Urban Flood Mitigation: An Approach from Vulnerability to Resilience – A Case of Chennai


Urban Flood Mitigation: An Approach from Vulnerability to Resilience – A Case of Chennai

Chennai city faced floods of unprecedented scale during the year 2015. Many lakhs of people have suffered and lost hundreds of billions on worth material and services. However, whole city is not flooded uniformly and the difficulties are not uniform among the sufferers. Many volunteers came up and stood for providing the ground level support and demonstrated resilience to the floods.

Taru had conducted studies to understand resilience demonstrated by various stakeholders during the floods. In the first anniversary of Chennai flood, Taru in collaboration with ACCCRN and organized a one day workshop on, “Urban Flood mitigation: An approach from vulnerability to resilience (V2R) – A case of Chennai city”. The knowledge partners of the workshop were Madras Chamber of Commerce, Chennai (MCCI); National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi and Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) - LEAD, Chennai

The main objective of the workshop is to understand the dormant resilience within the community and other stakeholders and share the learning from our case studies with a wider audience.

We have invited national thought leaders in urban resilience, Mr. Kamal Kishore, member, NDMA; Dr. V. Thiruppugazh, Advisor, NDMA and Mr. G. Padmanabhan, Emergency Specialist, UNDP to influence the local stakeholders to carry forward the learnings.

Local experts included academic institutions like, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, Anna University, School of Planning and Architecture – Chennai, National Institute of Ocean Technology, The Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM), and others.

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