Partner Session

How to improve urban resilience?: A discussion on two enabling frameworks


Date and time (ICT) To be decided by the organizers
Partner Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Associate partner(s) National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
Title How to improve urban resilience?: A discussion on two enabling frameworks
  1. Introduce the two frameworks to the participants
  2. Engage participants in participatory discussions for applying the frameworks to local contexts.
  3. Explore avenues for collaborative research to improve the urban resilience to climate change.
Abstract Ever since climate change concerns began to emerge, it became very evident that urban areas are among the most vulnerable because of their high population densities, fragile infrastructure, and presence of informal settlements. Therefore, improving the urban resilience to climate change is a vital element in any climate change response mechanism. Given that water is primary medium though which the effects of climate change are manifested, its robust management is a key component of a city’s climate change strategy.

This session will introduce two enabling frameworks developed for precisely this purpose. The first is the City Water Resilience (CWR) framework propounded by the Stockholm International Water Institute. The CWR framework makes an objective assessment of the city’s water resilience through a set of qualitative indicators, and then proposes actions for enhancing the resilience in areas that are found wanting through stakeholder consultation. The second is the Urban River Management Plan (URMP) framework developed by the National Institute of Urban Affairs.

The framework advocates the effective management of urban river stretches—as a means to contribute to the overall urban resilience—using a ten-point agenda. Cities are required to take actions against this ten-point agenda in order to holistically manage the urban river stretches within their administrative boundaries. The framework has been developed for Indian cities but can be applied to any river city in the world, especially in the developing world.

The session will engage with participants in interactive discussions to analyse the two frameworks, flesh out their complementarity, and explore their applications in diverse geographic and socio-economic settings.




Dr. Alejandro Jiménez
Ms. Panchali Sakia
Dr. Victor R. Shinde
Mr. Rahul Sachdeva
Prof. Lars Ribbe
Mr. Nitin Bassi



Mode of delivery

Contact person Dr. Victor R. Shinde