Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change

What is the Project About

About Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience and Climate ChangePHOTO: PRASHANTH VISHWANATHAN/UNDP INDIA

The project ‘Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience and Climate Change’ will support efforts to strengthen capacities of government, communities and institutions to accelerate implementation of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation plans.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So FarPHOTO: PRASHANTH VISHWANATHAN/UNDP INDIA
  • Communities in Puri district of Odisha are better able to adapt to extreme weather conditions through demonstration of approaches to encourage community-based water resource management. As a result of project interventions crop yield has increased three-fold, better drainage systems have enabled farmers to start farming earlier in the year and close to 2,100 hectares of land was cultivated in 2012, more than three times that of 2011 in Bambarada village of Puri. In addition, villages have piped water supply and incidences of water-borne diseases are declining

  • Five other locations in Puri district identified to renovate and strengthen drainage systems in waterlogged areas. This will enhance the productivity and yields of paddy crop

  • Sharing of knowledge enabled through the launch of the Knowledge Network Centre at IIT Kanpur which aims to develop resilience and help communities adapt to floods and waterlogging. (http://www.waterwoes.iitk.ac.in). The Centre encourages communities, policy experts and field practitioners to design better strategies for sustainable management. Training will also be provided in the areas of climate change, water resources, and adaptive water management practices to practitioners from two states- Bihar and Odisha

  • A manual on crop water budgeting developed to deal with climate change in drought prone regions. Crop water budgeting exercise involves estimation of the groundwater balance based on the total recharge and draft for the particular monsoon season. The estimation helps farmers make informed decisions on the crops to be sown

  • Community institutions strengthened to employ participatory groundwater monitoring systems

  • National, state and community level expert group learning exercises conducted in Odisha, with special focus on women and children who face recurring waterlogging and flooding. The exercises were conducted to enable both experts/policy makers and field based practitioners to come up with action oriented recommendations

  • Better understanding of hazard risk in Khargone district, Madhya Pradesh through completion of Hazard Risk Vulnerability Analysis in the district

  • Enhanced resilience of small and marginal farmers through introduction of crop pattern change (mixed cropping and resilient crops) and soil and water conservation activities

  • Panchayat Knowledge Resource Centre set up in Puri district in Odisha provides grassroots information on adaptive water and agricultural practices underway that can build resilience of communities 

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US $ 4,500,000
USAID US $ 1,735,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2016 US$ 1,423,864.72
2015 US$ 1,400,000
2014 US$ 1,752,762
2013 US$ 1,035,000

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