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Urban community based micro resilience model of ward exposed to climate and hydro-meteorological risk

Mahewa Ward, Gorakhpur District, Uttar Pradesh, India
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The Rockefeller Foundation

This project focused on establishing micro planning mechanisms by creating a live learning model of a climate resilient ward planning in Mahewa Ward which is one of the 70 wards of Gorakhpur city. The project advocated developing decentralized solid waste management and sanitation plan, promoting climate resilient livelihood in flood condition, developing resilient housing design, and awareness on community health through the involvement of community in the overall development planning process to the local government.

Considering the loopholes of top-down approach of developmental planning, the programme adopted a multi-tier approach towards building community resilience. It addressed capacities for absorbing shocks and stresses through direct intervention at multi-tier – individual household, neighbourhood cluster and ward levels, thus building a strong case for a bottom –up planning process through community participation.


Following are the key outcomes:

  • Collective understanding on climate change resilience
  • Provision of basic need services in the Mahewa Ward
  • Improved governance
  • Linkage between climate change and development mechanisms
  • Community Ownership and empowerment
  • Advocacy with local government