Pakamas: The need for water, why cities must respect the natural world

ACCCRN Champion Author: Anu Jogesh

Pakamas Thinphanga is happiest near the ocean. Or, more precisely, she is happiest in the ocean. Her love of diving in Thailand’s crystal blue waters brought her close to some of the most spectacular coral reef ecosystems anywhere in the world. It also made her realize how fragile such systems are, and introduced her to the complex interrelationships between humans and the natural world.

Coastal flood risk management: A step by step approach

Takeaways Author: Associated Programme on Flood Management

Coastal flood hazards are diverse and highly unpredictable. In order to develop an appropriate risk management response, it is essential to understand these hazards and their potential impacts. The following steps outline the building blocks for formulating a coastal flood risk management plan, which can be tailored according to the context of a country with its own particular hazards, stage of development, socio-cultural characteristics and institutional structure.

Urban resilience in a land of flood and drought, a tale of three cities: Chennai, Indore & Surat

Stories from the field Author: Will Bugler

India has a tempestuous relationship with water. The seasonal monsoon winds drive dramatic changes to the country’s weather systems, blowing in wet weather from the south-west, or dry from the north-east. The rainfall brought by these weather systems does not fall uniformly across the country, with some areas suffering intense droughts, while others experience severe floods. The dualism of overabundance and scarcity of water presents huge challenges for the country’s growing urban population, whose health, homes and livelihoods are increasingly threatened by India’s water woes.

Conjunctive water management in Indore

There are a total of 850 families living in Rahul Gandhi Nagar, a slum area in the Indian city of Indore. They are completely dependent on ground water extracted from 8 community bore wells. The ground water contains high levels of e-coli and total dissolved solids (TDS), and these contaminants are affecting the health and livelihoods of the residents. TARU Leading Edge, through ACCCRN program, would like to increase the resilience of communities against water-borne diseases by providing reverse osmosis. Watch this video to see the impact.