Disaster Risk Reduction

India is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world and it is estimated that 60 percent of the country is susceptible to earthquakes and 70 percent to floods. UNDP’s Disaster Risk Reduction Programme supports the vision of India’s 11th Five-Year Plan to work towards ensuring that the “most vulnerable, including women and girls and governments at all levels have enhanced abilities to prepare, respond, adapt and recover from sudden and slow-on-set disasters and environmental changes.” The UNDP programme in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India is the largest community-based programme in the world. Over 300 million people have been empowered to deal with disaster risk.

Our Goals

UNDP supports efforts to strengthen disaster management capabilities across rural and urban India. By institutionalizing disaster risk reduction, our goal is to help minimize losses and reduce vulnerabilities to natural disasters that affect millions in India each year.more

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Building Resilience Towards Disasters

UNDP’S Disaster Risk Reduction Programme supports the vision of India’s 11th Five-Year Plan to work towards ensuring that the most vulnerable, including women and girls and government at all levels have enhanced abilities to prepare, respond, adapt to and recover from sudden and slow-on-set disasters and environmental changes. [Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/ UNDP India]

Stories of Change

Photo Essays

  • A Roof Still Standing : Building Disaster Resilience in Odisha
    A Roof Still Standing : Building Disaster Resilience in Odisha

    Between 2000 and 2007, UNDP partnered with the Government of Odisha to promote housing technologies that could enable people to build safer and more resilient homes in highly vulnerable areas of the Odisha coast. The project, which was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Care Today, constructed more than 60 buildings that demonstrated that a combination of low-cost disaster resilient building technologies and indigenous building materials could help people build structures to withstand natural disasters.more

  • Women Adapt to Climate Change in Odisha
    Women Adapt to Climate Change in Odisha

    The photo-essay shows how a UNDP partnership with the Government of Odisha, supported by the Australian Agency for International Development is enabling women in Puri district in Odisha to adapt to extreme weather events.more

Projects and Initiatives

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Climate Change Adaptation (2011-2014)

The project, in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development, aims to address a crucial dimension of vulnerabilities by supporting specific activities to enhance climate change induced risk management capacities (adaptation, disaster mitigation and risk reduction) in districts across flood-prone areas of Odisha and drought-prone areas of Madhya Pradesh. more

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