Odisha News Insight

Focus on Disaster Governance

disaster governanceOne day state level workshop on ‘disaster relief and rehabilitation’ was organised at Redcross Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. At the workshop, members of civil societies have demanded for climate change mitigation and adaption in Ganjam district.

The workshop on ‘issues and challenges in climate change adaption and DRR and ensuring accountability in disaster relief and rehabilitation’ was organised by the organisations – Coast Council, Ganjam Disaster Response Forum (GDRF), Youth for Social Development (YSD) and United Artist Association (UAA)

The workshop highlighted that “the recent report (Nov, 2014) of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) further worried that increasing temperature, water scarcity, impact on food production and security, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, increasing impact on human health, security, livelihoods, and poverty and as whole this hampers poverty reduction rather create new poverty trap, slow down economic growth (GDP) and ultimately sustainable development”.

The Youth for Social Development has presented its study conducted post Phailin (2013) and presented the experience from grass roots in 2 costal blocks in Ganjam district of Odisha.

disaster governance 1This workshop witnessed by more than 40 NGOs, 15 international donor agencies, senior officials from government, 15 coastal communities from Ganjam and activists and academics.

Among the guests Dr. Aurobindo Behera, IAS Retd. Former Member Board of Revenue, Dr. Ambika Nanda, State Representative, UNDP,  Dr. S. N. Patro, Working President, Odisha Environment Society and Sj. Pravat Mahapatra, Dy. State Relief Commissioner, GoO, Dr. P.K. Prusty, Senior Scientist, Dept of Forest ad Environment , Government of Odisha are participate and shared their views and opinion.

Mangaraj Panda of United Artists Association, Loknath Misra of Ganjam Disaster Response Forum, Bibhu Prasad Sahu of Youth for Social Development, Berhampur participated and presented the disaster and relief situation in coastal regions of Odisha specifically in Ganjam district and Sudarshan Chhotaray, Convenor of Coast Council, Odisha managed the workshop presented vote of thanks to all the participants.

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