IWDRI2019 kicks off CDRI

By 2030, about five billion people will be living in towns and cities. This means an extra burden on the existing infrastructure and a huge demand for new infrastructure. The way we operate, maintain or build this infrastructure, as the case may be, will either put our future generations at risk or make them resilient.  

At the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in New Delhi, a featured event on “Disaster Risk Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Development”, highlighted the need for stronger collaboration and co-operation among countries towards building resilient infrastructure. Following this, the Prime Minister announced that India would work with partner countries and key stakeholders in launching a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), envisaged as a knowledge exchange and capacity development partnership.

Towards this collective responsibility, stakeholders from across the globe gathered in New Delhi in January 2018 for the first International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. They explored potential ideas for building the resilience of key infrastructure sectors. IWDRI2018 also gave an impetus to the global CDRI, an initiative India had since been pushing for at various international platforms. 

To further build upon the concept of CDRI in conjunction with potential partners, National Disaster Management Authority organised the Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) in March 2019 in New Delhi. Representatives from 33 countries, 12 international organisations, experts on disaster resilience and academic institutions attended the workshop.

Welcoming the participants, Shri Kamal Kishore, Member, NDMA, said, "The Sendai Framework is no longer a 15-year Framework. Four years have already gone by. We now need to work with a sense of purpose, with a sense of focus, with a sense of urgency." This intent fructified as an agreement was reached upon to establish a CDRI, which will serve as a platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure. 

Co-creation will remain the cornerstone of the Coalition and member countries will access and disseminate knowledge and resources to/from other members to make their infrastructure resilient and thus, contribute to each other's economic growth and sustainable development.

Thematic areas around which the functions of the CDRI would be developed: 

  • Risk governance and policy development
  • Technology and innovation for disaster and climate resilience
  • Institutional mechanisms for capacity development, and knowledge exchange
  • Risk identification and estimation ü Resilience standards and regulation
  • Support for infrastructure recovery and reconstruction
  • Finance for resilience building and climate adaptation
  • Building social and community capacities to enhance disaster and climate resilience

For more information and the outcome document, please visit the Workshop website.

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