START-CDKN Researchers Release Process Document on Developing Plans for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Gorkaphur, India

Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), in collaboration with National Institute of Disaster Management (Government of India) and Institute for Social and Environment Transition (ISET), worked with the District Disaster Management Authority, Gorakhpur towards the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP).

“Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Development Planning, Gorakhpur: Process Document” summarizes the DDMP as it addresses the need to plan and manage present and future disasters under climate change.

GEAG, ISET, and NIDM received a START-CDKN research grant for interdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The research team investigated factors affecting vulnerabilities and resilience to floods in Gorakphur and the policy innovations required to manage flood events. As part of their research, the organizations developed a methodological framework for mapping key district-level departments, analyzing vulnerabilities under climate conditions, and assessing institutional arrangements and the current planning process. The research prompted action in developing the DDMP and this process document.

Principal investigator Shiraz Wajih, GEAG, said of the collaboration, “It was an enriching process of capacity building, convergence of various departments, participatory development of climate change adaptation integrated DDMP of Gorakhpur and advocacy at state and national levels.”

More information about the START-CDKN grants for research on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia can be found here.