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About Disaster Risk Management Programme [DRM]

Vulnerability Reduction and Environmental Sustainability ' is one of the four thematic areas of the Government of India-UNDP. This Programme has two components-one dealing with rapid onset disasters such as Earthquakes, Cyclones and Floods and another one dealing with slow onset disasters. This Programme would emphasize a community-based approach to achieve the objectives set forth by the Central Government, including the recommendations of the High Powered Committee (HPC). It would also strive to integrate various monitoring tools and databases as well as identify appropriate networking channels and the scaling up of best practices.

The entire Programme would be divided into two phases for six years. In Phase-I [2002-2004], it is proposed to provide support to Ministry of Home Affairs as national nodal agency and intensive natural disaster risk management activities in 28 most vulnerable districts of Orissa, Gujarat and Bihar. (Click here to know more about first phase of DRM Project ). Nine more vulnerable states would be included in the second phase of the programme. 

The project on slow disasters would focus on the following issues:

Community-based planning (with a focus on women) for drought-proofing, based on analysis of response and coping mechanisms, preparedness and response plans, and short-term relief interventions which support long-term proofing goals
Development of improved early warning systems through better forecasting, communication, response strategies, and advice to farmers
Improved coordination mechanisms and information tools for the government, development agencies and village communities, including the use of GIS and Information Cells at district and state levels

 Disaster Risk Management Programme
 [ MHA (Govt. of India), UNDP ]
Jointly Implemented By : Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority &
United Nations Development Programme

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