Tale of two cities: developing city resilience strategies under climate change scenarios for Indore and Surat, India

This article discusses the methodology adapted in designing city resilience concepts under changing climate scenarios for two cities in India, namely, Indore and Surat. This initiative was undertaken in the second phase (2009-2010) of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) programme. The process of resilience planning has demonstrated how local organizations have used new climate and urbanization information to identify vulnerabilities and capacities to develop integrated resilience plans. Local engagement in the development of the City Resilience Strategies resulted in a much greater understanding of the climate change issues and resilience processes among local and national partners. The strategy provides an overarching framework informed by visioning exercise, hazard risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, sector studies and pilot projects to demonstrate effectiveness of resilience options.