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Developing Disaster Resilient Action Plan through GIS & Prioritising actions for natural disaster risk reduction in urban areas of Shillong and Gangtok, MoEF&CC/NMHS
The project aims to develop disaster resilience action plans for Shillong and Gangtok cities. The objectives of the project are to develop cadastral maps at the scale of 1:4000 and to map the hazard/disaster wise vulnerable zones of the Shillong and Gangtok urban agglomerations, while identifying and mapping critical infrastructure at risk through ground surveys. This will assist in developing disaster resilience action plan for the identified cities and prioritize actions for disaster risk reduction through multi-stakeholder consultations involving citizens, government, public and private sector and will lead to capacity building of citizens, city, district and state authorities.
During the course of study, a thorough review of the existing studies and plans prepared for cities by State Disaster Management Authorities, Urban Local Bodies (CDPs, CDMPs, GIS maps) will be done. City profiling along with Rapid Vulnerability Assessment for Shillong and Gangtok cities and a background paper for the project will be prepared. Collaboration with State and City level stakeholders would be established, followed by workshops, field visits and meeting
Supported by: Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Govt. of India
Process, Analysis, Observations and Modelling – NERC Integrated Solutions for Cleaner Air for Delhi, PROMOTE
PROMOTE is a collaborative project between UK and Indian research institutes which aims to reduce uncertainties in air quality predictions and forecasting for Delhi by undertaking process oriented observational and modelling analyses and then to derive sensitivity relationships linking air pollutant concentrations and emission controls. This new knowledge will be critical to formulate effective mitigation solutions for reducing air pollution over Delhi and surroundings regions.
Project outcomes will deliver new knowledge on how local, urban and regional [Long Range Transport (LRT)] sources of air pollution affect Delhi’s air quality. With an improved OA scheme and improved understanding of BL dynamics, sensitivities between air pollutant concentrations and changes in local (e.g. traffic, industrial) and regional (LRT) contributions will be quantified with a new coupled multi-scale modeling system for recommending interventions and mitigation options for Delhi. IRADe will play crucial role in informing air pollution mitigation strategies for Delhi which will be based on detailed sensitivity analysis to quantify the response of air pollution to local and regional emission controls for current as well as for future (2030/2050). Socio-economic analysis will be carried out by IRADe to prioritize the mitigation measures based on their cost-effectiveness, feasibility, implementation ability and political acceptability.
Supported by; The project is jointly funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and MRC (Medical Research Council), UK; and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
Climate Adaptive Action plans to manage Heat Stress in Indian cities
The inter-disciplinary research study aims towards improving the management of heat stress risks in India by developing spatially differentiated and gender sensitive Heat Stress Action Plans (HSAPs) in Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Rajkot. HSAPs developed through the initiative will serve to support India’s medium term development planning especially in prioritizing and integrating adaptive resilience within the agenda of climate resilient smart cities.
The objective of the study is to spatially identify the vulnerability of populations and map the impacts of extreme heat events on the health, work productivity and livelihoods of vulnerable population, and recommending appropriate, innovative and affordable climate adaptation measures for improving health and livelihood resilience for the urban population, with consideration of the associated cost effectiveness as well as gender-based implications.
The study will be carried out by reviewing Heat stress scenarios across Asia, south Asia and India, establishing linkages between heat stress and its immediate impact on health, economy and work pattern, along with documenting case studies. Collaboration with the city level stakeholders will be established and detailed stakeholder mapping will be carried out.
The project study will be carried out along with the consortium members including; Municipal Corporations of Rajkot, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Indian Institute of Public Health (Gandhinagar), Indian Institute of Public Health (Bhubaneswar) and Odisha State Disaster Management Agency.
Supported by; International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Developing urban climate vulnerability index and assess the vulnerability of 5 selected cities using the vulnerability index
The project aims at developing an Urban Vulnerability Index that can help identify and target climate vulnerable regions, sectors or populations, raise awareness, and can contribute to a monitoring strategy and serve as a decision support system to the Government of India for devising adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban sector in India.
The objective of this project is to design framework, define sub-indices/indicators to assess urban climate vulnerability of the cities and bring forth the areas of adaptation which the cities should prioritize for improving its resilience and integrate it to their developmental initiatives.
The study will be carried out by reviewing the existing methodologies of Disaster Vulnerability Index Assessments, calculations, ranking & scoring along with the identification of the Indian cities based on the population, city location & ecosystem types (coastal region, hilly region & arid regions). The shortlisted cities are Delhi, Rajkot, Shillong, Bhopal, Vizag, Hyderabad, Jaipur& Bhubaneshwar. Proposed list of Indicators and sub-indicators will be developed considering the various aspects of climate change and urban climate vulnerability towards demography and critical infrastructure and governance at city level. Expert Consultation will be held to discuss upon the Vulnerability indicators and finalizing the ranking / scoring methodology, followed by Pilot survey and vulnerability assessment of cities.
Supported by; Ministry of Environment,Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Govt. of India
Developing Disaster Resilience Action plan through GIS and prioritizing actions for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Agglomerations of Shillong & Gangtok.- National Mission of Himalayan Studies, MoEFCC