Rapid urbanisation and climate change are rolling out together, increasing the vulnerability of the cities. Prepared by Taru, this book suggests multi-stakeholder led interventions across scales and sectors to improve the resilience of Kolkata. Emphasis is laid on implementing local scale interventions for supplementing the municipal infrastructure to increase resilience through improved efficiency of urban water-energy-food (carbon) cycles. Waste reduction and reuse through circular economy is another focus of these interventions.
Sanitation Innovation Accelerator, a nation-wide program run by Ennovent, Tare Leading Edge and IRC aimed at accelerating inclusive and sustainable solutions in India’s rural sanitation ecosystem. In 2016, 50+ business innovations for sanitation were sourced through the Accelerator and 6 were provided investment readiness assistance by 25 mentors to prepare for a final jury round. Experiences of the accelerator have been documented in the report ‘Enabling Rural Sanitation: Understanding the Business Perspective’.
Taru Leading Edge and the Faculty of Architecture at Sri Sri University are committed to finding innovative habitat solutions to the humanitarian crises that result from Disasters and Climate Change and pave the way for budding architects to build better. As a part of these efforts, Taru in partnership with Sri Sri University have launched a Design Hackathon – “Designing like people matter: Disaster risk-reduction for resilient architecture” in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
To make lasting change in the landscapes and opportunities in Pune that shape the crucial first five years of children's lives, for those who care for them, and for everyone, Taru Leading Edge and EcoFirst India as a part of the partnership between Pune Municipal Corporation and BvLF Foundation implemented Urban 95 Project demonstrating and pilot strategic, scalable infant, toddler and caregiver -friendly interventions across Pune city. The project is a significant initiative towards changing city’s landscape within child friendly framework.
Taru prepared the roadmap supported by CDKN to guide the national action plan on heatwave management. Released during National Consultation held in 2016, the accumulation of cases and experiences in this report provides reassurance that others around the world are facing similar challenges and adopting various approaches towards climate compatible development for cities. The report also included the experiences of WHO Guidance on Heat Health Action Plans (HHAP, 2008) which provides a strategic framework for country level plans aimed at preventing, reacting to, and containing heat health risks. The process of mapping the pathway has been inclusive and participatory, and is intended to meet the needs of local leadership and support a national approach to mitigating and adapting to changing temperatures and extreme heat by embedding actions in day-to-day life.