Managing Shimla’s Water Challenges in an Uncertain Future

Aug 1, 2016

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) program, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), pairs cities from across the world in a series of exchange visits. These exchanges seek to promote shared learning that aims to help both cities better address their common challenges. The two mountain communities of Shimla, India (Shimla) and the City of Boulder, Colorado (Boulder) were paired in a CityLinks™ Climate Exchange Partnership due to similar climate challenges and topography. Through ongoing partner exchanges, the original partnership goals surrounding enhanced governance and infrastructure were refined to focus on the nexus between climate, resilience and water. This direction
informed the final March 2016 CityLinks exchange that sent a delegation from Boulder to Shimla. The findings from that final exchange are the primary focus of this report.

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