Socio-Ecological Resilience of Peri-Urban Coastal Areas. Climate Change and its impact on Urban Peripheries of Mumbai

Sandeep Balagangadharan Menon, Javier Martinez, Funda Atun

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Abstract

This study provides new insights on the ground realities of the peri-urban coastal settlements and integrates them within the academic course developments for higher education in India. Coastal areas face multiple risks related to the climate change crisis and allied bio-geo-climatic variabilities, affecting a large population. The vulnerability of coastal areas to climate change is an issue that has gained attention globally. Peri-urban areas in the global South have peculiarities and challenges that need to be addressed while dealing with issues of ensuring resilience. The peri-urban communities depend on the environmental resources for their sustenance which are undergoing rapid transformations in the recent spate of urban sprawl. Through a case study approach and a detailed community survey, the study approaches the socio-ecological resilience of three peri-urban waterfront communities- each with a distinct relation with the water’s edge and their vulnerable habitats north of the city Mumbai, along the River Ulhas. The study highlights the importance of expanding the understanding of socio-ecological resilience to include ‘everyday resilience’ to address the vulnerabilities faced by the coastal peri-urban communities. The study also highlights the consequences of rampant disregard for the environment in the newer developments in the peri-urban areas of the global South cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDRiM2021 The 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management
PublisherKyoto University
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021
Event11th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management, IDRiM 2021 - Virtual Event
Duration: 22 Sep 202124 Sep 2021
Conference number: 11

Conference

Conference11th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management, IDRiM 2021
Abbreviated titleIDRiM 2021
CityVirtual Event
Period22/09/2124/09/21

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