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Urban Risk Reduction Project (URR Project)


About UNDP Urban Risk Reduction Project:

Ministry of Home Affairs with support from UNDP –India had implemented the GoI‐UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme during the period (2002‐ 2009). This Programme came to an end on June 2009. The DRM programme aimed at reducing the vulnerabilities of communities at risk to natural disasters in 176 multi-hazard prone districts across 17 States of India. Although the DRM programme was successful in creating a mass awareness on disaster preparedness and response, the programme missed the opportunities for greater collaboration with other national programmes and mainstreaming with their programmes. It was widely felt that there is a need to upscale the activities to ensure their long‐term sustainability with emphasis on risk reduction, gender mainstreaming and social inclusion. It is on the basis of the foundation laid in the 2003‐2009 DRM Programme the new GOI‐UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme has been planned for year 2009-2012.

Objective of UNDP – DRR & URR Project

The DRR programme is envisaged to support Central and State Government Programmes and initiatives by providing critical inputs that would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these efforts. The pillars that have shaped the programme formulation through extensive consultations with the stakeholders are the following:

  • DRM actions stipulated in the National DM Act (2005) to be undertaken by DM structures at various levels
  • DRR priorities identified in the Eleventh Five Year Plan
  • Actions highlighted in the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA)
  • Lessons learnt from the implementation of GoI‐UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme.

Within the above parameters the programme strives to strengthen the institutional structures to undertake disaster risk reduction activities at various levels, including the risk being enhanced due to climate change, and develop preparedness for recovery.

The programme specific outcomes are as follows:

  • Strengthened SDMAs and DDMAs to fulfill the responsibilities stipulated in the National DM Act (2005), especially with respect to DRM.
  • Methodologies and modalities developed for ensuring risk reduction through development programmes of all partners at national, state and community levels.
  • Urban risk reduction undertaken by addressing planning and development issues through suitable legislative and regulatory mechanisms.
  • Recovery framework setup through which the people affected by disasters are able to access resources for rebuilding their lives and to revive their livelihoods.
  • Knowledge and information sharing platform in disaster management are strengthened.