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Practice of Risk and Resilience (RnR) - Key Projects


Project Name: Roadmap for Planning Heatwave Management in India
Client: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Roadmap for Planning Heatwave Management in India was developed under the guidance of eminent national and international experts including those from health, disaster; urban planning and environment fields.

Project Name: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN India)
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

TARU is Rockefeller Foundation’s India country partner for the “Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network,” a major climate change initiative that focuses upon assessing Climate Change related risks in 40+ cities across four countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam), and building climate change resilience to a changing, challenging urban environment. The initiative aims to catalyze attention, funding, and action in three primary areas: 1. Experimenting with and testing local approaches to building climate change resilience for institutions and systems serving poor and vulnerable communities, 2. Promoting, demonstrating, and disseminating knowledge about these and other viable approaches, 3. Increasing awareness among funders, practitioners, policy makers and business on the need to invest in building climate resilience.

Project Name: Scoping Study for Design and Establishment of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Centre (DPMC), Hazira
Client: Hazira Notified Area (HNA)

In order to enhance the emergency service needs at Hazira during a major disaster, Hazira Notified Area and Disaster Prevention and Management Committee awarded TARU to undertake a scoping study towards Design and Establishment of Disaster Prevention and Management Centre. The study put forward a comprehensive list of operational and functional requirements, identified key elements for design and construction of the DPMC. The study features establishes the Concept of Operations (CONOPS), along with Operations, Functions, Design and Establishment (resource needs) aspects of the centre.

Project Name: Preparation of the Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Cyclone Programme for Andhra Pradesh, in consultation with World Bank
Client: Government of Andhra Pradesh (in consultation with the IBRD)

TARU initiated an identification mission to assess the situation on ground (Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Identification Mission, TARU 1996). The World Bank/ GoAP requisitioned TARU to assist in the formulation of a multi-sectoral reconstruction and mitigation programme for the State (CEERP). The tasks included clarification of objectives, assistance in preparation of area and sector specific plans such that long-term mitigation objects were pragmatically balanced with imperatives of current reconstruction, keeping in view the resource situation of the GoAP. A multi-disciplinary team of consultants helped clarify the objectives of the programme, assisted in preparation of district-wise and sector-wise plans so that a pragmatically balanced programme across various regions of the State could be developed.

Project Name: Action Plan for the World Bank-assisted National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Programme for the State of Gujarat
Client: World Bank and Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority

The main objective of this assignment is to prepare an Action Plan for the mitigation of cyclone, storm surge risk and tsunami risk to coastal and inland settlements in the state of Gujarat. Derived from detailed inland flooding, cyclone, surge and tsunami modeling and coastal zone analysis, detailed settlement level inland flooding, cyclone, storm and tsunami assessments in over 500 settlements at risk in the state will be undertaken. A network of cyclone, surge and tsunami shelters will be designed and executed based on this assessment. A coastal zone action plan including potential areas for shelter belts plantations, mangrove regeneration and saline embankments will be developed and costed. Taluka evacuation plans and definition of missing road links and bridges will be undertaken. Prioritisation of investments and procurement framework will also be developed.

Project Name: Evaluation of Flood Emergency Response in Bihar & Uttar Pradesh
Client: UNICEF

TARU conducted an Evaluation of UNICEF’s Flood Emergency Response in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The impact of floods in 2007 was among the worst in the country in decades affecting almost 60 million people with more than 3,300 human casualties. The evaluation is expected to contribute to UNICEF’s overall commitment toward accountability and improved performance and enrich its future emergency response and recovery programs vis-à-vis its Corporate Core Commitment (CCC).

Project Name: Multi-sector Assessment of Drought Impacts in Select Regions of South India
Client: OXFAM

This study was undertaken for Oxfam India and covered four drought-affected districts in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Based on field assessments and consultations at the district level, the exercise assessed the situation from a sector-specific perspective (covering Agriculture/Agronomy, Animal husbandry, Food and Nutrition, Drinking Water, Livelihoods, Employment and Migration, and Programme Logistics including Relief) to arrive at the extent of current crisis and possible impacts; and, suggested possible interventions for the short-term (6 months) and medium-term (3-5 years).

