Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Maryam Nastar

Maryam Nastar

Researcher

Maryam Nastar

Message Sent, Now What? A Critical Analysis of the Heat Action Plan in Ahmedabad, India

Author

  • Maryam Nastar

Summary, in English

To protect public health, heat-related policies are increasingly being adopted by city authorities to address the unequal impact of heatwaves. Ahmedabad’s Heat Action Plan (HAP) is an acclaimed and successful policy response in India and beyond. While the pilot evaluation of the initiative suggests that almost a thousand deaths were avoided annually after its implementation, it is not yet clear whose lives were saved, and to what extent this statistic was due to the HAP, rather than other factors. By reviewing the published and grey literature centering on the HAP target groups, outreach strategies, and impacts on urban services, this paper points out major knowledge gaps concerning the potentials and impacts of the HAP, which may lead to the systematical exclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups from the intended benefits. In this paper, it is argued that the effectiveness and inclusiveness of the HAP predominantly depend on its integration into urban development projects, which is a challenging task given the existing horizontal and vertical fragmentation in the planning of city projects. Moreover, urban plans and policies, including the HAP, are shown to be overly focused on technology, and as a consequence, they do not realize their limited scope in addressing the associated issues, which are fundamentally social, deep, and structural, such as spatial inequality in Indian cities.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2020-10-31

Language

English

Publication/Series

Urban Science

Volume

4

Issue

53

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

MDPI AG

Topic

  • Human Geography
  • Environmental Management

Keywords

  • heatwaves
  • inequality
  • urban heat vulnerability
  • Heat Action Plan
  • urban policy
  • India

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2413-8851