management related to on NDC implementation and transparency
  • Networking
  • Policy advice for BMUB

Targeted beneficiaries

  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India
  • Line Ministries and Departments (forestry division MoEFCC, state forest departments, Ministry of Urban Development)
  • Municipalities
  • NGOs, think tanks


  • Developed the India-specific ‘National Climate Change Mitigation Action (NAMA) Manual’, including a definition and a framework for the development and management of NAMAs in India
  • Finalised the NAMA feasibility studies for the sectors waste and forestry as preparation for the NAMA concepts, incl. numerous stakeholder consultations
  • Prepared outlines for NAMA Support Projects (NSP) under the 4th Call of the NAMA Facility for both sectors waste and forestry
  • Explored the ‘role of the private sector to scale up climate finance in India’
  • Proposed roles and capacities of a NAMA coordination cell



June 2014 - October 2018

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