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 Essay

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.



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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