On the “Road to Resilience”: protecting India’s coastal communities against natural disasters

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Teams from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) have embarked on a 40-day, 10,000-km journey along the entire Indian coastline. The objective of this "Road to Resilience" trip is to support the implementation of 6 coastal disaster management and climate resilience projects covering all 10 coastal states of India. Some of those projects aim to enhance resilience and mitigate the impact of future disasters, while others are intended to help the country recover from previous events such as Cyclone Phailin (2013) and Cyclone Hudhud (2014).
 
The "Road to Resilience" initiative is also a unique opportunity to raise awareness about risk mitigation and to interact more directly with local communities, who play a crucial role in preventing and responding to disaster.
 
In this video, Ede Ijjasz and Saurabh Dani take you on the road with them to showcase some of the work the World Bank is doing to protect India's costal states against natural hazards.

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Saurabh Dani

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist

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Mohamed O. Msekeni
February 17, 2016

"Nature as the first wall of defense against natural disasters".
Tracing the road to resilience on natural Disasters Risk Reduction. We normally scientifically and ecologically prioritized to Mangrove forest and Coral reefs against building coastal walls or dykes.
If disasters are gigantic natural forces, can be predictable, measurable and even traceable paths of their locuses.Taking potential of excessive forces like Nukes Centrifugal forces, it could been possible mitigate natural disasters by innovative "centrifugal walls". Safest, reliable and affordable technology could have been applied. On another sidelining it would be Nuclear disarmament strategy globally by overhauling excess Centrifugal forces.

MANOJ KUMAR BEHERA
February 19, 2016

A great initiative that has gone ahead in fostering resilience among the various coastal communities and helped many to mitigate the effects of natural calamities through socio-cultural integration and institutional coordination in India. Although the socio-cultural dimensions owe greater importance in realizing the desired goals, equitable resource access & allocation and sustainable forest management can further strengthen the approach & efforts. A small change in local biodiversity may pose serious threats in these regions. Several research studies have reported the continued degradation of the coastal ecosystems in India. It needs serious attention. Similarly, communities timely access to weather forecasted information through a sustainable mechanism can play a pivotal role.