Project Name: Preparation of the Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Cyclone Programme for Andhra Pradesh, in consultation with World Bank
Client: Government of Andhra Pradesh (in consultation with the IBRD)

TARU initiated an identification mission to assess the situation on ground (Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Identification Mission, TARU 1996). The World Bank/ GoAP requisitioned TARU to assist in the formulation of a multi-sectoral reconstruction and mitigation programme for the State (CEERP). The tasks included clarification of objectives, assistance in preparation of area and sector specific plans such that long-term mitigation objects were pragmatically balanced with imperatives of current reconstruction, keeping in view the resource situation of the GoAP. A multi-disciplinary team of consultants helped clarify the objectives of the programme, assisted in preparation of district-wise and sector-wise plans so that a pragmatically balanced programme across various regions of the State could be developed.

Project Name: Joint Monitoring Review of the Orissa Post Cyclone Reconstruction of Primary Schools Project
Client: DFID India and the Government of Orissa (GoO)

The review consisted monitoring the effect of 3,500 reconstruct school buildings across super-cyclone affected districts in Orissa through Village Education Committees (VECs) and community-based contracting.

Project Name: Building Seismic Damage Assessment, Repair and Reconstruction Option for North -Western Himalayas
Client: Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC)

The project covered identification and classification of key rural buildings types in the study region by material of construction, structural characteristics and storey height, development of Visual Damage Identification guide (VDIG) for key building types, assessment of possible damage potential to key building types, assessment of vulnerability of key building types, identification of seismic strengthening, retrofitting and repair options for key building types, preparation of technical guidelines for seismic strengthening and retrofitting of key building types, preparation of technical guidelines for post-earthquake damage assessment, preparation of specification and cost estimates for repair and seismic strengthening, preparation of action plans of retrofitting and seismic strengthening of existing and new buildings in the region.

Project Name: End-to-End Early Warning System for Ukai and Local Floods in Surat City
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation

The objective of this study is to assess and visualize the risks (fluvial, pluvial and tidal creek floods), to develop a system to collect and collate weather forecast data, to monitor & collect real-time reservoir (water release) and rainfall data for River Tapi catchment, hydrological and hydraulic modelling for various climate change scenarios (precipitation and sea level rise) and conduct vulnerability assessments (including people, settlements, industries) in flood plains (identified based on model results). It is expected that through this study, the respite time for floods within Surat city will be increased. The project will improve the management of reservoir release thereby reducing the intensity of floods and resultant damages in the city of Surat and surrounding areas. Further, this intervention will also support the city administration in preparing and in effectively responding to any flood like situation well in advance. The project is being implemented through the Surat Climate Change Trust (SCCT, established in 2012 under the ACCCRN initiative).

Project Name: Evaluation of the Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation Program (GERP)
Client: Concern Worldwide

The study measured the extent to which the program was successfully implemented; examined the issues and challenges people faced in the post-earthquake situation and the extent to which these were addressed by the GERP; and, drew lessons and made recommendations for Concern (and its partners) in preparing for, and responding to, future emergencies.

Project Name: Earthquake Vulnerability Scenarios for the North-West Himalayan Region
Client: Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC)

TARU undertook the study for BMTPC to assess the vulnerability of building stock in the North-West Himalaya to future earthquakes of magnitude 6 and above, using scenario events benchmarked to historical data. The study also estimated the potential loss and cost of repair, retrofitting and reconstruction for each of the scenario events.

Project Name: Resettlement and Reconstruction of Aungi Village
Client: Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA)

TARU assisted the Resettlement and Reconstruction of Aungi Village in Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand) after the 1991 earthquake to present a model for technically sound and culturally viable intervention.

Project Name: Urban Environmental Services Master Plan for Lucknow (1996-2021)
Client: WSO, ODA

The assignment included developing, synthesizing and producing the Master Plan focused on improvements to water supply, sewerage and sanitation, surface water drainage and solid waste services with a view to improving the living conditions in the city and emphasized the situation of the urban poor and other vulnerable groups.