The National Disaster Management Act of 2005 (NDM Act) is under discussion and countrywide inputs are being sought to make this act more result oriented on the ground. An important part of this discourse which is centred around disaster management legislation in India should focus on addressing overall risks and the underlying factors associated with it. One such underlying factor of risk is uncertainty.
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In recent decades, the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed a remarkable level of economic progress and is now home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world.
However, this economic prosperity is often disrupted by repeated disasters. According to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific region remains the most disaster prone region of the world.
AIDMI’s publication of Southasiadisasters.net on ‘Asian Early Warning Systems’ Launched at AMCDRR 2018 Side Event on Trans-Border Flood Early Warning System for Last Mile Connectivity, July 4, 2018 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Andhra Pradesh has always been a leader among all the Indian states in reducing the disaster and climate risks faced by its citizens. Other Indian states have followed in its steps. Let us look at some of the recent initiatives in Andhra Pradesh which indicate an emerging trend in India.
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Chhattisgarh has been identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in India and has one of the most dense forest covers in the country. It is also the 10th largest state in terms of geographical area, the third largest in terms of forest area and has the second largest mineral reserves. These advantages has boosted the rapid growth and urbanization to holds the top rank in terms of development expenditure to GSDP ratio.
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Asian Ministers take up climate change related uncertainty on agenda. A special issue number 169 of Southasiadisasters.net is launched today (July 5, 2018) at the AMCDRR 2018, Mongolia by UN Women, UNFPA, JICA and Duryog Nivaran. It is titled “Understanding Uncertainty: Views from Kachchh, Mumbai, and Sundarbans”.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "School Safety and Security: Reflections" and deals with this important theme in extensive detail. This issue highlights how different stakeholders including the government, teachers, students and various civil society organizations (CSOs) are coming up with various innovations to protect India's large school going citizens. This issue contains articles from reputed academics, practitioners and experts who have worked on the theme of School Safety and Security.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "**Knowledge Resources for Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in India**". It is a veritable compilation of enshrined practices, lessons learnt and innovations that have taken place in India and in South Asia on the issue of protecting children from disasters.
Floods as an Opportunity
In 2017 South Asia was ravaged by unprecedented flooding that affected close to 41 million people across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. While the death and destruction unleashed by these floods is tragic, it also represents an opportunity to learn the necessary lessons to set South Asia firmly onto a safer and greener development trajectory.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "**Long Term Disaster Recovery in Kashmir**". It contains many insights from practitioners and academics from different areas who have focused their attention on rebuilding Jammu and Kashmir after the devastating floods of 2014. Often dubbed as the most severe flood to hit the state in over 100 years, the havoc wreaked by these floods affected close to 550,000 people. The Indian state as well as the international community were quick to respond to the crisis that followed this disaster.
By Vishal Pathak
The schools are considered to be the main key to move closer to reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030 in South Asia.
Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience
Can cutting edge innovations that integrate disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation transform our views on risk from the standpoint of individuals, institutions and investments that shape resilience?
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net offers an unusual range of such examples from India, prevalent not only in this country but all across South Asia. AIDMI's two decades of work in South Asia has shown that "Uncertainty" is an opportunity for transformation.
As several parts of India face the fury of floods this year, it is worth examining what are reasons for India's high exposure to flooding and what can be done differently to mitigate the adverse impact of this recurrent catastrophe. There are many mitigation measures that can be adopted to reduce the debilitating impact of floods.
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This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the most important theme of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Cancun, Maxico. Community Based Disaster Preparedness: Enabling Communities to Manage Risks. It primarily focuses on how CBDP can empower communities to manage their risks through locally owned and locally appropriate approaches. The key lessons from ASDMA's recently finished capacity building project on CBDP have also been highlighted in this issue.
DRR or CCA: What matters in the end is resilient community. And that is what this issue aims at.
Disasters are often seen as extraordinary events that occur suddenly to cause widespread loss of life and property in the communities they strike. However, there are underlying causes of vulnerability that keep on incrementally increasing the exposure of a community to a disaster in over time. Thus, resilience building in an exercise of systematically identifying and reducing these underlying causes of vulnerability to build resilient communities.
The recently concluded 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) at New Delhi, India has provided a clear path for building resilience at the global, regional and local levels. The first important conference to be held after the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), AMCDRR 2016 also led to the finalization of the 'New Delhi Declaration' and the 'Asian Regional Plan (ARP) for Implementation of the Sendai Framework'.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the theme of 'Building Resilient Cities'. It highlights the importance of bringing Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation to urban planning in order to create safer spaces for citizens.