CDKN: This study is based on the premise that policy actions happen not just because of the existence of a linear relationship between problems and their solutions but comes about in ‘windows of opportunity’ setting that occurs when problems and solutions come together in a particular political environment that is not necessarily defined by the problems or solution.
Taking the examples of flash floods in Leh (2010) and Bramer (2006) districts in India, the project examines the policy positions adopted by district planners post disaster, and assesses the extent to which these integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) concerns into long term recovery and development planning. A simple bi-variate tool is created to measure the ‘extent’ of this integration. By examining the process and outcome of disaster policy districts, the research seeks to identify a district level agenda that strengthens the integration of DRR and CCA in planning.
The study tests the effectiveness of local multi-stakeholder action as an enabling factor for mainstreaming DRR and CCA in post disaster programmes. Setting standards for promoting multi-stakeholder influence in long term response planning, and consolidating the existing innovations and experiences in this area, is one of the research objectives.
The district level experiment is intended for state and national level replication ultimately, demonstrating a model for integrating DRR and CCA in State Climate Change Action Plans and national strategies.
For wider sharing, learning and tools from project will feed into an online training course offered by SEEDS and Kyoto University to policy makers and practitioners.
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