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Upscaling Ecosystem-based DRR – India

Vooruitgang: Implementation
Budget: € 99363
Looptijd: 2018-07-31 - 2021-07-30


Implementing Ecosystem-based DRR in India

– Landscape scale risk assessment (including Ecosystem Services Shared value Assessment)
– Restoring water regimes of wetlands
– Restoring natural vegetation
– Rainwater harvesting
– Efficient use of water

Climate change adaptation measures
– Participatory climate risk assessment in target communities
– Strengthening capacity of communities to integrate climate information in community planning for risk reduction.

Other DRR measures
– Formulating community based disaster risk reduction plans
– Strengthening capacity of communities to assess, anticipate and respond to water mediated disaster risks
– Implementing disaster risk reduction actions by leveraging resources from ongoing development programmes of the government
– Establishing community based early warning systems
As a result of the improved intitutional frameworks for disaster management, recent extreme events (such as the aftermath of Phailin, 2013) have resulted in fewer losses of human lives, and increased calls from various parts of society to increase investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures that also result in lowering community vulnerability. – Lake Tampara Basin (Odisha)
– Basin of Kanvwar Jheel, Gandak-Kosi floodplains (Bihar)
– Suigam Taluka, Banaskantha (Gujarat)


– Through drafting and dissemination of a policy brief on Eco-DRR approaches for reducing water-induced disaster risks in urban and peri-urban spaces
– Through guidelines and policy prescriptions for prioritizing wetlands from DRR and CCA perspective
– Through participatory community scale risk reduction planning.

It will allow to:
– Prove the concept of enhanced resilience for the three case studies (60,000 people) to water-mediated risks through increased capability to assess, anticipate and respond to risks.
– Increase investment in Eco-DRR actions for addressing water-mediated risks
– Increase investment in wetland restoration as an Eco-DRR action for building disaster resilience
– Build capacity of policy planners and CSOs on designing Eco-DRR actions


12,000 households (appr. 60,000 people) living in the targeted area

Target groups for the project include:
– Panchayati Raj Institutions which will have the capacity to identify and implement Eco-DRR actions for reducing water-mediated disaster risks within the pilot landscapes;
– PfR: SP partners and CSOs working in the two pilot basins who will be trained in landscape risk assessment ;
– Wetlands Programme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Smart City Mission of Ministry of Urban Development which will receive a policy brief and the required evidence base to promote wetlands restoration as an Eco-DRR and climate change adaptation approach;
– Key capacity development institutions which will collaborate in development of a training module and conducting a ToT on Eco-DRR, adapted to the India context.

Type ramp: Disaster prevention and preparedness Drought Extreme temperature Flood Landslide Prevention / Mitigation Storm
Donateur: The Netherlands Red Cross
Uitvoerende partners: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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