Action-oriented resilience assessment of communities in Chennai, India

Jonas Joerin, Rajib Shaw, Yukiko Takeuchi, Ramasamy Krishnamurthy

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Building resilience to disasters is indispensable in cities, like Chennai, India, which are challenged by emerging urban disaster risks caused by impacts of urbanization and higher probability of future disasters due to climate change. In this paper, an actionoriented resilience assessment (AoRA), consisting of 63 actions, divided into 21 parameters and 5 dimensions (physical, social, economic, institutional and natural), is defined which has the objective to enhance the resilience of communities of Chennai to climate-related disasters. On the basis of responses from the selected target group, community leaders (councillors) in the 155 wards, the local government of Chennai is the key stakeholder to implement the proposed actions in the AoRA. However, further findings underpin that a multi-stakeholder approach, involving communities, academia, private organizations and NGOs, is needed to create disaster resilient communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-241
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Hazards
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chennai
  • Community resilience
  • Disaster risk reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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