“It is exciting to be part of such an experienced and long-standing working group. For over 8 years, the work of the pioneers working groups (cities and climate change and urban opportunities) has reached great impact for partners, with its capacity development/training approach. ”

Transformation – Urban Opportunities – Climate Change (TURBOCLIC)

We are a cross sectoral working group comprising of members from TUEWAS(Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia) and SNGA (Governance in Asia). Our work mainly focuses on the topics of urban climate change and urban governance, namely - low carbon development, energy efficiency in buildings, urban resilience, inclusive cities, localizing SDGs, vertical governance integration, urban nexus, metropolitan governance, climate finance decentralized, capacity development, among others.

Created in 2013, pioneers have been the TUEWAS Cities and Climate Change and the SNGA Urban Opportunities working groups, who have been fruitfully cooperating since 2009. Several bilateral and regional programs are represented in the working group.

Our main goals are networking, knowledge management, including joint learning among programs, regional and technical exchange with national and international partners, strengthen the technical and advisory capacities of GIZ staff and partner experts, and work on developing innovative products. We interact through different channels, such as virtual and face-to-face meetings, newsletters, online platform, and innovative subject related webinars.


  • Webinar Series 2017
  • Expert pool creation and maintenance
  • Systematic Compilation of Capacity Development Approaches
  • Development of a Training on Implementing the International Agendas in/with Cities
  • (SNGA Platform Event (June 2017))


One of the main activities of the Working Group Cities and Climate Change has been the development of a Capacity Building Tool for Local Partners, the Training Series on Cities and Climate Change.

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Contact Details


Vaishali Nandan

Mrs. Vaishali Nandan, is a Senior Advisor under the GIZ-Sanitation Project in India. She joined GIZ in 2007 and has worked on various urban environment issues like municipal solid waste, waste water, water quality, transport and climate change. She has helped develop national guidelines, state strategies, city level plans including "a city climate action plan" and has supported project implementation in cities. Mrs. Nandan has written several papers on various thematic subjects and has been a member of various technical expert committees. She was actively involved in the development and rolling out of the “Cities and Climate Change Training” under the former TUEWAS WG "Cities and Climate Change". Mrs. Nandan holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planner and also a Masters in Geography. She has more than 20 years of experience working with the government, private sector, NGOs and Academia.


Dr. Marie Peters

Marie Peters is project manager in GIZ’s Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership where she is facilitating the cooperation with international institutions and industries, and overseeing the outreach of the project with a focus on sustainable, integrative and climate friendly urbanisation in China and Germany. Marie is an urban expert with nearly ten years’ experience working in East and South Asia and Europe. She is trained as an urban geographer at the University of Cologne, with a focus on sustainable urbanization, climate risk resilience, and urban planning and development. She holds a Ph.D. from the same institution, where she worked in an international research project involving China and Bangladesh. Joining GIZ in 2015, she worked in the field of international agendas towards sustainable urbanization by serving as an advisor to the German government in the Habitat III process.