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Resilience Odisha: Addressing Changing Climate and Disaster Risks at the Local Level

The three-day state level training on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation reached to the end with commitment of addressing changing climate and disaster risks at the local level by 33 professionals from government and humanitarian agencies from various districts of Odisha, September 30, 2015 in Puri. The group had rich experience from different sectors including water resources, agriculture, disaster management, education, rural and urban development, children and gender. The ambitious training programme covered a range of topics and approaches such as risk transfer, loss and damage due to climate change, climate smart disaster risk management, agriculture and water resources practices, and mass education. The integration of DRR and CCA aspects with development schemes was tested to explore the need, challenges and possible solution for sustainable development.
Field practices and cases from Odisha were shared and discussed by the group to learn from existing DRR and CCA integration in development practices. Strong capacities and robust institutions at the community level can maximize the impacts of climate-smart disaster risk reduction. Yet for this to happen group strongly agreed, it is essential that institutions supporting vulnerable populations know how to integrate changing risks into their activities.
The engagement of multi-stakeholder action, the experience of communities that reveals the challenges and opportunities, using the knowledge of changing climate risks, considering seasonal forecast in adjust work plans and strategies, what are enabling factors for mainstreaming, how departments make use of dialogue opportunities to raise awareness of local adaptation needs, to shape towards pilot and implementation were key points came out from the mainstreaming exercises conducted by the groups comprise administrator, sector experts, researchers and development practitioners.
Mainstreaming is strongly promoted towards a harmonized paradigm wherein climate change adaptation and climate risk management are seen as part of broader risk management strategies, principles, strategic goals and priorities for action to achieve sustainable development goals. OSDNA
The Training of Trainer was organised by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) in association with All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) and supported by Government of India – United Nations Development Programme, India. The Mainstreaming DRR and CCA process is emerging and long way to go which require pilot and research at various levels and sectors. Odisha is among the few states of India who initiate such process. Dr. Kamal Lochan Mishra, Chief General Manager, OSDMA is a key force behind shaping the programme.

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