Livable Neighborhoods

A “livable neighborhood” is one that offers a healthy environment and provides for shared spaces that brings together people along with offering convenient access to core services.

More than a third of India’s population lives in cities, and within our lifetime this figure is likely to reach three-quarters. Urban interventions that focus at the city scale sometimes fail to identify local differences, needs and expectations. Focusing on neighborhoods becomes easier to collate relevant data and identify and co-create appropriate solutions suited to specific communities’ needs and aspirations.

Interventions in strategic neighborhoods is also likely to have city-scale implications — improving well-being, resilience, sustainability and economic prosperity that go beyond the neighborhood itself. For example, improving access to hubs of employment can change the labor market geography for the entire city.

 

Kochi

Shaping Kochi's Climate Resilience RoadMap

The coastal city of Kochi is prone to multiple climate vulnerabilities. With fast growing urbanisation rates and changing land use patterns, it is critical to understand citie’ climate resilience needs for further planning and development. Kochi Municipal Corporation in partnership with WRI India, under the Cities4Forests program, is adopting a multi-pronged approach towards building climate resilience through policy interventions such as developing the Kochi city resilience roadmap and community led tree plantation interventions such Kawaki.

Our story map visualizes how Kochi's existing infrastructure and services are equipped to cater to the need of its citizens disaster preparedness and climate resilience needs. We focus on the morphology between different anthropological elements of city, from urban build-up, green cover, urban heat islands and flood plains to access to services like hospitals, rescue centres and open spaces, and map it toideal resilience standards and prescribed national requirements.

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