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National Workshop: Urban Climate Resilience: The Context of River Basins, Urban-Peri-urban-Ecosystems, Inclusive Governance and Partnerships

A National Workshop on Urban Climate Resilience - The Context of River Basins: Urban-Peri-urban-Ecosystems, Inclusive Governance and Partnerships is being organized by Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Gorakhpur, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Govt of India and Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), Govt of Bihar with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation on 27-28 November 2018 in Patna, Bihar.

The eastern India (Ganga-Brahmaputra Basin) is one of the most vulnerable regions in the country with some of the crucial common climate change related issues such as erratic rainfall, increasing minimum and maximum temperature, floods and waterlogging, reducing primary production based livelihoods, rapid rural to urban migration which is for aspirational and economic needs that cities provide being the economic hubs, trans-boundary (India- Nepal-Bangladesh) issues, urban poverty, low development and health indices. Climate change and extreme weather events in the secondary cities along this basin are likely to increase the city’s exposure to hazards and risk. Under the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) initiative, GEAG engaged with city governments and local stakeholders in four intervention cities namely Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Saharsa (Bihar), Jorhat (Assam) and Basirhat (West Bengal) in the region in which City Resilience Strategies were developed and various pilot initiatives were undertaken for rolling out the key recommendations, besides the policy and capacity building related initiatives. These pilot examples from the region will be used as cases to deliberate the larger issue of urban climate change resilience in the specifics of river basin context.

The flagship programmes of the Government of India also aim at making urban areas liveable, sustainable, smart and inclusive and have similar objectives as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and the New Urban Agenda 2030. However, there is a need for a clear roadmap outlining ways and means for translating these goals into action for promoting sustainable and resilient cities across India.

Through its various thematic sessions, the workshop will deliberate on inclusive resilience initiatives which can directly and indirectly support climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and its inter-linkages in the urban context.

Key Contact Persons:
Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)

Ms Nivedita Mani, Coordinator
Tel: +91 11 41667754
Mobile: +91 9818037010

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
Dr Anil K Gupta, Head - Environment and Climatic DRM, Email:
Dr Sushma Guleria, Assistant Professor - Environment and Climatic DRM, Email:

Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA)
Mr Ajit Kumar Samaiyar, Senior Advisor - Environment and Climate Change,


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