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Odisha Towards Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Press Relese_1Bhubaneswar ,29th September 2015, (Biswaranjan Mishra) A Training of Trainers (ToT) on ‘Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’ is being organized at Puri by Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) Govt. of Odisha in association with All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) under Govt. of India-UNDP project “Institutional and Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change” for the Government officials and practitioners from different parts of the state. The three-day training with different tools and active interaction is emphasising on moving from disaster response and management to risk reduction and adaptation to climate change by players from various sectors.
Inaugurating the training, Shri P. K. Nayak, DGM, OSDMA said “Odisha’s community have been able to showcase effective response during cyclone Phailin, there is a need to better understand and implement DRR and CCA concerns into development process. This training is expected to create a pool of motivated skilled trainers who can take the cause to the grass-root development process.” Shri Mihir R. Bhatt, Managing Trustee, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute told ”Odisha has rich experience of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation which can be informing development decisions for ensuring sustainable development in the state and beyond.”
The training is being attended by line department officials from different districts as well as other leading non-government practitioners who will be given a mix of class-room and exercise based training to understand, implement and monitor the mainstreaming of DRR and CCA. This training is also expected to finalize a localized and standardized training module based on which more trainings will be conducted at distant areas of the state in future. There is a need for sensitization and involvement of all development stakeholders especially government departments for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and this ToT providing a platform for shared learning and will go a long way in taking further actions to mainstream DRR and CCA in Odisha, said by Ms. Seema Mohanty, State Programme Officer, UNDP, Odisha. The experience of Odisha Disaster Recovery Project considering to DRR and CCA was briefly shared by L. N. Nayk, Social Expert OSDMA.
The training is drawing from some of the best global knowledge material from IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) SREX report and CDKN’s (Climate Development Knowledge Network) study on effectiveness of risk insurance in Cyclone Phailin in Odisha. Key areas focused at urban, transport, planning and energy. Shri Kamal Lochan Mishra and his team at OSDMA are one of the great champions behind this much needed integration strategy at the state level.

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