Federation for
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India Urban Lab: Tourism, Water Resilience and Commons

Tuesday 06.02.2018 to Friday 09.02.2018
Panaji, Goa, India

IFHP and partners are organising an urban lab in Goa, India to exchange knowledge and experiences across geographies. A selected group of Nordic and Indian stakeholders and experts are invited to participate.

The lab takes place in Panaji, Goa on 6-9 February 2018. 


The lab is part of Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Sustainable Cities programme. IFHP organize the event in collaboration with our partners Integrated Design, Global Utmaning, SFHP, the Danish Trade Council in India.


The lab is a 4-day workshop where Nordic and Indian stakeholders will work together on solving some of Panaji’s challenges related to tourism, water resilience and commons. The lab is premised on the belief that multi-stakeholder collaboration and international partnerships are the most effective means to initiate positive change in the area.


The event is an integral part of IFHP’s general effort to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 11; to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 




By creating a setting for mutual exchange of local knowledge and experiences between Nordic and Indian stakeholders and experts, we wish to advance the debate around the themes sustainable tourism, water resilience and commons. The IUL is also an endeavour to create new partnerships between communities, institutions, organizations, individuals and government and to strengthen the Nordic brand in urban development.




The state of Goa is located in the western region of India, along the Arabian Sea. The city of Panaji (also called Panjim) is the administrative and economic capital of the state. Increased tourism in the area has resulted in clogged infrastructure, haphazard developments and inadequate basic services such as access to clean water. Panaji is part of the ‘100 Smart Cities Mission, and the urban lab will be complimenting the effort already made by the city.


The workshop will focus mainly on three sites in and around the city: Panjim Creek, Candolim- Calangunte Corridor and Assagao.



Participant profile:


We are selecting an exclusive team of 8-10 Nordic urban experts within the following areas: 


- Local Area City Administrators and Planners

- City Planners

- Architects/ Landscape Architects

- Urban Designers

- Technical experts (people with relevant experience) on water resources and management, social sector, governance and tourism sector.


If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Senior Project Manager, Ditte Amskov, at for more information.






For more information about the event, please contact senior project manager Ditte Amskov at