Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Megacities in Action: Role of Urban Regeneration in developing Climate friendly environment

Last modified: 2015-11-25


Cities act as key element for directing the urban development towards sustainability. In recent years, cities are facing various institutional challenges to urban sustainability that are linked with various multi-dimensional factors such as urban environment, social context, urban economy and urban governance. Since Rio Earth Summit, 1992 the concern for climatic change has emerged robustly and demands urgent inputs from different stake holders to deepen their understanding of the environmental limits at all levels and devise better directions for accounting the escalating pressures and the impacts, that are taking these occurring damages beyond limits. India being the second most populous country and arguably, one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, stands a high risk of climatic impacts with relatively low adaptive capacities. The research is based on a study of different megacities in India such as Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi through formulation of vulnerability score determined on the basis of defined parameters including adaptive capacity, resilience and vulnerability. Appropriate spatial policies play a vital role in tackling this ‘climate change predicament’ and ‘Urban Regeneration’ inherently comprises such interventions from redevelopment to rehabilitation, which provides diversified opportunities to introduce the policies that address climatic change. Further the paper tries to frame several spatial policy responses through ‘Urban Regeneration’ that can make these megacities more climate friendly and less vulnerable subjected to spatial deficiencies.

Keywords: Urban Regeneration, Climate Change, Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development