RIVERS & SETTLEMENTS

Reviving and Nurturing Water Ecosystems for cleaner, greener, healthier and more bio-diverse cities and settlements

This work is aimed at addressing the various dimensions of water bodies within settlements where a pattern of misuse, disuse and neglect is resulting in a major public resource and community asset turning into a public liability. With the backdrop of rapid urbanization, the global concern for climate change and the government’s mission of achieving a Swachha Bharat (Clean India), the initiative, focused primarily on the urban centres also the peri-urban areas with the related rural places.

The issue of urban waters is being considered in two broad categories :
a) State Agencies and Industries: municipalities, infrastructure, industries and large scale occupations affecting the water ecologies, and
b) the Community – local to the water body’s catchment area and the global community.

The initiative is also meant to build a network of individuals and organizations working on Reviving and Nurturing Water Ecosystems for cleaner, greener, healthier and more bio-diverse cities and settlements. It will inform, address and periodically review the policies and undertake the advocacy measures at the state level.

Supported and mentored by INHAF , this work is conceived and coordinated by Mumbai based Studio Architecture and developed with participation of individuals and organizations with expertise in fields of Urban Environment, Design, Education and Social and Ecological Sciences.