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Understanding Flood Rand Resilience in Eastern India

For nearly a decade it has been mandatory for every district in India to develop an annual District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP). However, where such plans have been developed there are significant challenges and limitations both in terms of process and output. Disaster management is still primarily understood as post-disaster relief and reconstruction, rather than risk reduction and wider resilience building. Integrating climate change considerations into disaster management planning remains a challenge, partly due to institutions working in silos.
 
Objectives
  • To understand the systemic factors within the flood prone Gorakhpur district of eastern Uttar Pradesh that contribute to resilience or exacerbate vulnerability.
  • To understand specific policy innovations that could help to bridge the vertical gap between the integrated national policy framework and local contexts and the horizontal gap between actions within sectoral development program to integrate DRR and CCA practice.
Outcomes
  • The project team sponsored an experienced professional for district administration to provide support on maintaining coordination and preparing a need based department wise plan.
  • Data related to flood damage, relief distribution, disaster response planning document and several “government orders” collected and thoroughly analyzed to identify gaps at departmental level.
  • In July 2012, a project launching dialogue was organized to share the project purpose, implementation plan and expected outcomes with the concerned line departments.
  • A series of departmental dialogues were conducted in Gorakhpur to discuss lessons learnt.

Other Details

Start Date:07/01/2012
End Date:12/31/2013
Funded by:CDKN

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