Publications

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

Widespread impact of 2015 flood brought people and institutions in and around Chennai together, to provide support to the flood victims. These documented case studies provides an insight into the actions undertaken by government departments, institutions, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), civil defense, private enterprises, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and social media during the flood incident. Understanding of their interventions and some of the challenges faced can help urban local bodies better prepare for such extreme event eventualities.

Mainstreaming of some of the actions taken by the institutions can help cities better their coping mechanisms and build climate resilience. Best practices can be derived from the same to strengthen the existing risk handling capacities of the city as well as learn lessons and replicate similar initiatives for preparedness across some of the other Indian cities.

Practice and Sectors
Roadmap for Planning Heatwave Management in India, 2016
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.
Practice and Sectors
Enabling Rural Sanitation: Understanding the Business Perspective, 2016
TARU, Ennovent and IRC forged a partnership alliance to develop a Sanitation Innovation Accelerator (SIA) for India’s rural markets. The Accelerator was a unique nation-wide search for inclusive and sustainable solutions in the rural sanitation ecosystem in India. This report captures the key highlights about the role of the accelerator, the sourcing and selection of various enterprises, due diligence processes along with key takeaways from the accelerator program.
Practice and Sectors
Road to Resilience – A Guide to Leading a Resilient Life, 2015
The book presents innovative grassroots level options for managing lifeline services suitable for urban households, colonies and clusters. The technologies and processes discussed can be applied in different urban contexts and scales. This initiative was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation through the ACCCRN programme.
Practice and Sectors
Indore City Resilience Strategy for Changing Climate Scenarios, 2012
The City Resilience Strategy (CRS) is an attempt to assess the scale of vulnerability on key sectors, the risks and challenges likely to be faced by the city of Indore due to possible climate change impacts, the likely impacts on crucial sectors and the kind of adaptation and interventions which can be taken to address the same.
Practice and Sectors
Surat City Resilience Strategy, 2011
The City Resilience Strategy is an attempt to assess the key city vulnerabilities, the risks and challenges likely to be posed to the city of Surat by the processes associated with climate change, the likely impacts on crucial sectors of city’s socio-economic life and the kind of adaptation interventions which can be taken to address the same.