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International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is being hosted under the initiative of the Indian government and with support from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The objective of the workshop is to:

  • Pursue the creation of a global coalition for resilient infrastructure. The coalition will ensure that new risks are not created, as enshrined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which is the global plan for reducing disaster losses.
  • It intends to take stock of impact of disasters on different infrastructure sectors and identify gaps and the good practices in making infrastructure disaster resilient.
  • To develop risk assessment methodologies & international standards for disaster resilient infrastructure financing for disaster resilient infrastructure including risk transfer mechanisms and post disaster reconstruction.

Why is the coalition required?

  • The growing rate of urbanisation and the subsequent increase in population density is bringing massive new investments in infrastructure such as bridges, roads, dams, power stations, etc.
  • It is required to ensure that all new infrastructure is made resilient to withstand future shocks, including those brought by a changing climate.
  • Disasters in heavily populated urban areas can lead to high numbers of human casualties and lead to huge economic losses.

Indian involvement:

  • India was one of the first to create a National Disaster Management Plan based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It is now on course to lead a global coalition which would work towards reducing damage to critical infrastructure.
  • The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016, saw the adoption of the ‘Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’.

UNISDR was established in 1999 to facilitate the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and serves as the focal point in UN for disaster reduction.

http://iasipstnpsc.in/unisdr-report-on-climate-related-disasters/

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/future-proofing-cities/article26571185.ece

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