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1st International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience 2019 at The Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, 28th November 2019

The 1st International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience was organised by National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs at The Hotel Ashok, New Delhi on Thursday, 28th November 2019. The first of its genre International Conference on landslides in the country was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State for Home, Shri G. Kishan Reddy. Two documents, “Landslide Preparedness Guidelines for Safety of Buildings on Slopes” and “Abstract Volume” of the International Conference were also released by the Hon’ble Minister during the inaugural session.
The Hon’ble Minister of State for Home, in his keynote address to the dignitaries and distinguished delegates highlights the unpleasant impacts of the landslide disasters on the community, infrastructures and structures. He emphasised the need of developing technology to anticipate disasters like landslides and develop infrastructure to quickly respond to minimize the damage. Further, he exhorted the International and National delegates for extensive collaborating network to disseminate information, experiences and innovations to develop proper technology and preparedness 24x7 for landslides risk reduction and resilience.
The International Conference convoyed about 200 participants from various prestigious International and National organisations/institutes/universities working in the field of landslides mitigation and management. In addition, 53 Knowledge partners also extended their support for the conference. The International Conference concluded with the need of developing proper technology and research focusing on multi-hazard dimensions of landslides; timely economically affordable early warning and preparedness for the hazards; enhancing capacity and awareness of community; mainstreaming landslides risk reduction and resilience with development and climate change action plans at all levels; and collaboration at international, national and local levels for disseminating the knowledge and innovations to combat the landslides risks and enhance the resilience capacity of the ecosystem and humans.

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Western Regional consultation Workshop on "Health Resilience and Capacity Building", Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 27th November 2019

Under the National Action Plan on Climate Change, a new mission on Health has been added considering the central significance of health aspects in human well being. A National CC Adaptation Plan for Health is being developed wherein NIDM is steering the Action Plan and Roadmap for Health Adaptation Plan w.r.t. Disaster Related Illnesses including public health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, occupational, industrial health etc.,jointly with WHO, and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India. A Western Regional Consultation Workshop has been organized at Hotel Pride Plaza, Ahmedabad, on 27th Nov. 2019, participated by around 50 delegates from experts from domains of climate change, environment, health, epidemiology, community medicine, disaster risk management, general administration, from state Departments and UTs, National institutions, NIOH, SEPT University, Gujarat University, Medical Colleges, NGOs, UNICEF, international agencies, NDMA, IMD, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, etc. The programme was organized jointly with the WHO, NCDC and Gujarat University. The HAP would be followed by a compendium of case studies, a training toolkit and series of policy papers on key issues of Health Resilience and Capacity Building.

Seminar on Climate Resilience through Understanding and Innovations, YMCA, New Delhi, 25th November 2019

A Seminar, on Climate Resilience through Understanding and Innovations, has been organized at YMCA Auditorium, today on 25th November 2019, by the Centre of Excellence on Climate Resilience of the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, in collaboration with the School of Administrative Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. ED NIDM Major General Manoj Kumar Bindal gave the welcome address while Prof Santosh Kumar and Major Gen. (Rtd). V K Naik gave their remarks. Prof. Nirupama Agrawal of York University delivered the special talk which comprised of the scientific knowledge and public perception aspects of climate change and mitigation issues. She discussed several examples and illustrations of climate resilience and environmental friendly development issues for disaster resilience, from Canada, USA and developing countries including India. The Seminar was coordinated by Dr Anil K Gupta, Programme DIrector, CECR-NIDM, and Ms. Thinles Chondol, SYP-CECR. The seminar was attended by around 50 delegates from various Ministries, Institutions, NGOs, Private Sector, Academicians, DRR and climate change professionals, research and PG students, etc from more than 5 states and UTs. NIDM and York University also discussed the avenues of academic and research cooperation and long term relations.

National Consultation Workshop on Disaster Resilient Agriculture in India, Hyderabad, Telangana, 15th November 2019

National Consultation Workshop on Disaster Resilient Agriculture in India, organized by the Centre for Excellence on Climate Resilience, National Institute of Disaster Management New Delhi (CECR-NIDM) jointly with ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad, under the NADMP (National Agriculture Disaster Management Plan) Project, on 15th Nov. 2019. Attended by more than 100 delegates from scientific, professional, government, central and state departments , SDMAs, NDMA, IMD, ICAR-IARI, ISRO/MNCFC, CRRI, NAARM, UNDP, GIZ, NGOs, etc. The workshop aimed to discuss the draft NADMP, besides the roadmap for resilient agriculture in India, towards a strategic programme for disaster resilient agriculture under the CECR-NIDM, in a consortium mode in collaboration with the related national and international institutions and experts, which would also cooperation with UNCCD goals, SDGs, doubling farmers income, 5 trillion economy by 2024 and ease of living of the people. The NADMP would also lead to a specialized institutional network for implementing disaster resilient agriculture and would also integrate with other flagship programmes. ED NIDM Major General Manoj Kumar Bindal was the Guest of Honour, whereas Ms Jayalakshmi, DG of ICAR-MANAGE was the Chief Guest. The workshop and meeting was coordinated by Dr Anil K Gupta, Programme Director of CECR-NIDM and Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director CRIDA, with the working group members Prof Vinay Sehgal, Dr K K Singh, Mr Anuj Srivastava, Ms Preeti Tehlani, and the NADMP team. CRIDA hosted the workshop logistics in its campus. CECR-NIDM is going to organize an International Research Conference on Disaster Resilient Agriculture Initiatives in the early 2020 at New Delhi, wherein the NADMP would also be released.

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