Climate Change & DRR
Climate change is now universally recognized as a significant global environmental challenge. We stand at a crossroad and critical moment, a time when humankind must choose its future. The coastal state of Odisha has become a ground zero for disasters. Communities and their sources of livelihoods have been dismantled and destroyed by an unholy mix of these disasters and subsequent negligence for their systematic rehabilitation. A deadly combination of floods, cyclones and drought has made Odisha the disaster capital of India. Since 1999, calamities are not only becoming more frequent but striking coastal areas that never had a vulnerability record. Aptly described as ‘Climate’s First Orphans,’ the communities of these areas have been left to fend for themselves in these hostile and uncertain conditions. The combined effects of sea-level rise, increased frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones, storm surges, soil erosion, and salinity intrusion pose a serious threat. Over the years we have been working on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction programme in remote villages.
Partners for Resilience (PfR) Project: “Building Resilience of the Communities of Mahanadi Delta Region in Odisha through enhanced Livelihood options and Sustainable Eco-system Management Project”.
Partners of Resilience (PfR) is a long term project aimed at reducing the impact of natural hazards on the lives and livelihoods of local communities through ecosystem restoration, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. APOWA has joined with “Partners for Resilience” in the year 2013. In Odisha particularly in Mahanadi delta area, APOWA has been working in active guidance and closely with Wetlands International, South Asia and Net Coast, Odisha. This project has been implementing in a time when, Odisha has been reeling under contrasting extreme weather conditions. The following three strategic objectives have emerged:
SO1: Improving management of natural capital
SO2: Diversify livelihood options
SO3: Increase disaster preparedness
These objectives have been reached through three broad intervention strategies, i.e. field interventions, capacity building and institutional strengthening.
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