Mainstreaming Urban Resilience In Policy And Planning

With the emerging national narrative on urban climate action and disaster resilience, Indian cities now have a window of opportunity to innovate and implement resilience solutions. However, there is a strong need to come up with a detailed roadmap to translate policy into action, scaling-up the proof of concepts, and mainstream resilience in the urban planning and management mechanisms at the national level. At the same time, it is equally important to sensitize the City Level Decision Makers on the value of resilience investment and how different stakeholders can drive the resilience agenda locally. To this end, URU is developing a national level resilience framework, proof of concepts for evidence based policymaking, and tools for integrating a resilience lens in the local urban planning, infrastructure development and governance processes.

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Need For Coordinated Local Action


  • Foster paradigm shift in thinking
  • Strengthen community participation
  • Resilience check in city budgets
  • Own initiatives

Municipal Commissioners

  • Organize and convene city level development agencies and institutions for resilience building
  • Drive implementation of the city level resilience agenda Build capacities of ULB and local communities
  • Integrate resilience in urban governance processes
  • Own initiatives

City Engineers

  • Map critical infrastructure assets and services
  • Pursue resilient planning and design
  • Increase infrastructure resilience
  • Include a resilience check in building permissions