Cities in the global South are great examples of social engineering, they are seemingly cosmopolitan, providing socio-economic opportunities. The urban communities at the highest risk are the economically weaker sections of the population who are forced to live in informal settlements which are either concentrated on erstwhile wetlands or on the precarious slopes of the vestiges of the hillocks in the city- thus rendering them as illegal encroachments as well as being highly vulnerable to disasters. Climate change and its effects are more pronounced in exacerbating the plights of the informal settlements in both core cities as well as peri-urban conditions. However, their interdependencies with the environment are rarely synthesised or find places in discourses and eventual action plans. Both regional as well as local area resilience plans require a thorough understanding of the ecological interdependencies for them to be effective spatial resolutions. Technology allows us to study, document, analyse and synthesise the past and future effects of anthropogenic as well as nature related vulnerabilities.
The professional Development Programme focuses on visualising, analysing and interpreting environmental data using the open source platform Q GIS (Geographical Information System). A Geographical Information System enables one to represent the position of data on the Earth’s surface and to perform spatial analytics and even produce outputs in the form of digital cartography. The participants are encouraged to map ecological vulnerability as a sample output for use in spatially-oriented adaptation planning.
The Professional Development Program will be conducted in the format of a ‘mentor-mentee ‘with hands-on Online training on Q GIS (an open source GIS platform). The base data will be provided by the institution.
The participants shall work together with the mentors, to conceptualise the investigative and mapping process of ecological vulnerabilities and strategise on building resilience in the given situations, in selected sites.
Timings: 20th March : 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM
21st March : 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM (Workshop + Final Presentation)