First National Conference on Coastal DRR and Resilience

The first-level national-level conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CDRR&R) – 2020 was organised by NIDM on February 25, 2020, in New Delhi. The conference was organised in a run-up to the NPDRR ) scheduled to be held in May 2020.
The conference aimed to enhance the understanding of issues and solutions for coastal DRR and resilience. It also emphasised on dissemination of information related to national and local strategies for coastal DRR as well as to develop a roadmap for addressing the gaps by engaging with all stakeholders. The conference also highlighted the environmental and emerging issues in context with urbanisation, development sustenance and climate change.
Of India's 7,500 km coastline, almost 5,700 km are highly vulnerable to the impacts of tropical cyclones and related hydro-meteorological hazards and consequently to recurrent loss of lives and properties. About 40 per cent of our population lives within 100 km of the coastline. There is a need to reduce the associated risks through short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions for sustainable development and growth.
Addressing the valedictory session of the conference, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai, highlighted the major interventions carried out for coastal resilience based on the PM’s 10 Point Agenda on DRR, spelt out by the Prime Minister during the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR, 2016.
More than 175 participants from various organisations/departments of the Centre and State governments attended the conference.

Note (Added later): The 3rd meeting of the NPDRR stands postponed. It may be held in October 2020 after the monsoon season.

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