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Urban River Restoration: A Methodological Discourse with Examples from Kerala, India

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Urban river restoration is an emerging challenge across the world. Several countries are in the process of executing various restoration programmes. However, often the thrust of restoration activities is on technical measures with little or no scope for social interventions. This has not produced desired results, and the need for a paradigm shift is globally felt. It is realised that social and ecological issues are equally important as most of the ecological problems are of societal origin. The co-evolutionary approach advocated in recent years stresses the consideration of both social and ecological issues and stakeholder participation. Examining two case studies from Kerala, India, this paper argues that the participatory approach has the potential to emerge as the viable alternative for urban river restoration under the co-evolutionary framework. The methodological challenges are context-specific, however, there is a need for a broad policy framework and strategic plan covering a wide range of activities from the campaign, conscientisation to plot-level intervention.

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This paper is part of the ongoing research project under National Fellowship. The author is grateful to the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India, New Delhi, for awarding the National Fellowship. Thanks are also due to Prof. K.J. Joseph, Director, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT) for hosting the national fellowship and extending facilities to complete the work.

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Chattopadhyay, S. (2022). Urban River Restoration: A Methodological Discourse with Examples from Kerala, India. In: Mustafa, F.B. (eds) Methodological Approaches in Physical Geography. Geography of the Physical Environment. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-07113-3_9

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