The blue-green edge in Thiruvananthapuram, India: An initiative for urban waterways and waterfront developments

Ajai Chandran, C. K. and Krishne Gowda, . (2014) The blue-green edge in Thiruvananthapuram, India: An initiative for urban waterways and waterfront developments. Environmental Quality Management, 24 (2). pp. 45-59. ISSN 1088-1913

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Cities seek to reclaim waterfronts while protecting ecosystems and water quality Water bodies and associated ecosystems are some of the most important resources for any human settlement. Among the most vital assets of cities with inland waterways and coastal areas are their waterfronts, which exhibit distinctive intersections of human and natural environments. These cities have unique opportunities to work with water. The design of buildings and public spaces, land use planning, and the manner in which development is managed can influence not only the long‐term economic vitality of a city or area but also public health and social equity. Most importantly, parallel attention to regional watershed and neighborhood water issues can ensure the health and vitality of the water resources on which a city depends for its very existence. As in other locations, water has played an integral role in the economy, identity, and culture of the city of Thiruvananthapuram, which is located in the state of Kerala, South India. In this place, inland waters, networks of waterways, and a long coastline interact with a number of rural and urban neighborhoods. In addition to the role these waters plays in water supply, sanitation, and transportation, they also provide numerous opportunities for waterfront developments. However, urbanization has taken an enormous toll on the health of these water bodies—and on their surrounding environments. Thus, there is an urgent need to investigate opportunities for the holistic development of the various waterfronts and for the management of water resources in Thiruvananthapuram.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > IDS
Divisions: Department of > Institute of Development Studies
Depositing User: Arshiya Kousar Library Assistant
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 04:09
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2022 07:03

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