Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation Planning: Tools for Prioritizing Potential Solutions

Authors: Anil K. Gupta, Sakshi Katyal, Shashikant Chopde, Dilip Singh, Amit Kumar, Shiraz A. Wajih

This study is part of the action project on integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in sub-national level development planning and has been undertaken by Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International in technical collaboration with National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) faculty members for drawing the lessons for policy process and capacity building action which in the previous phase also resulted in the Delhi Declaration – Risk to Resilience 2014 (on Resilient Housing). The project has been supported by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

As the primary responsibility for dealing with disasters lies with the State Governments, this study caters to the process of CCA-DRR integration and mainstreaming it into development programmes, plans and projects at State level.


A systemic review of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) of three project states in India, viz., Uttarakhand (Hilly, multi-hazard), Odisha (Coastal, multi-hazard) and Uttar Pradesh (Riverine, Flood & Multi-Hazard), envisaging variation in terms of their strategic approach and content given the diversity in their socio-economic, environmental and development contexts, has been carried out. It looked at the extent to which the provisions of the SAPCCs can be implemented at district, sub-district or local level (municipal, Panchayat/village by utilizing the framework of the Climate-Smart District level Disaster Management Plan (DDMP), district’s departmental plans, and the issues of readiness for their implementation through ground action. An innovative exercise of ‘Qualitative Coding System’ has been undertaken to showcase the effectiveness of Climate Smart DDMP in implementing SAPCC.


Gupta, A.K., Katyal, S., Chopde, S., Wajih, S.A., and Kumar, A. (2016). Climate-Smart District Disaster Management Plan as Effective Tool for Implementing State Action Plan on Climate Change: Lessons from three states in India. Pol- icy Brief. GEAG India and ISET Colorado USA (India Of ce), published under project supported by CDKN.

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