Water Security in Periurban South Asia : Adapting to Climate Change and Urbanization

According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), 60% of the world's population will reside in urban areas by the year 2025. The urban hinterlands or periurban areas are also expected to experience considerable growth. Widely defined as transition zones, where the line between urban and rural is blurred, periurban areas have distinctive but largely under-researched social, economic and institutional characteristics. Little effort has been made to understand the implications of land acquisition for urban development on access to water by low-income or poor residents. In addition, climate change is expected to alter water availability, creating new patterns of vulnerability.

In this project, researchers will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to shed light on the implications of water stress for vulnerable communities in periurban locations in four South Asian cities: New Delhi and Hyderabad (India); Kathmandu (Nepal); and Kulna (Bangladesh). These four environments face similar patterns of environmental, social and economic change and, as such, lend themselves to comparative analysis. Project outputs will include scoping studies for each of the four sites; policy briefs in English and local languages, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and an edited book. Consultative workshops with key stakeholders will be held throughout the various stages of the project, with a view to designing inclusive and sustainable urban policies and governance mechanisms.

Project ID

106248

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, July 12, 2010

End Date

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmed, Sara

Total funding

CA$ 800,000

Countries

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Program

Climate Change

Project Leader

M. Shah Alam Khan

Institution

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka

Institution Country

Bangladesh

Institution Website

http://www.buet.ac.bd

Project Leader

Anjal Prakash

Institution

SACIWATERS

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.saciwaters.org

Project Leader

Prof. Ashutosh Kumar Shukla

Institution

Nepal Engineering College

Institution Country

Nepal

Institution Website

http://www.nec.edu.np