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District Climate and Disaster Smart Planning in India

Districts are very important agents in disaster management in India, having a legal mandate, budget and institution (DDMA) to take action.
However, capacity remains very low, including the level of understanding on root causes of vulnerability and lack of relevant and appropriate information on specific climate and disaster impacts for the disaster.

In 2012, LEAD supported a research project to explore the connections between adaptation to climate change, DRM and development planning in Gorakhpur District , in Uttar Pradesh.

Although this project provided a model of best practice, there is need and considerable potential for scaling-up this work in a number of different contexts and locations.  

Phase II of this project will leverage a number of national, state, and district partners and opportunities for scaling-up. Firstly, it will be review and improve the ‘Gorakhpur model’. The team will then further test and validate the model by providing technical assistance within four states, at a combination of levels: state, district and urban. A comprehensive process of vulnerability and hazard mapping, capacity building, and participatory planning will be used at the district level to produce a climate-compatible District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP).
  • Revised District Disaster Management Plan for each selected district.
  • Integration of climate-compatible DRM in key regulations and laws and on departmental plans and sectoral plans of State Planning Department

Other Details

Start Date:01/01/2015
End Date:06/30/2017
Funded by:DFID, DGIS
Supplier(s):Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International


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