Int'l Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure approved with Rs 480 Cr funds: Environment Min

New Delhi: The Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Babul Supriyo, said today the Government of India has approved the establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) at an outlay of Rs. 480 crore (approximately $70 million) for a corpus required to fund technical assistance and research projects on an ongoing basis over a period of 5 years from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is an international coalition of countries, United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, the private sector, and academic institutions, that aims to promote disaster-resiliant infrastructure. The coalition envisages 3 tiered structures viz. a Governing Council (GC), an Executive Committee (EC), and a Secretariat of the Society.

Amongst other objectives, the CDRI is to serve as a platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure.

It aims to bring together technical expertise from a multitude of stakeholders. In doing so, it is to create a mechanism to assist countries to upgrade their capacities and practices with regard to infrastructure development and in accordance with their risk context and economic needs.

The work of CDRI is to focus on relevant thematic areas, including the four major themes of risk assessment for key infrastructure sectors at multiple scales; Standards, regulation and mechanisms for enforcement; Role of finance in promoting disaster resilience; and predictable mechanisms for supporting disaster recovery in key infrastructure sectors.

Gaps in knowledge and practice in the above thematic areas act as barriers to the development of resilient infrastructure, said Supriyo, adding this coalition is to provide a platform and forum for countries at all stages of development to access knowledge and resources from other members, and to contribute to the resilience of each other’s infrastructure.

The charter of CDRI has been shared with 38 countries including G20 and non-G20 nations. So far, 9 countries viz. Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Fiji, Italy, Mauritius, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have conveyed their willingness to join the CDRI in writing.

The coalition is expected to provide a platform for India to emerge as a global leader on climate Action and Disaster Resilience, and complement the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and address adaptation and disaster resilience.

Supriyo said the CDRI will facilitate India’s support to resilient infrastructure in Africa, SIDS and Asia, and provide access to knowledge, technology and capacity development for infra developers while creating opportunities for Indian infrastructure & technology firms to expand services abroad.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has released guidelines for management of disaster risks for various disasters, including those likely to be exacerbated due to climate change. The guidelines, inter-alia, contain roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders to manage disaster risks from these disasters.

The recent revised National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) 2019 considers the linkage between climate change in increasing disasters, and aims to integrate disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Government is implementing a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) which comprises 8 missions in specific areas of solar energy, energy efficiency, water, agriculture, Himalayan ecosystem, sustainable habitat, green India, and strategic knowledge on climate change. The NAPCC provides an overarching framework for all climate actions.

33 States and Union Territories (UTs) have prepared their State Action Plan on Climate Change in line with NAPCC, taking into account State’s and UT’s specific issues relating to climate change.

This information was provided by Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Babul Supriyo, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 29 November.


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