Cities are engines of economic growth. Rapid urbanisation has resulted in growing challenges to urban systems and their associated vulnerability. These challenges may possibly be exacerbated with events of extreme temperature, severe rainfall, intense cyclonic storms and extended droughts. Such climate variability and climate change may impact our natural resources, health, quality of life, and viable urban development.
The City Development Plan of Indore states that “increasing population pressure is resulting in deterioration of infrastructure facilities, loss of productive agricultural lands, green open spaces, loss of surface water bodies, depletion of groundwater aquifer zones, air pollution, water contamination, health hazards and many micro-climatic changes.” The main objective of this TARU Leading Edge project is “Ensuring availability of local water resources during emergencies.” This would be achieved by developing replicable model for peri-urban lake rejuvenation and conservation.
Conjunctive Water Management (CWM) of local and distant sources is necessary to manage the ever growing crisis of urban water supplies. CWM emphasises understanding the demand and meeting it through a judicious mix of the local as well as distant sources based on quality, availability and cost. The CWM framework, prepared by TARU Leading Edge, further emphasizes demand focused end use of water (low quality water used for low end uses whereas high quality water for high end uses).
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Blending Climate Finance Through National Climate Funds: A Guidebook for the Design and Establishment of National Funds to Achieve Climate Change Priorities
This guidebook is part of a series of manuals, guidebooks and toolkits that draws upon the experience and information generated by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) support for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in some 140 countries over the past decade.
This inception meeting presentation addresses the climate change issues in the Cook Islands, as well as discussing the PACC's adaptation initiatives in the country. As with other island nations in the Pacific, Cook Islands is prone to extreme climate events, such as tropical cyclones, intense periods of rainfalls and droughts, and rises in sea level. These have the potential to significantly impact or damage the physical infrastructures of the nation.
Practitioners and Policy-makers Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture: Frequently Asked Questions Booklet
The ‘Practitioners and Policy makers Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture’, which was held at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 August to 1 September 2010, aimed to address the distinct need for agricultural practitioners to further their understanding of climate change adaptation practices.
United Nations University Graduate Research Series: PhD Dissertation - Micro-Finance Instruments Can Contribute to Build Resilience
The second volume of the UNU-EHS Graduate Research Series, written by Philine Oft, investigates the livelihood systems of farmers in the region of Piura, Peru, including influencing strategies and frameworks. This PhD dissertation examines existing coping and adaptation strategies with a special focus on financial service schemes, such as agricultural micro-credits or insurance funds. Coping and adaptation as well as financial risk management strategies all can contribute to increase the resilience of rural livelihoods.